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To round out my research tips, here's a few programs you could use to organize your sources and write your papers.
 

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So...

...that's about it. If you're still with me, thanks for reading through the series and I hope its given you a few new tools and tricks to help you improve your research skills. I'm posting this research tips series under a Creative Commons Attribution license which means you're free to distribute it, use it for classes (as a student or a teacher), adapt it to your own needs, and the like --- as long as my work is attributed to me --- in addition to the usual rights you have to it under Fair Use provisions of copyright law.

If you've been impressed by this series, awesome! (You wouldn't happen to be hiring a research assistant would you? ;) )  If you have any tips of your own you'd like to share or if you have any feedback on this series, I'd love to hear from you :D .


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When even the tips I've covered thusfar haven't helped and you're still staring at a reference page much too short to write a legitimate paper with, do not yet despair. I've got a few more tricks up my sleeve that might just work.

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Okay great, you say, but my topic is so tricky that even these tips haven’t helped.  Am I just out of luck?

No!  Buckle your seatbelts intrepid researchers, because here are my advanced research tips.

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(This series continues in Part 4: here)


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But what if these searches still return too many irrelevant hits?  Well then, you’ll just have to get more creative with your keywords.

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Researching Tricky Queries;
Tips on what to do when you can't find what you're looking for

So you’ve started with what you know, maybe consulted an encyclopedia or a wiki for some background reading and with that you’ve come up with some keywords.  You’ve typed one into Google and…

Oops.  5 million hits.  That bites.  No way are you sorting through all of those. For one thing, some of them are obviously rubbish. And you can't cite RandomPaganGirl's Livejournal in your paper – she could be making it all up. Besides, there's just no way anyone could possibly have time to go through even 1/10th of those results. By the time you sort out the rubbish from the legitimate sources you can use, you won't have any time left to read those sources, take notes, and write a paper (and you'll probably have a migraine from staring at the computer screen for that long). So what do you do then?

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