Playing the Information-Seeker: Finding Sources for Research

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“What comes around goes around”! This is the widespread and wise saying every student should keep in mind while preparing his or her research project. If a research is poorly prepared or fulfilled, then no A is expected. In the meantime, “no pain, no gain” is also quite indicative for students’ academic careers to show how hard and intense they should try to pull off in making their studies and essays better. Whatever life truth or a proverb is used, they all characterize the huge and extensional burden behind writing quality research projects. Some people may easily get through this routine challenge; others do not. As we are happy for the first group of talented and gifted students, we are still eager to help the second camp of needy strugglers who are confused about proper ways of completing their research projects. Our writing company is well aware of modern trends in the field of academic writing as well as of up-to-date challenges that surround this practice, which is why our mission is to provide best and relevant solutions to all students in need. 

In a way, writing a research, a study, or an essay is a sort of art. It is not a secret that a reliable, valid and comprehensive research project of any nature is made only upon having an appropriate base of research literature and sources. While a lot of students neglect the importance of literature in their research, this academic element of studying remains to be a significant foundation for overall strategy of doing research. According to latest statistical data from independent academic research agencies, more than 65% of students fail to complete research projects and individual studies because of shortage of reliable literature and lack of competency on research topic (which, indeed, is compensated by reading reliable literature). Even those active students who want to locate and get valid literature via Google search engine eventually fail, since Google provides them with some alternative blogs, web-platforms or amateur websites that have nothing in common with reliable sources or credible research data. Some other in-depth requests and searches may also lead to zero outcomes: you might find the appropriate article on the web, but access to information can be limited and disclosed only in terms of payment. Although we are not personally supporting these cases of monetization on academic knowledge, we have to accept the harsh contemporary reality and define alternative options of finding free and open expertise.

For this reason, we would like to shed the light upon these alternative variants of searching reliable sources and literature for doing your academic researches and high quality essays. To be specific, we will share useful tips and lifehacks on how to search and find credible sources on the Internet without referring to payable solutions or non-official or non-legal instruments of search. These recommendations are provided in the list below.

Best Ways to Find Academic Literature Immediately

1. Google Scholar to Help! Use specialized Google search, which is known as Google Scholar. Many students use Google search engine without even knowing of company’s alternative platform that is directly associated with academic content. You may utilize Google Scholar freely and find a variety of professional, credible, and reliable sources on necessary topic. Even though Google Scholar is intuitively understandable, some specific aspects of using its interface should be mentioned. For example, the initial search results on any topic are usually very scattered between years of publication, what complicates identification of up-to-date sources. To cope with this, it is recommended to set the minimal limit of year of publication in the left. Afterwards, search outcomes will be systematized. Moreover, you should be advised that some sources can be open and viewed for free. If the source is available, it will be marked as [PDF] in the right side of search results. Google Scholar remains to be one of the most valuable and easiest ways to find reliable sources nowadays. Weblink - https://scholar.google.com

2. Classic Google as an Assistant. Importantly to say, the traditional Google search engine can also bring benefits to any information-seeker. The main point is to set up the right request. The trick here is to add “pdf” in the end of your keywords. For example, if you are searching literature on autism, you may type the following: “autism early intervention pdf”. All search outcomes will be associated with PDF-files, accordingly. Although some results may be flat and relate to governmental organization, there is a high risk of locating necessary reliable sources with academic context.

3. A Deeper Diver into Database. There are multiple open research databases that provide a free access to reliable and credible academic content. The core problem is that some of them are efficient, while others are controversial and problematic for accurate research. Based on our professional experience, we would like to outline such databases as ERIC, ScienceOpen, and CORE, which have been ranked as most systematic and beneficial in finding exact and useful academic materials.

ERIC - https://eric.ed.gov

CORE - https://core.ac.uk

ScienceOpen - https://www.scienceopen.com

4. A Special Case of Pubmed. Among all open databases, PubMed supported by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) deserves a special attention. This database stands out by incorporating a vast range of scientific subcategories and disciplines, from human psychology to healthcare and sociology. Moreover, the website provides a direct access to multiple full-text articles, books, and studies, what makes it extremely universal and useful. Weblink - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

5. Armed by Software! In the age of globalized information sharing, users tend to share data on altruistic and voluntary basis. In this sense, it is also possible to apply special software for searching research materials. An example of this one is SoulSeek, a classic example of open P2P network. Formally, every computer is connected to this network with providing free access to local files of any nature, including books, articles, and textual materials. The only condition is to share something in exchange, giving access to some files on your computer. In return, you get an access to some exclusive, rare, or limited information. SoulSeek is not a universal tool, but sometimes it may essentially help in finding some unique or specific hard-to-access material.

As you can see, searching for reliable research literature is a routine and complex process, but it leads to eventual success in one way or another. However, even in terms of locating and finding sources, students have to deal with another noticeable challenge, which is the systematization and generalization of knowledge from literature. This involves accurate and proper interpretation of information provided in the sources, which is a really complicated task even for experienced students. In this context, it should be noted that professional writing services are designed to solve these issues, and, honestly, there is nothing shameful on using these services for help.

In fact, our company is highly proud of its writers, who are professional enough to find necessary literature and systematize data derived from sources. The hints we shared with our audience is only the tip of the iceberg, since our writers are aware of more advanced and sophisticated ways of finding reliable literature. It makes our service competitively advantageous in comparison to other writing services. We are very pleased if our tips are helpful to any of students, but, in the meantime, our service is always open to all students in need, given our organizational resources and abilities to make this job more professionally and responsibly than anybody else.