At Gordon Library we know that WPI students have a lot of wisdom to share about finding great information. This A-term we’ve been asking first-year and IQP students for some of their best tips and techniques for finding that needle-in-the-haystack piece of information that will make their project solutions that much better.
Our question: What are some of the best tips or methods you know for finding high quality and relevant information for research projects?
Here is a sample of what students had to say:
- Trying different word choices in advanced search on the library website.
- Using the WPI research databases available through the Gordon Library website and also using the librarians as a resource to find information within the library.
- Use various formats of sources such as web article, textbook and many more. Always watch out to make sure that the source is reliable.
- I look at multiple sources through the library website, Google Scholar, and meeting with a reference librarian.
- Using JSTOR, Google Scholar, finding relevant articles and looking at who they sourced, using precise language in your searches, actually going to the library.
- I find the databases helpful. I look through couple of relevant journals and research papers and check the bibliography to see if I can find sources that I could look into.
- Honestly, simply spending time looking for a source that best fits what you’re looking for. There is no real short cut to finding good information.
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