Never be afraid to sit awhile and think. -- Lorraine Hansberry

T is for Thinking: the ICYouSee Guide To Critical Thinking

Make sure you are in the right place.

Ask yourself how you are using the Web. Doing research is not just looking up stuff. Don't use Google and other search engines just because that is what you've done before. You should be looking for something substantial, and as powerful as Google searches are, they not only don't distinguish between the good and the bad, too often they fail to retrieve the best or most important.
  • Websites found through Google and other web search engines may not be appropriate sources for academic research and other school work.
  • It may be better to start at a library website  -- and it may even save you time.
Don't expect to find everything you will need on the Web, because not everything is available on the Web. Let me repeat: Not everything is available on the Web.
  • Because of copyright, cost, and demand issues (to name only a few reasons), some materials just won't be found on the Web.
  • Although some really old stuff does show up on the Web, a host of materials written before you were born have not migrated to the Web and might not ever.
  • Often the most valuable resources for research are only available if you or someone else (such as a school or library) has paid for access to it.

Questions to think about:

  • Do the sites address the topic you are researching?
  • Is the information presented substantial (something more in depth than you would find in an encyclopedia or Wiki)?
  • Were the pages worth visiting?

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ICYouSee T is for Thinking
John R. Henderson
Last modified: November 17, 2015