By: Chelsea Tamborski
When you write an article, there’s a lot of different factors to consider to make sure your paper reaches its full potential. Not only are the title, topic, style, and information all vital, but so is the time-consuming act of finding accurate and credible resources. No matter the topic of your article, ensuring that your information is precise will strengthen the backbone of the paper. Usually every claim, quote, and piece of data that is included can be easily proved or disproved with a simple Google search, and safeguarding the information provided it is a necessity to confirm its authenticity.
There’s a variety of different research strategies you can use, depending on what your topic is. When searching the internet or browsing through the library for secondary resources, remember that the more recent, the better. Though many subjects have been studied and the results have since been unchanged, there’s others that are constantly changing. For instance, if your topic is about a specific science discovery, would want to use the most up to date information available, whether it be in regards to data reports, accident reports, or and update to the original discovery.
It’s also important to use only credited websites or books, and avoid using websites that are edited by the public, like Wikipedia. The Encyclopedia Britannica, Google Scholar, EBSCO hot, and LexisNexis are all excellent examples of websites that have both dependable material and reliable information. When searching through these websites, it’s key to sort through anything that might be outdated or lacking expert opinion. Although most articles usually have undertones of the author’s personal bias, don’t let that deter you from the facts. You can use their opinion to support or contrast your own. Just make sure they didn’t distort any of the actual facts.
When people first delve into the researching process, they tend to avoid the library, even though it can be extremely useful. Though searching online may seem easier, there’s a wealth of information hidden within the library, and as long as you’re thorough in your research and confident that the authors you’re reading from are well versed on the subject, it should help to create an effective and valuable paper.