Research Strategies Writing 2 Traci Welch Moritz Public Services Librarian/Assistant Professor Heterick Memorial Library
What today is all about To get you started Aid in constructing research strategy for finding resources for annotated bibliography Find resources in library catalog and databases available Everything shown today is available at Research Guides for ENGL 111.
What do I do first?
Take a look at your topic and identify key search terms, Ask a question.
Talk to your professor or a librarian for advice about search terms.
Learn about Boolean logic; the use of AND, NOT, OR to narrow or expand your search
See Research Guide for ENGL 111
Start big doing background reading
Keep track of bibliographic citations to avoid trouble down the road.
Create an annotated bibliography
ANNOTATED bIBLIOGRAPHY Allows you to see what is out there Helps you narrow your topic and discard any irrelevant materials Aids in developing the thesis Makes you a better scholar
Managing Information - RefWorks Licensed state-wide, access free to Ohio students for the rest of your life! See: http://0-www.refworks.com.polar.onu.edu/ Write n’ Cite interfaces with MS Word Excellent Tutorials Help available at Heterick Research Guide for HONR 231 for instructions on how to get your free-for-a-life-time account
Bibliographic Citation Software REFWORKS
Internet Tools FIND INTERNET RESOURCES Subject portals:
Librarians' Index to the Internet
WWW Virtual Library
Comprehensive search engines:
Multi-engine searching: MetaCrawler Vivisimo WIKIPEDIA
What do I do next? Use library resources to continue your background research.
FIND A BOOK∞POLAR
FIND A BOOK∞POLAR
Looks in several locations (usually subject, article title, abstracts or contents)
Does not require an exact match
Generates comparatively large number of hits (not precise)
Good if you are not familiar with terminology
Look for the same or similar words which keep appearing
FIND A BOOK∞POLAR Click on the “Find Similar Items” link found on each item record
Looks in one place – subject
Usually requires an exact match between your term and a pre-set list of terms
Can be used after keyword search has identified specific subjects
Find a bOOK∞OhioLink Materials owned by all Ohio colleges, universities, several public libraries Ca. 10 million items Link from POLAR permits you to submit requests. Available from Heterick home page Most requests arrive in 2-3 working days No charge Limited to 100 items at a time MAY RENEW UP TO 4 TIMES
Internet Tools Google and Wikipedia aren’t intrinsically evil, just use them for the correct purpose in your research.
Internet Tools Google Scholar Note: If working off campus please see the “google scholar” tab at the Research Guide for ENGL 111 ONU buys Full-text database Google asks to link to content OhioLINK Permits Google to link to full-text Run Google Scholar Search ONU user sees licensed full-text articles
Critically analyzing web sources What? is the page/site about Who? created and maintains this site Where? Is the information coming from Why? Is the information presented on the web When? Was the page created or last updated How? Accurate or credible is the page From the University of Wisconsin Library, worksheet for evaluating web sites
What do I do next? Use databases to find articles based on your search strategy
Research Tools∞Databases Often tools for locating journal and newspaper articles Most are subject-specific – some multi-disciplinary Many give access to full text of articles Heterick has over 250
Research Tools∞Databases Over 20,000 journals indexed, most are full text Divided by subject area offered at ONU Begin with a general database, Academic Search Complete JSTOR
Find an Article Periodical means the same as Magazine Usually magazines are more “popular” Journals Scholarly or Professional Peer reviewed See Research Guide for HONR 231 for this and other Handouts
Research Tools∞Databases Academic Search Complete, Masterfile Premier JSTOR Opposing Viewpoints
General Database Academic Search Complete/ Masterfile Premier Scholarly journals, peer reviewed articles
General Database JSTOR Scholarly journals, peer reviewed articles
General Database Opposing viewpoints
Subject Specific Database
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Use when you need a book or article that is not available online, not owned by ONU or available via OhioLINK No charge/ limit on requests Most requests take 5-7 days to fill Use ILL form on library web pages.
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