Search Google like a pro and, just as importantly, evaluate what you fnd.
Think carefully about the sources you are finding and using. Apply the C.R.A.P. detection model.
* Currency - How recent is the information?
* Reliability - What kind of information is included in the resource? Is it balanced? Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?
* Authority - Who is the creator or author? Who is the publisher or sponsor? What is the author's or publisher's interest (if any) in this information?
* Purpose/Point of View - Is this fact or opinion? Is the creator/author trying to sell you something; persuade you about something?
Some people add another "A" to spell CRAAP. the extra a is for Accuracy - Is the content readable? Is the content truthful? Is the content correct?
Search for scholarly literature across many subject areas and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.
If you're off-campus, Set up Google Scholar on your computer to allow access to resources available through HCC Libraries and any others where you are currently a member.
Pro Tip: Access Google Scholar through HCC Libraries databases; no need to adjust your computer's settings to show results in HCC Libraries: