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English 201 Madsen Research Guide: Search Strategies

Information on source types and evaluating information for English 201

The Research Process

As you learn about and employ specific research strategies keep some more general concepts in mind.


  • is a process that requires time, effort, and persistence.
  • increases your research abilities as well as your knowledge of your topic.
  • may challenge your preconceptions about a topic.

Consult Multiple Sources

Using multiple sources allows you to:

  • Compare sources to evaluate the accuracy of their information.
  • Find information on different aspects of your topic.
  • Compare interpretations from different authors, organizations, or fields.
  • Make up for weaknesses of different source types.
  • Find enough information for your analysis of the topic.

One Perfect Source?

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