Crim 12– Research

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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.

Canada In Context
Canada in Context is an authoritative and continuously updated reference content, written from a Canadian perspective, with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

Canadian Legal Information Institute
This database provides you access to various Canadian criminal cases.

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


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