It’s crucial to do some research when you’re starting a website.
Even if you’re blogging as a hobby, when you’re sharing information with your visitors – it’s always a good idea to double check with other sources.
Here’s a list of five tips for doing research as well as a list of five potential resources for you to use. With the help of these, it shouldn’t be too hard to get the ball rolling!
Online Research Tips
1. Google Scholar
“A search using Google or Google Scholar can result in millions of potential sources,” says Cornell University. One of the first things to know about is Google’s excellent site for searching through scholarly sources.
It will be very helpful on your research journey.
2. Touchy subjects
The technology experts at AboutTech make a good point: “If you are going to argue a point about politics, medicine, animal care, or gun control, then you better take the time to make your argument legitimate. Spending 10 seconds with Google and copy-pasting wikipedia links doesn’t cut it.”
Anytime you’re going to make an argument for or against something people feel strongly about, please be sure you have your facts right.
There’s nowhere better to check if you do than through scholarly sources. A better way is not to write about controversial subjects – and avoid stirring up strife in your readers!
3. Create an argument
eLearners.com encourages writers to “Develop a solid thesis statement that gives you room to develop an argument.” A lot of people mistake the word “argument” for the word “fight,”; however, an argument is just a well thought out thesis with points to back it up.
So development of a strong thesis is imperative.
4. Get peer reviewed articles
“‘Peer-reviewed’ means that top experts in the field have reviewed the research to make sure it is accurate, trustworthy, and informed before publishing it,” says WikiHow.com.
This is where the idea of scholarly sources comes in. Scholarly sources can be trusted*, especially those that are peer-reviewed. There are many peer-reviewed journals out there on any number of topics.
These will also help you in building a strong argument. The more sources you have, the better off you are.
5. Have a grasp of Boolean phrasing
About Boolean logic, LearnTheNet.com states: “Perhaps the most useful feature in defining search criteria, Boolean operators provide you with powerful control over search engine logic.”
Boolean phrasing in search engines has to do with the use of words like AND or OR and the use of brackets to add or remove certain words from your search.
You should get as familiar with these when you’re using a search field.
Sometimes researching can be a daunting task. It reminds most people of their days in college.
Not a lot of people enjoy research papers, but with all those tools under your belt, researching for your website shouldn’t be too hard.
1. Purdue Owl: This is the most well known and used website when it comes to formatting a scholarly document. If you’re writing something that needs to be researched, formatting it will only make it look even better.
2. National Archives: Federal documents can be found here.
3. FindArticles.com: Here you’ll find a hub to search for articles of any kind.
4. Internet Public Library: This is the Internet’s first public library.
5. Library of Congress: The Library of Congress holds an immense amount of documents for any researcher.