Anyone can put information on the web, so how can we tell if it's reliable and accurate?
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Social media can include any of the following:
All of these types of social media have their own merits and drawbacks when searching for information. As the field is still growing, there is an abundance of ways to use these sites.
Some sites you could use in your studies or research include:
Follow these links for information on how to use social media in your studies or research:
Do you sometimes struggle to find what you need on Google?
There are a number of ways you can explain more clearly to Google exactly what you're looking for. Use Google Advanced Search or learn some of the more useful operators:
Can't find what you looking for? Try searching in other places:
Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia, written collaboratively by anyone who wishes to contribute. This is both the strength and the weakness of the site:
Wikipedia is not considered to be a suitably authoritative source of information for academic study.
It is not a good idea to reference Wikipedia in your assignments. If you choose to use Wikipedia as a starting point for your topic, however, the article will introduce you to the key vocabulary for the topic and the references (bottom of the page) will guide you to other sources of information on the topic. Please, also look elsewhere, such as Library SmartSearch.
Latest additions to Aston Research Explorer from members of LSS: