Vetting Your Sources
Using Google is quick and easy but caveat emptor: evaluate the resources you use.
Apply the CRAP test:
- Currency - Is the information current? Is it updated regularly?
- Reliability - Is the source reputable? Is it accurate?
- Authority - Who created the information? Why?
- Purpose/Point of View - Is there a balance of perspectives? Is the information biased?
Be a Search Ninja! With Tools!
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Building Your Business Research Toolkit
Experience and knowledge with these research tools will enhance your business skill set. Efficient use will benefit your academic and business career. Become a research ninja by using the following tips to find the most common answers to student business questions.
Researching an Industry using First Research
- Go to the database First Research.
- Try a search.
Bad search: make up
Better search: makeup
Best search: cosmetics
- The result page is an industry overview.
- The left side of the screen lists shortcuts to different features of the overview.
This example shows the growth rating for Cosmetics, Beauty Supply, and Perfume Stores.
Finding an Article Using Business Source Premier
- Go to the database Business Source Premier.
- Search for: hospital patients.
- You get almost 20,000 results. Too many! Click "Refine Search."
- Search for: hospital patients AND fall.
- These results are closer: look at the left side of the screen and click on appropriate Thesaurus and Subject terms. Subject terms are the primary focus of the article.
- You can see that HOSPITALS is in the thesaurus and "FALLS (Accidents)" is a subject.
- Do a new search for FALLS (Accidents) Prevention (in SUBJECT terms) AND hospitals (in SUBJECT terms).