effectively comes with repetitiveness, focused and intent observation, and experience. That I know of, there are 2 basic approaches to initial search strings: 1) broad search then narrow, 2) very narrow and focused moving towards a broader more inclusive search. I use both, but the initial is dependent on the request topic. If it's a broad topic and I think it will be 'high' information, I choose a more focused initial search string. If the CQ is very narrow and I think it's low information (meaning there will not be a lot of sources available), I will employ a very broad initial search, then narrow based on the results.((I generally consider any search that returns approximately 10 or more potentially pertinent sources high information)).(hint: In order to determine feasibility, you'll need to employ your first search string to see if there is some info available... if yes, feasible)IMPORTANT:There are 2 major parts to sourcing a request: the sources with their source notes and the sourcing summary.There are 3 sections to source notes: 1) the source date, 2) source relevance, and 3) source credibility.Here are the 3 components of a source note (1 complete note per source)Date of the Source: All sources used should be no older than 2 years, unless the interpreter has specifically noted that the client is OK with older sources.If a source appears to be valid to use for the request, but an exact publication date is not available(for example, a website appears to be current and regularly updated, but no specific date of publication can be found), sourcers are able to select the "unknown" option. If you select the "unknown" option for any source, we recommend that you provide an explanation of credibility (#3, explained below).Relevance (of the source): This is the most critical part of the Note! Here, in a 1-sentence summary, you'll identify what the source is and why the source is relevant to use for the request.
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Credibility (of Source):The credibility of a source applies to all situations where the source can be questionable according to value of information which contains and/or is older than 24 months.Here's a good example AND format of a source note:Source 3 URL: Source 3 Title: Policy MapDate: Mar 2018Relevance: Policy Map is a tool that offers information in regards to demographics, housing, cost, and other items for various areas in the US and answers that part of the client question.Credibility of Source: The information is updated using several government sources such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Courts.SOURCE CREDIBILITYWhat makes a non-credible source?Wonder defines a potentially non credible source as a website that is known to cite information that is biased, unsubstantiated, inexplicably out-of-date, or "open source" (editable by anyone).Examples:Wikipedia- Never a reliable source since it can be edited by anyone.Owler & Medium & Reddit- Anyone can upload articles or blogs on all of these websites, regardless of credibility.
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