Researching well is a part of a tool kit of skills that modern professional people need to survive. One site that helps break down the process in a helpful way is Finding Dulcinea. While the home page is rather busy and overwhelming, it doesn't take very long to discover that the information here is good. The orange Web Guides tab is especially spectacular. Finding Dulcinea also contains tons of buried treasure, like the detailed article on Wikipedia highlighted below.
To create a Google Scholar Library, sign into your Google account before searching on Scholar.Google.com, then just click "add to my library" when you find an article you want to save for future reference.
Your saved items appear in your Google Scholar Library where you can apply labels to them and sort them. Google will also generate citations and do related searches very easily.
While high school students can get by with sloppy search logic and terms on Google most of the time, better searches obviously produce better results in Google Scholar. Serious students will find that this is worth playing around with, though, because it's sophisticated and very satisfying for people who go deep when they research.
Joyce Valenza created this tutorial on how to effectively search Google News for historical articles. The tutorial is great, but she used Tildee to create it. Tildee looks pretty good, but it slaps obnoxious ads on the end of the tutorial, and I am not a fan, though I do understand the need for revenue.
Did you know that while you are searching, you are inside of an invisible bubble? The results you get when you search are coming to you through filters. These filters determine, based on your past searching history, what results you would most likely want – often leaving out opposing viewpoints. Basically, what comes back to you in your search results depends on your past searches, likes and location. The scary part is that what gets filtered out of your search results is not decided by you but by the algorithms of the companies that are providing you with the results.
Two different people can get two very different search result pages. Author Eli Pariser explains this concept in his short TED Talk above.
To avoid filter bubbles, search in the Chrome browser's incognito mode by going to File –>New Incognito Window. This way you don’t reveal who you are to search engines and they can’t filter your results.(Information from Edudemic)