Brainstorm questions that need to be answered before you can answer your research question. These can be basic questions ranging from definitions, to statistics, or complex questions about competing theories and their applicability to rural Kansas. Not all of the answers can be found in scholarly articles, so use interviews, service websites, and statistics to fill in the gaps.
Good research on extensive projects rely on multiple search sessions using different search terms.
Below is a tutorial on how to create your search terms and combine them to narrow your search for specific resources. Desipte what Google tells us, we only want about 20 great sources that answer our specific questions instead of 2,000 sort of related returns that we will never sort through.
Keep in mind that you may want to search for a scholarly book that provides an overview of domestic violence before you start searching for specific scholarly articles that relate to nuances in the topic.
When looking at an information source, try asking yourself the Five W's.
Currency: the timeliness of the information
Relevance: the importance of the information for your needs
Authority: the source of the information
Accuracy: the reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content
Purpose: the reason the information exists
By scoring each category on a scale from 1 to 10 (1 = worst, 10=best possible) you can give each site a grade on a 50 point scale for how high quality it is!
45 - 50 Excellent | 40 - 44 Good | 35 - 39 Average | 30 - 34 Borderline Acceptable | Below 30 - Unacceptable