Evaluating Research and Determining When to Cite
Get a good headstart on research methods. You will be asked to evaluate research in terms of the advantages and disadvantages.
Advantage - most credible, peer reviewed, objective
Disadvantage - hard to read and can be quite technical
Advantage - credible, often link to more research, reviewed
Disadvantage - finding specific research information can be hard in a book
Advantage - neutral, objective
Disadvantage - shallow and purely factual with no depth
Advantage - easier to read, a good springboard for further research, credibly affirm dates and events,
Disadvantage - some sensationalism, bias
Advantage - peer reviewed, comprehensive, tends to be neutral, a good first step fro finding more research
Disadvantage - lack of depth, not good fro specific research questions
Advantage - easy to find, efficient collection, can provide links to further research
Disadvantage - often biased and credibility is sometimes questionable
The top ones are journal and books. We need to rely more and more on them but we can use the others to help get us started. Begin by looking at journal abstracts and learn to copy and paste information onto a prearranged structure.
Learn the citation rules, particularly for MLA. A good website for that is by the IBO organization. The key thing to realizes is that it is ok to have a lot of citations and that even when you do use your own words, you still must references where the source of the information came from. A good rule of thumb is;