How to write an amazing research paper: using online sources


There are lots of positives to using online resources.

  • You can research you subject any time of day or night.
  • Most Universities have online libraries.
  • You are not limited by the availability of resources locally.
  • You can get a global perspective of your subject.
  • If you do not have internet connection where you live you can use the facilities at the University Library.
  • There are lots of difference search engines so, if one does not throw up suitable results you acan change to another.
  • You will also have access to e Books.

  • There are also lots of Negatives

  • You may be using work that is unfamiliar to you and your tutor.
  • You may be using work that has tenuous connections to what you are actually researching.
  • If you are using the internet facilities at University you may find that there are not using the search engines of your choice.
  • It takes time….a long time. It’s so easy to get sidetracked.
  • You need to take care over the order in which you type in your key words. If you find something you like you need to make a note of it and the key words you used, as you may not be able to get back to the same page again!

  • Credible or Incredible Sources

  • If you are not sure if the source you have found is credible or not … If you have to ask that question then the sources of probably not credible so don’t use it.
  • It is like when you think that something is too good to be true, well, it probably is too good to be true. Be choosy, be selective.

  • Note taking

  • Even though you have made a note of the website you have found and the key words you used to find it, you need to make other notes ‘to self’, as to why you have chosen this document online, and how you are going to use it.
  • If you cut and paste some of the work to refer to later make sure that you do paraphrase. If you are using a quote from the document make sure that you cite it and acknowledge that it is someone else’s work. Steer clear from Plagiarism.
  • Use a project diary to keep everything in one place.

  • Be selective

  • Because it’s on the internet, does not mean that it is true.
  • Be firm if you get sidetracked with all the additional information that is available in the internet.
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