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Research Methods Core

This course guide provides resources to help you with various research methods such as qualitative and quantative research.

Step 2: Begin your research. Collect information and articles.

The Filter Bubble

Watch this video to learn why you do not want to totally rely on Google for your research.

How to "De-Personalize" Search Results

CNET article "Five Ways to Depersonalize Google Search Results"

  1. Use private browsing (available in all major browsers).
  2. If you have a Google account (Gmail, Drive, Google+, etc.) click the globe icon in the top-right corner to toggle personalized results off and on.
  3. Use "Search Settings" to choose "Do not use personal results".
  4. Set browser to clear history and delete cookies when closed. Use new browser for searching.
  5. Create your own depersonalized search engine.  This only works with Chrome.

Additional Suggestions:

  1. Try using DuckDuckGo for searches. Pledges anonymity. Available as a Firefox or Internet Explorer search add on.
  2. Don't click links in Facebook: copy the link and view in a different browser.
  3. Don't stay logged into Facebook, Google, Pinterest, etc... while browsing and searching.

Library databases NEVER apply filters that you are unaware of. Search results are not influenced by previous searches unless YOU decide to leave selected filters in place!

Search Tips

Think of keywords that relate to your topic to begin your research.
Boolean Operators are the words AND, OR and NOT that can be used to combine keywords in ways to narrow your search results.
Use Boolean Modifiers to further define and narrow your search.

Start With These Databases

Interlibrary Loan

If you need a book or article that we don't have, you can get it via Interlibrary Loan Details (ILL).