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Web Research Guide

Your Own Prior Knowledge

  • Sometimes, the best place to start your research is with what you already know. Now, if you are new to the world of Web research, this might not be the case. But for those of you who spend a great deal of time on the Web, you're slowly building your own personal directory of your favorite sites. In some cases, it can be better to start your research, not by visiting a search engine or a directory, but by delving into your own archive of Web sites you've bookmarked.
  • Here are some useful resources you may have already encountered in your Web travels:
  • As you continue to surf the Web, bookmark these and other valuable sites. Even if you don't need them at the time, chances are that when you're doing a research paper next semester, you'll wish you had bookmarked that wonderful site you accidentally stumbled upon months earlier.
  • Tip: Consider visiting the links featured on a Web site you've bookmarked. If the Web site has quality materials, the sites it links to might also have materials worth checking out.
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  • Example: NOVA's Pyramid Online Adventures features many useful materials and resources, including interviews with archaeologists documenting their digs in Egypt, the history of Egyptian pyramids, and information on archaeologists' theories and discoveries.