To make the most of your online resources when doing research, follow these quick tips:
1. Know what's in a name:
.org = nonprofit organizations
.edu = educational institutions
.gov = government agencie
.com = commercial sites
.mil = military sites
2. Choose sources that pass the test:
If you are looking for credible information, research sites that have data that backs up the statements. The best sites give you footnotes and resource information or you can view original papers or studies.
3. Don't rely on just one site:
Find the information on multiple sites and from multiple sources. This helps to ensure that you are using verified facts confirmed by multiple parties.
4. Cite your sites:
Properly cite your sources when drawing from online research. Ask your teacher how he/she would prefer online sources be credited.
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5. Vary your media:
Websites are great for finding analytical papers and seeing what people think. Stretch out and vary your media by checking out podcasts on your topics or reading blogs. Both can be sources of up-to-the-minute information.
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