Searching and Researching Blog Post

Hello current and future students!

I am here to tell you how important it is to search and research effectively. Coming to college, you may or may not have had to do a paper conducting some research. I personally did, but it was nothing compared to what is expected in college. Back in high school if I ever had to do research for a topic I would just quickly skim through Wikipedia and call it a day. However, in college you are required to do a lot more. First of all you must learn how to cite you sources. This is really important because if you fail to cite something properly you can be accused of plagiarism. Also, you must learn how to search for different kinds of information. You can’t just simply read a summary of something and talk about it. You must do a good amount of research so you know what you are talking about. That is why learning to search and research effectively is so important. There are so many ways to do it effectively. There are advanced searching tools on websites you use everyday such as Google and Yahoo. They have things like “Google Scholar” and advanced search bars. Even universities have great options and similar websites for research that also help you properly cite your sources. This all was new to me and made searching for what I want so much easier and better. Instead of having generic information on a topic, I could find research and new innovative ideas on a topic that would make me more interested in what the topic is about and make me more of an expert on communicating with an audience about the topic. Hope this helps!


Estifanos (Steve) Mewael

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