Top 10 Things to Know About Finding Information
10. Research is not a straight line.
It's a spiral, an evolution. One piece of new info can make you change course, even reverse direction. Go with the flow.
9. Find more sources than you think you’ll need.
Some sources that you pick just don’t work in the end, so collect extras from the get-go.
8. Advanced Search features ease the pain.
Use limit buttons like “scholarly” and “subject terms” to get fewer but higher quality search results.
7. Patience, my dear!
Allow enough time. No, more. There will be snags; be diligent. And let us help.
6. Research is a word game.
If you “can’t find anything” it’s usually because you haven’t found the right word yet. Think of another way to say it and try again.
5. And, no, that's not online either.
Alden Library has millions of books, articles, documents, videos, etc. that aren’t online. Anywhere. Come see.
3. Wikipedia is my friend.
It can be great places to get background info and references, but you can’t can use it as a source for a paper.
3. No, it isn't all on Google.
The stuff in our databases (academic articles), just isn’t free on the web. We pay for it; you should use it.
2. Evaluate! Evaluate! Evaluate!
Never trust anyoner. Double check every fact. Ask a lot of questions.
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