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HLT115: Personal & Community Health (Griffith): College Level Research

Why can't I just Google it?

Actually, Google is an excellent tool for research!

A better way of thinking about research at this level is to think about research on Google being only a part of your whole research process. We'll explore different types of sources and why they're important on this page.


Starting Your Research Tips

1.  Visit our guide on how to start your research click here:   Research: Where do I begin?

2.  Thesis Generator (research question tool):  click here  Thesis Generator


Research on the Internet

  • The Internet provides brief overviews of a topic
  • The Internet often provides valuable statistics
  • The Internet can sometimes help you discover the stakeholders of a specific issue.

Developing a Topic is Research

Research in Books & eBooks

  • Books provide in-depth coverage of a topic.
  • Books often provide valuable background information on a topic.
  • Books can also provide an overview of all the issues pertaining to a topic.

Research in Academic Articles

  • Academic journal articles are often authored by scholars active in a particular field.
  • Academic journal articles provide a close look at a particular topic.
  • Authors of academic journal articles often provide the data to support their findings.

But There's Nothing Out There!

So what do you do if you feel like nothing is out there? Your searches are getting you 0 results!

This might be because the words you are using to search are too specific and narrow-- or that you are looking for one perfect source that might not exist. 

Remember, you are trying to find sources that help you to explain some aspect of your topic, not the one source that answers your question or proves your thesis. That's your job! You have a particular perspective, and your sources are there to provide support, not to steal the show!


Since each type of source provides different kinds and depths of information, it's best to look into each resource for a diversified base of information.