When it comes to my past and current research, my typical working process begins by Google searching for articles and briefly scanning them to pick those that best fit the topic at hand. Once I’ve gathered up my selections, I then perform a CRAAP test on each of the selected articles. The CRAAP test involves evaluating the currency, relevance, authority of the author or organization, accuracy, and purpose of the given text (CRAAP). The University Libraries official website, which is located in Central Michigan University, states that the CRAAP test is “one of the first evaluations for online content,” and it is used to filter out inaccurate information when doing research (“Website Research: CRAAP Test,” August 16, 2021). Running into misinformation on the internet is inevitable, so it’s important to evaluate sources before putting them to use in order to avoid spreading false information. In the next step of my research process, I annotate each one of the credible sources in order to highlight the important information, which usually includes experimental observations, data, and other factual evidence. Once I have annotated each document, I then organize the information gathered from the articles and interpret them, which ultimately allows me to formulate a final research paper.
I typically use the Google Scholar search engine to look for scholarly articles that relate to my topic of interest. I jot down my ideas using paper and pencil and construct my final research paper using Microsoft Word and sometimes Google Docs via my Macbook. I think a great way to enhance my personal research process is by increasing the use of other resources to familiarize myself with my topic, even more, allowing for the potential production of an increasingly detailed final research paper.