Research- Where to Begin

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Research: Where do I begin? Before you begin your research, you should ask yourself some questions. These will help  narrow your search parameters. What kind of information are you looking for? Do you want facts? Opinions? News reports? Research studies? Analyses? Personal reflections?  History?  Where would be a likely place to look? Which sources are likely to be most useful to you? Libraries? The Internet? Academic  periodicals? Newspapers? Government records?  If, for example, you searching for information on some current event, a reliable newspaper like  the NY Times will be a useful source. Are you searching for statistics on some aspect of the  U.S. population? Then, start with documents such as United States census reports. Do you  want some scholarly interpretations of literature? If so, academic periodicals and books are  likely to have what you’re looking for. Want to know about commercial products? Will those  companies have Web sites with information? Are you searching for local history? Then a  county library, government office, or local newspaper archive is likely to be the most useful.  How much information do you need? How many sources of information are you looking for? Do you need to view both sides of the  issue?  Online vs. Print Publications
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  • Spring '08
  • up­ to­date information, Print Sources Books, up­to­date information. Newspapers, Internet­Only Sources Websites, research.  Government Reports

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