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English 100 Library Research

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This powerpoint presentation takes you through the steps you'll need to know to successful complete your research for an ENGL 100 paper.

This powerpoint presentation takes you through the steps you'll need to know to successful complete your research for an ENGL 100 paper.

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  • 1. What is your experience in doing research?2. On a scale of 1 (not) to 5 (very), how confident are you at doing research? Why?3. Where do you go to do research?
  • Research is finding out what scholars are talking about, then discussing those findings.
  • Assignment planning is key. Know that research takes time – and plan ahead.How much time is reasonable for each step?Leave time to be able to ask questions – where can you go for help?
  • Assignment planning is key. Know that research takes time – and plan ahead.How much time is reasonable for each step?Leave time to be able to ask questions – where can you go for help?
  • Open class question: What do you need to look for – what is the most important information in the instructions?On click:Length, formatting, writing styleCitation styleAcceptable resourcesDue dateOn click: Can you explain the task to a friend [with image]
  • Pairwork: organize into 2 groupsWhat would you label the groupsDiscussion: government resources – are they academic?Some are research, some are notMight not count towards “academic resources”, ask your instructor
  • Yes – listed as academic in the db (when you click on the journal title)
  • No – look more like social history/advocacy; no references
  • Very likely– U press, references, title is serious. Look at language and credentials
  • Yes? College press, references, literarture review, etc. Should look at the language and the credentials of the author – when in doubt, ask the instructor
  • Yes – listed as academic in Db
  • No – newsariclePoint out language – written for a popular audience
  • Yes - Harder to tell in Google Scholar – click through and it looks better, but still you’d have to investigate journal
  • No, but the original research might be. Could use the stats but this would not count for an academic resource
  • Pairwork: make a list of criteria that help you determine if a source is popular or not.
  • Open class question.
  • Search credo: safe-injection NOTE: this is a bad search but gives a good example of Credo’s limitations.Search: drug addictionSearch wikipedia: drug addictionWikipedia warnings!
  • Pairwork – how can we define/focus this topic?
  • Example topic
  • Pairwork – brainstorm power keywords
  • Use ENGL 100 guide as assignment guide
  • No magic bullets!
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    • 1. Instead of searching, why not find? Library Research ENGLISH 100
    • 2. Instead of searching, why not find? ENGLISH 100 Does this describe you?
    • 3. Instead of searching, why not find? ENGLISH 100 Join the academic conversation. Scholarly dialogue is ongoing. Join by: • Reading what experts in the field have written • Thinking about the ideas & connections • Writing about these ideas & connections, • including quotes and paraphrasing with citations
    • 4. ENGLISH 100 Choose your topic. Presearch the topic for more info. Prepare a search strategy. Read and understand your assignment instructions. Start researching. Think about what you’ve read. Go deeper. Write the assignment, including citations as you go. Walk away. Wait. Come back and revise. Plan Your Assignment
    • 5. Plan Your Assignment HELP!Office Hours Ask a Librarian: In person Phone Chat FR 402
    • 6. Instead of searching, why not find? ENGLISH 100 a. Length, formatting, writing style b. Citation style c. Acceptable resources d. Due date Read and understand your assignment instructions. Can you explain the task to a friend in your own words?
    • 7. ENGLISH 100 Organize these resources into 2 groups:
    • 8. Spot the academic resource:
    • 9. Spot the academic resource:
    • 10. Spot the academic resource:
    • 11. Spot the academic resource:
    • 12. Spot the academic resource:
    • 13. Spot the academic resource:
    • 14. Spot the academic resource:
    • 15. KEYS TO DETERMINING AN ACADEMIC SOURCE • Where did you find it? A Library database or the open web? • What is the source – a peer-reviewed journal, an academic journal, a newspaper, a magazine, or a website? • Does it have references (citations)? • Who is the author? What are their credentials? • What is the writing style? Does the writing read like it was written for a scholarly, popular or business audience? • What is the purpose of the article – to make an argument/propose a new theory or to give general background information about the topic? Can you find a thesis statement?
    • 16. Choose your topic. Presearch for info about the topic. Fill in the blank: Students almost always choose a topic that is too ________. Hint:
    • 17. Choose and define your topic. How can I define my topic? • Presearch for more info, including subtopics and controversies • What aspects of the topic are you curious about? • Follow your research: use what you find
    • 18. Presearch for info about the topic. Vs. Did you know:
    • 19. Instead of searching, why not find? ENGLISH 100 Prepare a search strategy. • Small effort, big gain. • More effective & efficient searching. • Leave your brain free for the tough stuff. • Give yourself options when your keywords are bust. Searches are free… Try more than one.
    • 20. Instead of searching, why not find? ENGLISH 100 Prepare a search strategy. 1. Write down your topic: safe-injection sites How can we better define & focus this topic?
    • 21. Instead of searching, why not find? ENGLISH 100 Are safe-injection sites good for our city? Prepare a search strategy. 1. Write down your topic as a question or a statement: 2. Circle the main concepts in each question.
    • 22. Are safe-injection sites good for our city? 3. Brainstorm synonyms, related concepts, broader and narrower terms – write them down, add to the list. Safe-injection sites good Our city How can you show what good means in this question?
    • 23. Now you’re ready to: Start Researching! www.capilanou.ca/library
    • 24. Research Guide = Portal to Success •Follow an assignment plan •Suggested starting points •Resource tips •Subject Guides •Topic Guides Start Researching
    • 25. The first rule of research: BE _____________. If a search doesn’t get results, modify, adapt, try elsewhere. Ask for HELP! FLEXIBLE Searches are free… Try more than one.

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