Over all i’d say a learned some valuable tools in the past few weeks. This sort of surprised me, not because I thought I knew everything but, because I found out how much I didn’t know. So here’s a brief list of things I didn’t know:
1) Not all search engines are created equal. Even the big three (Yahoo, Google and Bing) differ greatly in their search results and there are specialized search engines such as lexis Nexis for focused research.
2) Libraries live on! Must admit, I’d all but abandoned libraries but they’re a wealth of information. (duh!) The New York Public Library has excellent electronic resources as does the CUNY library.
3) A research paper that actually requires research. The days of regurgitated information are over. My research papers now have focus and purpose.
4) Focused searches equal focused information. If your looking for something specific focus your searches for specific results, and don’t forget to check your data bases.
There is much more information and many tips that I could include from Badke but these are the big four that will make an impact in my future writing assignments.