The following resources were created to guide you through research based on gathering information using primary source methods, which includes interviews and observations, as well as using secondary methods, including books, journals, papers, and websites. Also, you will learn how to evaluate the quality of research sources with the help of materials provided in this section.

Brief Overview

It’s safe to say that we live in an era where information is everything. Problems arise not because we don’t have enough information, but because we have too much of it, which is why it’s such a challenge knowing where to begin your research, where to find the right sort of information, and which types of sources to use for best results.

Primary Research

Primary research revolves around gathering useful information on a particular topic first-hand. This area contains all the information you will need, including how primary research is defined, where to begin with it, the ethical implications involved in this type of research, as well as becoming familiar with different types of primary research. You will also find instructions no how to perform interviews, surveys, and observations, and analyze the collected data.

Source Evaluation

One of the most important aspects of conducting research is evaluating your sources of information. This area contains guidelines which will inform you on how to evaluate citations found in bibliographies. Also, you will learn about different evaluation aspects, reading evaluation, as well as the difference between printed and online sources.

Online Search

This area contains all you need to know on how to conduct your online searches, which includes details on how search engines work, the use of Boolean operators for narrowing down your search, Web directories, and the Invisible Web, which is a part of the World Wide Web which is not indexed by any of the search engines. Also features annotated links for more information.

Internet References

This section acts like a guide which features links and brief overview of all the resources you will need for writing, such as grammar books, dictionaries, style guides, editing resources, online libraries, books, e-books, newspaper, journals, news feeds, and magazines.

Archive Research

In this area, you will find all the necessary information and pointers on how to perform research using different types of archives, along with suggestions on best practices and all of the considerations related to archival research.

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