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HOW TO SEARCH INFORMATION

  • Define your topic and consider it from many different aspects
  • Try to consider the main keywords and central concept of your idea 
  • Learn how to use different search services 
  • Combine your keywords by commands AND, OR & NOT and use capital letters when doing this

EVALUATE AND BE CRITICAL: 

  • An essential part of any research is to critically evaluate the information that is found
  • Focus on these things when searching information: 
    • Relevance; Is this site relevant for my needs?
    • Accuracy; When was the information on the site updated, where can I check the accuracy?
    • Perspective; Is this only one side of the issue or are there multiple perspectives provided?
    • Reliability; Who created this information, what is his/her expertise?

HOW TO PROCESS INFORMATION FROM DIFFERENT SOURCES:

  • Decide what sources you want to use: 
    • Primary sources:
      • Original materials that provide direct information on the subject
      • Contemporary sources that were created when the event happened (newspaper articles)
      • Primary sources may be published or unpublished 
    • Secondary sources:
      • Interpret and discuss the evidence provided by the primary sources
      • Secondary sources are usually second-hand knowledge or observation
    • Tertiary sources:
      • Books or articles that summarize the information from primary and secondary sources
      • Provides background knowledge on the topic
  • It is important to evaluate, compare and combine information from different sources so that the sources are suitable for your own work and the topic that you have chosen 
  • REMEMBER TO MARK THE REFERENCES! 

Five tips on how to improve your critical thinking by TED-Ed 



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