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Upstanders: Taking action during the Holocaust: Research guide

Welcome!

Welcome to your guide to library research on Upstanders!

Here you'll find some help on getting started in your research, searching tips and tricks, and links to helpful resources.

Mr. Q is available to help you along your path to becoming an expert researcher. Please ask questions and have fun!

Evaluating Websites

 

There's a lot of information out there. How do you decide whether it's good information?
Use the following criteria to evaluate the sources you're considering.
This list is based was on Sarah Blakeslee's work at the University of California at Chico's Meriam Library.

Currency
Is the information up-to-date? Depending on your research topic, this might not be important.
Relevance
Does the information address your topic?
Authority
Who is responsible for the information? Is s/he an expert on the topic?
Accuracy
Can the information be verified in other sources?

Purpose
Why was the information created? To educate? To sell something? To entertain? To push a particular viewpoint?

 

This content has been borrowed from Brown Unviersity Library's Research Help DIY guide. For more in-depth information, visit the guide here: http://libguides.brown.edu/diy

Yad Vashem, Hall of Remembrance, by Berthold Werner, 2008. Used under Creative Commons license.

Hacking your Google Results: Advanced Search

Google.com was created to make money. Results are based on popularity rather than on reliable, balanced content and quality.

Each search engine has its own way of searching. For instance, Google uses hundreds of factors when considering which pages to show you, such as:

  • The number of links to the page from other webpages
  • The relevance of your search terms in the content webpage
  • The number of pages in the website

You must evaluate all web resources very carefully to determine if they're acceptable for a research paper. 

Google Advanced features make your web searches more efficient. Advanced keyword searches, ability to limit by domain type (like .edu or .org), language, dates, and usage rights are some of the options.

Advanced Search can be found here or you can use the gear box to find it.

 

This content has been borrowed from Brown Unviersity Library's Research Help DIY guide. For more in-depth information, visit the guide here: http://libguides.brown.edu/diy