Before you begin your research, you should ask yourself some questions. These will help narrow your search parameters.
Do you want facts? Opinions? News reports? Research studies? Analyses? Personal reflections? History?
Which sources are likely to be most useful to you? Libraries? The Internet? Books? Academic periodicals? Newspapers? Government records?
Research happens in steps...
First step is finding background information. What is this topic about?
Second step is gather facts and current event information.
Third step is diving deeper into trends, analysis, and themes.
How many sources of information are you looking for? Do you need to view both sides of the issue?
Adapted from The OWL at Purdue
Gathering the basics
Gathering facts and events
Gathering deeper analysis
Watch the following video to understand how sources are published along the information timeline.
DigitalLiteracy (2010, January 29). Information cycle [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=898CmcAam0s.