Look for scholarly journals when doing research. They are usually published by universities or professional associations.
Articles in scholarly journals...
Many databases allow you to check a box to narrow your results to only articles from these publications.
Keyword searches only find matching words (with the exact spelling used), not necessarily items about those words.
AUTHOR SEARCH VS. SUBJECT SEARCH
To find items by authors, do an Author Search (last name, first name).
To find items about authors, do a Subject Search of the author's name (last name, first name).
LOOK FOR SUBJECT TERMS
Look at item records to find Subject Terms. These group material by together by topic which can yield more precise results.
Library databases are superior for finding scholarly articles, but information important for research can also be found on the open Web. Check with your professors about their expectations.
Search precisely - Add words and phrases that help to narrow your search.
Use Advanced Search - In Google, click on Settings in your search results page. The Site or Domain field can be useful in limiting your results to government information (.gov) or items created at educational institutions (.edu).
Explore Tools - In Google, you can change All Results to Verbatim results. This can help focus your results. Limiting by date can get you items with greater currency.
Evaluate Extremely Carefully! - Investigate every source by doing separate searches of source creators, authors and publications. Every source you interact with is a conversation. With whom are you talking? What are their values and motivations? Are they trustworthy? Are they getting their information from reliable sources and interpreting evidence fairly and intelligently? Who is the intended audience?
Know the Limitations of Web Searching - Most scholarly articles are either not found by search engines or are behind paywalls. Information is sorted and ranked according to commercial/consumer/popular considerations. Information is not vetted for accuracy or reliability.
OneSearch searches multiple library resources at once. Use only for very precise searches:
For best results, use limiters.