To prevent bias and ensure accurate information, information should be gathered from a minimum of three credible sources. The sources should be evaluated as to their credibility of information. Use these sources in your writing (cite as evidence) without copying them word for word to avoid plagiarism. Provide a Works Cited page whenever research is used in a project or essay. See the Works Cited section of The Writing Center for more information.
Begin with a Plan
- What is the research topic you will investigate?
- What types of sources will you use?
- What is the criteria for choosing and evaluating the quality of those sources?
- How can you determine the value of sources?
- Where and how can you most effectively integrate information, evidence, or quotations into the text without hampering the flow of ideas or your writing style?
- What passages should be cited so as to avoid any possible allegations of plagiarism?
Researching Step by Step
- Research a topic and gather a minimum of three sources of information.
- Evaluate the quality of the sources. Are they reliable?
- Use evidence from each of these sources in your project or essay.
- Include a Works Cited page at the end of the project, PowerPoint, or essay.
Credible Web Sources
When researching a topic on the internet, keep in mind that there are accurate and inaccurate sources of information. How can you tell the difference?
Good web domains: .edu = higher education, colleges, and universities
.gov = government agencies
.org = non-profit organizations
Use with caution: .com = commercial, usually for-profit and more interested
in revenue than reliability of information