Grey -Research Tips

Michele Landsberg “West Must Confront Anonymous Misery of the World’s Children”


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Online resources to improve your search

Google search operators
refine your search results using Google search operators

Google Scholar
provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

Gale Global Issues In Context
Aggregates content on many issues from sources like magazines, newspaper, academic journals, and more. The sources are trusted providers of news and suitable for research.

Encyclopedia Britannica
Reliable and venerable, this massive encyclopedia, first published in the 1770s in Edinburgh, Scotland remains a classic. It has three main components: the “Micropaedia” has short articles for fact checking and short searches; the Macropaedia has longer articles; and the Propaedia, which serves as the index, claims to provide “an outline of human knowledge” – the big picture! Take a look a this to put your present assignment in context… (For username and password for home use, see list in the learning commons or email Mr.Lettington.)

Ebsco is a large and varied database. It provides access to full journal articles,. There is much more. It takes time to know what these larger databases have to offer. Consider exploring one section at a time. This is an excellent place to look for journal articles. (For username and password for home use, see list in the learning commons or email Mr. Lettnigton.)

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Validating Sources

Getting search results is the easy part of your research. You can type almost anything into Google or a database and get results. The more challenging task if is analyzing your resources–validating them.

Is it a good resource?

Use the acronym RADCAB to help you answer that question.


Is it fake?

Finally, even if your source passes all these tests you must be aware of the many illegitimate sources of information that are appearing online. These spurious sources include satire sites and fake news sites.

What is fake news