Tips for Students on Doing Research Online

Studying at college or university usually requires some research. Today, more and more research is being done online and less is being done in actual books. The old books are very valuable, so don’t disregard them, but the reality is that you will be doing a lot of research online. To make this process easier, we have a few tips for students.


1. Google and Wikipedia

To find some keywords and a general overview of what you are researching, start by using Google and visiting Wikipedia. This should by no means be the only sources you use and you should always be careful with Wikipedia pages – they are not always the best source.

2. College or University Library

Your next step should be to visit your school library. Most colleges and universities have online libraries or at least online catalogues and other resource material. Once you have your overview and have a better idea of what to search for, start looking at what the library has.

3. Online Journals

There are many different journal platforms based on subject area and other criteria. You should search these databases for relevant journals and relevant articles. These journal articles will be great resources and will possibly give you even more ideas on your research topic.

4. Google Scholar

Google Scholar is another great resource to find relevant articles. You may be surprized at how helpful this site can be. You will have different options. You may have to pay to get access to full text articles. Alternatively, you can find the relevant article reference and see if your school library doesn’t have it.

5. Be Careful with Websites

You may need to use different websites, blog sites, and other online resources for your research. It is very important that you check these sites for authority, authenticity, bias, and currency. You don’t want to reference a site that is not trustworthy or that doesn’t have references or proof to back its claims and information.

As we mentioned earlier, don’t forget the real books. They still have information that you may not be able to find online. Ask your librarian for help and make use of some real paper books. Enjoy your research!