As you prepare to gather sources, you will need to consider the following questions:
Use these answers to help you decide where to begin gathering sources. For example, certain government websites might post statistics on many subjects, but those websites probably won't provide a critique of those statistics. For critique or analysis of statistics, you may need to read academic articles or visit websites that report on that topic.
Keep in mind that every source of information (for example, Google Scholar or Academic Search Complete) looks and works differently. While Google Scholar has one main search box, Academic Search Complete has multiple boxes. Exploring how each of these tools works, and understanding what the tool is searching (all of the internet or only certain resources) can help you target the types of information you are seeking.
|If you need background information:||If you need a broader overview:||If you need detailed information:|
|Consider consulting encyclopedias or books related to your topic. Additionally, resources like Credo Reference can provide you with general information about your topic.||Consider using books related to your topic. You can search for books in the Library Catalog.||Consider using a database or journal that is associated with your theme or the discipline for which you are writing. You can browse for databases by academic discipline in the A-Z Databases List.|
Q: When using a certain tool, like Academic Search complete, what voices or perspectives might be privileged? Whose voices might be missing within this sort of tool?
Q: In what ways might the choice of a certain tool, like the NY Times database, impact the information you are able to gather?