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STM 298 - Senior Seminar: Spring 2024


Welcome to the research guide for STM 298. The goal of this guide is to walk you through the process of finding primary articles.

Get Started: find a topic

Tips for picking a topic:

  • Pick a topic that has two to three concepts.  
  • Learning about your topic will help you to define the search terms to use when you search for articles.
  • It can take up to a year or two for scholarly articles to be published.  You may have trouble finding articles on very recent topics.

The resources listed below can help you find a topic.  These resources are NOT recommended for scholarly articles.

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Bonus: The CRAP Test for Evaluating Information

Avoiding Crap on the web:  the C.R.A.P. test:

  • Currency: When was it written?  Is the information up to date?
  • Reliability: Where did the author(s) get their information?  Do they list their sources?
  • Authority: Who is the author? What are their credentials?
  • Purpose: Is the author trying to sell you something?   Is there a bias?