In many classes, you will need to do research: to gather data, evaluate the reliability of your sources, and integrate your findings into your papers. The resources below will help you in the process of gathering and evaluating information.
For tutorials on gathering and evaluating information, see
- The Bedford Research Room
- The Seven Steps of the Research Process (Cornell University Library)
- Evaluating Sources of Information (Purdue OWL)
For finding and evaluating online sources, see:
- Web Search Strategies
- Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask (UC Berkeley LIbrary)
- Evaluating Information Found on the Internet (Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins U.)
Gathering Information: Kean University Library
To learn how to gather information with Kean's electronic resources, see the tutorials below:
In addition to the tutorials above, Kean librarians have prepared other resources and handouts for using the library and conducting research for different classes.
Recording and Organizing Source Information
Once you find a useful source, whether print or online, you should record, organize, and comment on those sources, and create the bibliographic information for the source. You can use either your own 3x5 cards or the virtual source cards in Kean University's Endnote Web. (For instructions on registering and using this resource, go here.)
If you wish to create an annotated bibliography, go to How to prepare an annotated bibliography (Cornell University Library)
In addition to gathering information in the library and online, you may also want to gather your own data through interviews, surveys, observations, or analysis. For gathering primary data, see: