What information do I really need? What information is relevant to answer my question?
Perhaps unexpectedly, this is often where researchers have difficulty. They spend so long FINDING their resources, that they want to use all of them, even if they do not answer their research question. You need to ANALYSE and SELECT what you need.
1, Analyse the type of source - you need to evaluate it for trustworthiness. Use the CRAAP test
Analyse the information - use skim and scan to ensure it is relevant to answering your question. Highlight key points, summarise and condense your notes, to make writing easier.
2. Select the most relevant, interesting and reliable information to answer your research question.
Evaluating Resources: Is your Research CRAAP? All students should start here. This set of slides explains what CRAAP stands for and how to use it.
Evaluating Websites This video tutorial clarifies how to best evaluate the information found on websites with guidance from a librarian. Duration: 1:56
ClickView Fake News Series This series teaches you how to spot non-credible texts.
VCE Science students must undertake a research task. Your teacher will give you the exact topic. You must use scholarly articles or academic articles which must be peer reviewed. This video will explain what they are.