Imagine life in college without the Internet. Seriously, think about it for a second. Can you imagine having to spend all that time in the library, searching through books, microfilm and archived periodicals? Research was really research, you had to investigate your available resources for pieces of valuable information.
Well the Internet has made researching college projects a heck of a lot easier. You may still have to go to the library from time to time, but with all the information that’s out there on the web, all you really need is a computer and an internet connection, and you can produce award-winning research projects.
Here are some websites to consider when searching for source material.
If you have absolutely no idea where to start, start with a basic encyclopedia entry. Encyclopedia references are simple and survey-like. Use them to introduce yourself to the topic you have to research. Don’t expect to gain in-depth insight into the topic, just a general familiarity with the issues, people, dates and keyword terms involved.
You need to become a master of search engines. You have to be able to understand keyword searches. Phrase your question properly so that you can find valuable information in a timely manner. Keep reformatting your search until you get the results you’re looking for.
Use the Internet to search your university’s library. You university library is a digital silo of useful information. Sure there are real books there too, but if you are searching for periodicals and so forth, log into your campus network and take advantage of a stockpile of academic source material.
Online Journals and Periodicals
Find online journals and periodicals that cover your topic. Find material that are relevant to your project. Utilize the in-depth investigations of others, but to not just recycle the specific points you find in academic papers. You need to develop your own ideas and look to other people’s research as a starting point for your own custom analysis. Check out research institutes and think tanks for the latest scholastic outlooks and research studies.
The Internet is the more powerful tool in a college students arsenal. Embrace this utensil. Know how to make it work for you. Discover ways to find instant clarification and in-depth analysis. Use online encyclopedia entries to get your bearings, and then do use a search engine to find more specific information. Use the Internet to tap into you library’s extensive resources. If you need more pointed analysis, visit online journals periodicals, institutes and think tanks. As you bring all these pieces of information together, remember to have one clear point to make in your project. Use all of the available evidence to clearly support your specific conclusions.
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