Saturday, September 1, 2012

How to Properly Research on the Internet

Paul Gil has just posted a great article at about.com bemoaning the fact that most people seem to think that online research involves nothing more than 10 seconds with Google and copy-pasting the Wikipedia links.

As he rightly says, “legitimate research is called re-search for a reason:  repetitive and continuous searching , filtering, and citing of articles, all with a critical and sceptical mindset to separate the drivel from the useful content.”

“There are over 80 billion Web pages published, and most of those pages are not worth quoting. To successfully sift it all, you must use consistent and reliable filtering methods. You will need patience to see the full breadth of writing on any single topic. And you will need your critical thinking skills to disbelieve anything until it is intelligently validated.”

For CE members and students alike, if you are seeking serious medical, professional, or historical information Paul has suggested 8 steps to researching online:

1. Decide if the Topic Is ‘Hard Research’, ‘Soft Research’, or Both.

2. Choose Which Online Authorities Are Suitable for Your Research Topic.

3. Use Different Search Engines and Keywords

4. Bookmark and Stockpile Possible Good Content.

5. Filter and Validate the Content.

6. Make a Final Decision on Which Argument You Now Support.

7. Quote and Cite the Content.

8. Choose a Research-Friendly Web Browser

For a full explanation of the above go to the original article[url]

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