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unit in GNED 104 course at Morrisville State College.

unit in GNED 104 course at Morrisville State College.



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  • GNED104 -- Library Research Methods
    • Introduction to Doing Research and Creating a Search Strategy
  • Research and Search Strategy
    • 1. Select a Topic
    • 2. Write Thesis Statement
    • 3. Lookup topic in encyclopedia
    • 4. Create list of key words
    • 5. Find Magazines , Newspapers
    • 6. Find Books
    • 7. Find Web pages
  • Research and Search Strategy
    • 8. Document Your Sources (Bibliography).
    • 9. Evaluation of your resources.
    • 10. Refine the Topic if necessary.
    • 11. Repeat Steps 2-10 as needed.
  • 1. Select a Topic
    • Should be something that interests you.
    • Librarians will not pick a topic for you.
    • Ask your instructor for help.
    • Example: Acid Rain.
  • 2. Write a thesis statement.
    • Thesis: a statement or proposition put forward and supported by proof or argument.
    • Complete sentence describing your research topic.
    • Example: Acid rain is damaging lakes in the Adirondacks.
  • 3. Look up Topic in an Encyclopedia.
    • Funk & Wagnall’s Online
    • Example: Look under acid rain.
    • Print out or photocopy the articles.
  • 4. Create List of Key Words.
    • Key words are words related to your topic.
    • You will find many of them in the encyclopedia articles.
    • Example: acid rain.
  • 5. Find Magazines and Newspapers.
    • Search online and paper based indexes and databases.
    • Use full text online to make it easier for yourself.
    • Expanded Academic Index
    • Use key words from your list.
  • 6. Find Books.
    • Search library online catalog.
    • Use key words or phrases.
    • Morris the Online CATalog
    • Example: Keyword Search for acid rain works best.
  • 7. Find Web Pages.
    • Search Internet Search Engines
    • Look for Links to other pages or sites.
    • Example: http://
  • 8a. Document Your Sources (Bibliography).
    • Use MLA format (blue handout).
    • Example: for Webpage
    • Unites States Environmental Protection Agency. “Effects of Acid Rain: Lakes & Streams”. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency . 2003. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 29 Sept. 2004. <>.
  • 8b. Document Your Sources (Bibliography).
    • Use MLA format (blue handout).
    • Example: for Book
    • Regens, James L. and Robert W. Rycroft The acid rain controversy. Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, 1988.
  • 8c. Document Your Sources (Bibliography).
    • Use MLA format (blue handout).
    • Example: for Magazine or Newspaper
    • Melewski, Bernard C. “ A cid rain and the Adirondacks: a legislative history.” Albany Law Review. 66 (2002):171-206
  • 9.Evaluation of Your Sources.
    • Authority/Credibility
    • Content
  • 9a. Evaluation of Your Sources.
    • Authority/Credibility
    • 1. Is author's name included?
    • 2. What is the expertise of the author? 3. What is the author's opinion is? Is it backed up with facts (statistics, historical data, etc.)?
    • 4. Who publishes the item? Is there hidden &quot;agenda,&quot; or a cause, or is it just a business?
    • 5. is it reliable source? Why?
  • 9b. Evaluation of Your Sources.
    • Content
    • 1. When was item written?
    • 2. Is the content meaningful and useful? Why ?
    • 3. Is there evidence of any bias, either by the author or the publisher?
    • 4. Is it objective or subjective (facts, or opinion/creative)?
    • 5. is the information accurate? Why?
    • 6. Is it primary source material?
  • 10. Refine the Topic If Necessary.
    • Not enough information? Broaden the topic.
    • Too much information? Narrow the topic.
  • 11. Repeat Steps 2-10 as needed.
    • You will need to go through the steps more than once usually.
    • Keep all of your materials together in a folder or notebook.
    • Take lots of notes.
    • Keep the bibliography up to date!!