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  • 1. Research Sources &TechniquesBy Gina Singh
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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
  • 5. Magazines vs. Scholarly Journals Magazines Scholarly Journals  Audience: Experts in the field, Audience: Large group of students people  Lengthy, technical language Brief, non-technical language  Author are experts in the field & Author is journalist or credentials are always listed freelance writer  Peer-reviewed Look: Graphics, images,  Look: Graphs, charts, statistical advertising data, plain cover No references  References at the end Examples: Cosmopolitan,  Examples: Child Development, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated Social Science Quarterly, Journal etc. of Applied Psychology etc.
  • 6. Start Research from the library homepageFIND BOOKSFIND JOURNAL,MAGAZINE, AND NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
  • 7. Databases To Explore• Gale Virtual Reference Library (For Background Research)• Gale Opposing Viewpoints• SIRS• CQ Researcher• Proquest• EBSCO : Click on EBSCO Web Portal• Issues and Controversies
  • 8. Access Rio for Off Campus Database Use Click on Library Tab
  • 9. Gale Virtual Reference Library Database for Background Research
  • 10. For & Against ViewpointsIssues & ControversiesDatabase Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context
  • 11. CQ Researcher: For Current Issues
  • 12. Checklist for Evaluating WebsitesAuthor: Credentials & professional affiliations, contact address, about linkCheck the URL (Uniform Resource Locator or website address) because it may be the name & type oforganization sponsoring the webpage. E.g. .edu, .com, .gov, .net etc.Reason for webpage: Its purposeDetermine the origin of the documentTimeframe: Current or past view. What time period does your topic require?Objectivity : Point of View or BiasBibliography: Citations and references to other sourcesCoverage: Relevance to the assignment. Is the source too narrow? Too broad? Can you understand it?Format, Organization, Appearance: Is it Easy to read?Source: http://libguides.uwb.edu/content.php?pid=103537&sid=778496Source: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/rusa/sections/history/resources/pubs/usingprimarysources/index.cfm#evaluating
  • 13. Where To SearchFor Books: Library Catalog http://library.riohondo.edu/ For Scholarly Articles: Databases: Proquest, EBSCO, Gale Reference Library. •Off Campus Users: Access Rio For Controversial Topics: Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context, CQ Researcher, Issues and Controversies, SIRS Check out Controversial Topics Books Link on the Library Homepage http://library.riohondo.edu/ For Current Issues: CQ Researcher, EBSCO, Proquest, Gale Opposing Viewpoints, Issues and Controversies For Biographies: Gale Biography in ContextFor Historical Books : Google Books at http://books.google.com/
  • 14. Citation HelpIn the Library:•Books: MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers•Handouts: Available at the reference desk & given duringorientationOnline:•Son of Citation Machine http://citationmachine.net/•Easy Bib http://www.easybib.com/IMP: Always double check your citations with thehandbook or the handouts given to you in thelibrary. DONOT rely on online citation generatorsfor correct and accurate citations.