Can You Trust Everything You Read on The Internet?
Using sources from the Internet is quick and easy but Caveat Emptor: evaluate the resources you use. Look at "Is It True or False?" to help you decide if a source is credible.
Hint: Use the asterisk * after the root of a word to find word matches. See what the example of cardio* finds:
Hint: Use asterisks carefully. Example: hospital* will find hospitals and also hospitality, as in the restaurant & hotel industry.
Library databases have special features to help you focus your search. Your question might be "how often do patients fall down?" While this search would find results on The Internet, it won't in a library databases UNLESS those words appear exactly as you typed them.
Go to the library database = Business Source Complete.
Try this search first:
Then try this search:
You can see that the second search has fewer and more relevant results. When you use the RIGHT SIDE options, that is called MetaData, which means information that describes other information. When you select an option, such as Subject, Title or Abstract, you require that the keywords are in that part of the document description. As you can see from these two examples, it makes the results more focused and relevant.
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 answers to the most common business research questions.
The following examples are from three commonly used library databases, with each having a different focus. Each database vendor has their own search platform which makes using the special features of the database worthwhile to obtain the best results.
Bad search: drinks
Better search: hot drinks
Best search: coffee shop
This example shows the growth rating for Coffee Shops:
Use your skills! These databases contain articles: Business Source Complete, ProQuest Business and Factiva.