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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.
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.