Can l use Wikipedia?
You need to think about how to use Wikipedia. It's okay to use it as a starting point to get your bearings, browse different sections to get an overview of the general content, then look at the sources used.
See the guide for using Wikipedia in your research.
Quick tips for searching
- Refine your searches to get the best possible results
- Always think about the evaluation criteria - is the information you are using relevant, current, authoritative and reliable?
- Consider how authoritative your sources are
- Think about the credibility of the web pages; are they suitable for scholarly purposes?
- Be critical in your use of websites, and if you use Wikipedia, use it as a starting point only. Check out Wikipedia's reference list for sources.
Search databases, articles, newspapers, journals, and online magazines that MHS have subscribed to.
- Select Science Reference Centre
- Select Advanced Search
- Refine your search using some of the following options: date of publication, publication type, document type and lexile reading level
- Enter keyword/s eg plant growth
- Select Explorer Secondary Schools
- Select Science and Math
- Select a category eg. Photosynthesis
- Refine your results
A number of factors must be considered when analysing the resources that you have used, such as:
- The scientific content - is it accurate or not?
- The detail provided - is the information discussed in depth or only superficially?
- The accessibility of the language - is it easy to read and understand?
- The credibility of the source - can you trust the information given by the source?
- The bias or impartiality of the source - are both sides of the argument covered equally?
All things Google
Here are some general Google search tips.
Google Image search
Try using the tools in the Google Image Search and see how they filter results.
Use Google Books Advanced Book Search to use specific keywords/phrases and set to "full view only" to get the whole book.
Why can't l just Google?
This video has been created by LaTrobe University Library. Although it addresses university students, it is just as relevant to us (although we are not always looking for peer-reviewed articles, but we are always looking for authoritative information.)
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