Search Results - the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
[Title] Search Results - the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Once you have your search results, you need to evaluate them so that you can choose the best resources for your topic and your specific assignment. You should start by carefully reviewing your assignment to make sure that you understand the requirements. Does your assignment specify a resource type that you need to use, such as books, videos, or articles? Does it tell you a minimum number of resources that you must use? Does it specify a date range for the resources, for example articles published in the last five years? Do the resources have to be certain length, such as more than five pages or fewer than ten pages? In addition to looking at your assignment, you also need to consider your specific topic and how it may affect your selection of resources. For example, does it make sense for you to choose resources that were published very recently, or would it be better to use resources from a specific time in the past? If you were researching recent developments in the law, you would want the most up-to-date information. If you were looking at how attitudes toward mental health have changed over the last twenty years, you would probably want to review resources published in the past as well as recent publications. Let’s look at a process that you can use when you’re reviewing your list of search results for potentially helpful resources. Step one is to review the titles and the subjects of items in your search results list, looking for the keywords that you searched. They will be in bold type. Resources that have your keywords in their title and subjects may be more relevant to your topic. You should also check whether the items in your results list meet your assignment requirements, such as resource type, length, and date. Step two is clicking on the title of a relevant item in order to read more details about it. Different details will be available depending on the resource type you are looking at. An article may have an abstract, which is a summary of the main points of the article, while a book or video may have a table of contents or a description. If the chosen item passes both step one and step two, you should proceed to read the complete item with your research question and assignment in mind. Select the full text icon to view a full article. You can also use the buttons on the right side of the screen to print, email, or save the article. For ebooks and streaming videos, click “Online Access.” And if you use the item for your assignment, remember to include it in your reference list.