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College Writing R4B: Modern Love, Ancient Brains: Research Process

David Wiese

Be Critical

Don't be afraid to let your personal taste and inclinations guide the direction of your research. 

  • What kinds of sources do you need?
    • If you need scholarly articles, search article databases on the library website.
    • If you need movie times, search Google!
  • Slow down. 
    • Is there an advanced search page?
    • Can you limit to peer-reviewed articles?
    • Can you limit by the year published?
    • Can you use any subject terms to get more relevant results?
  • Iterative searching
    • Learn from the search results
    • Too many results? Too few?
    • Look at citations from good sources

How to cite your sources?