In transforming your chosen topic or idea into an academic paper, it is essential to acknowledge that your current knowledge may not suffice in addressing the issues you wish to explore. Therefore, you’ll need additional sources to help prove your concepts in the form of well-written and credible literature. Conducting literature searches is crucial, as not all information available on the internet is reliable, and there is a risk of encountering hoaxes or dubious journals.
To search for quality academic literature, you can turn to search engines like Google, Microsoft Bing, or Yahoo. However, this process demands the skill of evaluating search results critically to identify reputable sources. Utilizing proper search strategies as provided, can help access information via Google.
It is easy for anyone to publish anything on the internet. Anything is a ‘legitimate resource’ as long as you approach it critically. After you get the results from searching through Boolean logic, make sure that the results you will use can be trusted. Here are two notes while using sources from Google, especially for scientific writing:
- DO investigate the credibility of the author or article’s postings.
Articles written by published authors have more authority than those authored by unpublished authors. You might find enough information by quickly searching a quick search on Google Scholar to assess their validity.
- DO NOT USE WIKIPEDIA
We’re not suggesting don’t utilize Wikipedia. It can be a useful tool for acquiring an overview of what you’ve uncovered. However, this should only help you understand the information in the other source, which you should mention. Of course, you can verify the source links at the bottom of a page and quote those instead.
Additionally, UNS Library offers access to high-quality literature through its website at https://library.uns.ac.id/. For electronic resources, the library provides access via https://ezproxy.uns.ac.id/ by logging in using SSO (Single Sign-On).