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Information Literacy Framework for Students: Locate

Locating information

There are many resources to get you started with finding sources, but we will focus on two that can provide a wide range of information that will be helpful when beginning a research project. Regular search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo! are designed for basic information retrieval. Search engines are great for surveying recent developments in your topic or locating foundational information. Database searches will help you find peer-reviewed articles and books written by researchers. These are useful for students because they contain research-based information produced by scholars in a given field. 

Both kinds of search are important, but the kind of search you undertake will be based on your needs. We can insert the topics and keywords you developed in the Identify section into a search engine and database. Consider the differences between the results in a search engine for "economic policy" vs. the results that we see in the database search below. The search engine results begin with a Wikipedia entry, followed by a variety of different sources about economic policy in general. A search engine search can be helpful to learn background information about your topic. 

The database search reveals a series of very specific articles and information. These are peer-reviewed academic studies, so they will provide you with more in-depth, research-driven information. 

Search Engine

results of a standard google search for economic policy

Database

an example database search for economic policy