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The research process has a number of stages. The four this guide focuses on are:
Plan | Search l Evaluate | Record
Most people ignore planning and jump straight into searching, yet planning is essential for effective searching. As part of the planning process consider:
Watch - Think. Plan. Discover. Why Keywords Matter for tips about choosing keywords and searching for information (1 min 30 sec).
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Is your information relevant or reliable? Not sure whether to use the information you have found? There are some simple ways to evaluate your results.
Or use the CRAAP test.
The CRAAP Test was developed by the Meriam Library at California State University to help you evaluate the information you find.
Assess the resource against the following criteria:
Currency: The timeliness of the information
Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs
Authority: The source of the information
Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content
Purpose: The reason the information exists
This guide has been adapted from the Evaluating Information - Applying the CRAAP Test by California State University
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The Library collection also includes many resources on academic writing and study skills - example search