It is a lot easier to do research nowadays. Thanks to the internet, you can search for anything under the sun (even away from it at times). Of course, old-school research is still effective and can be done but with the help of internet research, it is easier and less time consuming than before.
But as mentioned, the internet is very vast. Because of that, you might get a hard time finding what you are looking for. It also gets you distracted at times if you get to the wrong place. For that matter, an organization is a key so that you will not misguided. Here are the things you should do:
1. Specify Your Research
With the internet, all of the topics you can think of is there, so it is easy to get lost. Because of that, specification is important. You will just have to break down what you need to search for and that way, it will be less time consuming and also less likely for you to get distracted with other topics.
2. Know the Sites/Sources
Another way for you to save time is to know all the possible sites you can look for in advance. It could either be ones suggested to you or ones you have searched for yourself. With this, you will also know if the site you are using is legitimate and trusted. You will have to watch out for sites that are false. You should also see if the site based upon opinion and not facts because it will also affect what you are writing. Remember that what you write is your own. If you tend to agree with some opinions then you will have to mention it.
3. Spot the Similarities and Differences
As you are searching for a topic, there will surely be discussions about it. And you will see that some agree with the other then there will be some that are different. With this, you will have to dig deeper. You should know about the facts surrounding it. As mentioned earlier, some sites are opinionated, so you will have to look out for that. You will look out if it is something from a writer’s experience and how many facts are there. In the end, you will get to decide what you will do with it.
4. Have a File
With all the research you will get, it is important to have it all in one place. That way, it will be a lot easier for you to find and study it. Sure, you can have those sites bookmarked or saved, but it will be much easier for you to have your highlights saved on a file to make it easier for you to combine your research in the end.
5. Save and Print
No matter what, always save your files. There are different ways to do it. You can have them in a file or email it to yourself. You can also print it so that you will have a concrete copy. There is a big possibility to have it lost, so always keep copies for yourself, so your efforts will not be wasted.