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Google for Researchers

Learn to use Google like a pro for your research

Why Use the Web?

Face it; it's easy and familiar to many people.  Also, the Web is a great resource for research because it's so vast; you can find primary documents, news stories, research papers, pictures, movies, sound, government reports, and more.  For research you would use the Web to:

  • Research cutting-edge topics
  • Read current news and information
  • Link to Library information & resources
  • Discover information about companies
  • Find information from all levels of government
  • Read expert and popular opinions

Web Facts

  • Most information on the Web does not go through any sort of review process
  • You must be the editor of all the Web resources you choose to use
  • Anyone can publish anything on the Web
  • Not all information you find on the Web is free
  • Information on the Web is not comprehensive
  • Most information on the Web is not permanent

You should care about this because you want to use the best resources you can to answer your research questions and learn about your topic.

Welcome to Google for Researchers

You can use Google to find highly-reliable information for your research projects and speeches.

We hope this guide will help you learn to use Google as a research tool with skill and confidence.

 

Use the CRAAP Test for Credibility

As you begin to explore your topic and seek answers to your research questions, you need to be sure that you're using the best possible sources of information. You'll most likely find a variety of sources during your research including books, articles, Web documents, interviews, DVDs, and more.

You can feel pretty confident that books you get from the library and articles you find in the library's databases are reliable and credible because you know those have gone through a traditional editorial process; someone or some group has checked all the facts and arguments the author made and then deemed them suitable for publishing. You still have to think about whether or not the book or article is current and suitable for your project but you can feel confident that it is a credible, reliable source.

For each and every source you use you want to make sure it passed the CRAAP test.

Perkins, Kendra. “The CRAAP Test: An Easy & Fun Way to Evaluate Research Sources.” RefME, 19 Apr. 2016, https://www.refme.com/blog/2016/04/19/the-craap-test-an-easy-fun-way-to-evaluate-research-sources/.

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Watch the brief video below to see how this works.

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