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SPC 1608 (Della Costa): Research Tips

A guide to help students conduct research in Professor Della Costa's Speech classes throughout the semester.

Google Tips

Using Google to find research? Consider using some of these tips to narrow your search and get better results.

Phrase Search: Putting the name of your organization in quotation marks will ensure you get results with the entire phrase, not just certain words ("Title of your song")

Site Type: Adding this tool will allow you to search your keywords on specific kinds of sides, like .org, .edu, or .gov ("August 31, 1992" site:.org)

File Type: Use this tool to locate files related to your search instead of web sites. This can help you find statistical reports ("Lake Nyos eruption" filetype:pdf)

Site Search: If you're on a web site and it does not have its own page search, use Google (December 19 site:onthisday.com)

Types of Sources

Not all articles are created equal - different kinds of articles in the library databases contain different kinds of information. Popular sources tend to be the least credible, but are often the only source to find articles on less scholarly topics. Consider your assignment and topic to decide which source is appropriate for you.

Evaluating Sources for Credibility

Before using the sources you find online, be sure to evaluate each source for credibility. Not all sources found through Google searching are credible enough to be used in an academic setting. Looking at each source through the CRAAP lens can help you determine how sound your sources are.