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    • Research Sources &TechniquesBy Gina Singh
    • Research SourcesENCYCLOPEDIAS SEARCH TOOL:Provide short entries/articles for an LIBRARY CATALOGoverview of the topic and its mainideas . SEARCH TOOL: PERIODICAL BOOKS DATABASE Give more information for an in-depth exploration of one or more aspects of the topic. (Example: Case study books, textbooks) JOURNAL ARTICLES Lengthy scholarly research studies on an extremely focused aspect of a subject.
    • Research SourcesNEWSPAPER ARTICLESVery brief news reports that focus on SEARCH TOOL:current events or topics currently in the PERIODICALnews. DATABASEMAGAZINE ARTICLESAs short as encyclopedia articles, butinstead of an overview, magazines narrowthe focus to one or two specific aspects ofa topic.
    • Types of Resources Scholarly Sources  It has abstract in the beginning  It may have a list of keyword  Article has a research problem  Mentions studies that have addressed the problem in the past  Has a purpose statement  Has research question and hypothesis  Uses qualitative, quantitative or mixed method approach to conduct research  Has a conclusion at the end  Has a bibliography or reference list at the end Popular Sources: Magazine articles like Style, Newsweek, Time etc. Newspaper sources: LA Times, Whittier Daily News etc. Primary Sources: Original writings created at the time when the event occurred. Secondary Sources: Sources that evaluate, summarize, analyze written by experts from that field after the event has occurred.Source: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/rusa/sections/history/resources/pubs/usin gprimarysources/index.cfm
    • Magazines vs. Scholarly Journals Magazines Scholarly Journals  Audience: Experts in the field, students Audience: Large group of people  Lengthy, technical language Brief, non-technical language  Author are experts in the field & credentials are always listed Author is journalist or freelance writer  Peer-reviewed Look:  Look: Graphs, charts, statistical Graphics, images, advertising data, plain cover No references  References at the end Examples:  Examples: Child Cosmopolitan, Newsweek, Sp Development, Social Science orts Illustrated etc. Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology etc.
    • Background Research Background research is needed to understand your topic and narrow it down. Research Source: Encyclopedias like World Book Encyclopedia (in the library) and eBooks like Encyclopedia Britannica and Gale Virtual Reference Library for reference books online. Go to Research Paper Topics on library homepage for topic selection Go to The Research Paper: Ten Steps to Researching it Right for additional help. Check out Library Catalog for books on topics for research papers. Is the information relevant? Identify search terms Is the information from a legitimate source?
    • How to narrow your topic: Two steps: Example:1. Read Article in Encyclopedia such as American Decades Your answer will form2. Ask a question about your issue. your thesis statement, and the evidence will form your paper or speech: Topic: I want to (Too Broad)
    • Narrow Your Topic Questions To Ask Yourself Who? What? Background Research Which? When? Where? Why?Source: OSU Tutorial fromliblearn.osu.edu/courses/english110/old%20stuff/narrow_topic.ppt
    • Example Initial Topic : Magic—Harry Potter-- Literary Trends Why? : Evaluate: Who? : Age; Causes & Reasons Race; Gender and Results & Outcomes. What? : Types: Where? : Place: Romance, Adventure,country, school, ho Murderme, work, literature, When? : Time Which? : Is period: Current, historical or period of justified? Or worse? life? Or Traumatizing?
    • Research QuestionMix and Match two elements together and form aresearch question and form a topic of your choice.Read the requirements of the assignment: Howmany pages? How many sources are required?What kind of sources are required?What are the search terms and related terms thatyou would use? For example: Cheating:Dishonesty, fraud, deception, infidelity, lying etc.
    • Battle of Gettysburg? JoinHistory Army? American Civil War Robert E Lee? No People!!
    • Start Research from the library homepageFIND BOOKSFIND JOURNAL,MAGAZINE, AND NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
    • Two Search Tools to Find Good Sources PROQUEST RESEARCH LIBRARY (Journal Articles)LIBRARY CATALOG (Books)
    • Library Catalog
    • Accessing Access Rio Step 1
    • Access Rio Click on Library Tab
    • Gale Virtual Reference Library Databasefor Background Info, Religion, Biography, History & Multicultural Studies
    • EBSCO: For ArticlesThrough Online Databases link on http://library.riohondo.edu/For Home Access: Login Access Rio, click on library tab and clickon EBSCO in the middle column.
    • Databases To Explore• Gale Virtual Reference Library• Proquest• EBSCO• CQ Researcher : For Current Issues
    • Where to Search For Books: Library Catalog http://library.riohondo.edu/ For Scholarly Articles: Databases: EBSCO, Proquest, Gale Reference Library. Off Campus Users: Access Rio For Controversial Topics: Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context, Issues and Controversies Check out Controversial Topics Books Link on the library homepage http://library.riohondo.edu/ For Current Issues: EBSCO, CQ Researcher, Proquest, Gale Opposing Viewpoints, Issues and Controversies For Biographies: Gale Biography in Context For Historical Books : Google Books at http://books.google.com/ For Historical Newspapers: Google News Archives Search at http://news.google.com/archivesearch For Statistics data & charts: Social Science Database For Population Stats: US Census Bureau database Legitimate sources: Google Books, Google Scholar For Periodical Holdings List: Access from our library homepage. Direct url at http://library.riohondo.edu/Research_Help/Periodical%20Holdings%20List%20-%202010-2011.pdf (Check out the listings by subject in the end).
    • Citation HelpIn the Library:•Books: MLA Handbook for Writers of ResearchPapers•Handouts: Available at the reference desk &given during orientationOnline:•Son of Citation Machine http://citationmachine.net/•Easy Bib http://www.easybib.com/IMP: Always double check your citationswith the handbook or the handoutsgiven to you in the library. DONOT relyon online citation generators forcorrect and accurate citations.