Today's proliferation of Web sites and Internet search engines provide a wealth of research sources not available before the creation of the Internet. One needs to be careful, however, because many of the sources easily accessed through Internet search engines, such as Google, and Yahoo may (and often DO!) contain unreliable and/or false information. In addition, queries made using these search engines often produce a large number of irrelevant or minimally useful resources. Sorting through them can be time-consuming!
REMEMBER: using online library catalogs, commercially-produced subscription indexes and databases and recommended Web sites is generally a more efficient and reliable method of doing research than "surfing the Net!"
Also, REMEMBER: Work out some of your search strategy before going online! Think about your topic. Write down key terms, concepts, titles, and the names of key people whose thinking or work is relevant to your topic. Be sure to include synonyms of key terms and concepts. Also, consider important geographic locations and time periods (i.e., geographic and chronological limiters).
Places to look for information:
Butler Library Catalog
Use to find:
If Butler does not own an item it will show which libraries do under "Find a Copy in Your Library". You are then able to request the item through an interlibrary loan
Click on "Databases" under "Start Research Here" on the Butler Libraries' Home Page
Use to find:
Internet Search Engines
Examples include: Google, Google Scholar, Yahoo, AltaVista, AskJeeves, etc.
The Library strongly urges students to begin by searching Google Scholar! It's available from the "Databases" list.
Use to find websites containing relevant information to your topic, but BE CAREFUL! Take the Butler Libraries' tutorial on "Evaluating Web Sites."