Kid-friendly databases collect information found on the internet and curate them into a searchable database. They are a great place to start your research because they give you easy access to a wide range of ideas and information.
Tip 1: Do lots of background reading around your topic using the recommended databases
Tip 2: Keep track of your sources and take good notes
Tip 3: Notice keywords that will help you narrow down your topic and search more accurately.
Tip 4: Exercise click restraint: Before clicking on the first or second result, expert searchers scroll down the page and even into the second page. They read the snippets, check the website address and the date it was published to find the most reliable and relevant results
Once you have a good background knowledge of your topic and some great keywords it's time to do some more detailed research.
Books and journal articles whether printed or on a paid database are a great place to go. They have already been through a rigorous publishing process so the information in them is much more likely to be accurate and less biased. Here are some of the databases SPH subscribes to: