ENGL 1221Writing Seminar McManusProfessor Traci Welch Moritz Public Services Librarian Heterick Memorial Library
What to expect• Day 1 • Day 2• Construct research • Review strategy • Narrow focus• Conduct background • Select appropriate research databases• Evaluate materials • Create annotated• Manage information bibliography found
The assignment• Persuasive argument -- Persuade the audience to choose your point of view. –Define main point –Identify reader –Identify strongest points for persuasion –Identify strongest opposing view
Possible Topics• Issues of social justice• Human rights• Equality in the US• Occupy Wall Street• US student loan controversy• Rising division in US wealth and poverty levels• Globalizing job opportunities in the US• Public protests in the Arab Spring to bring about change• Public protests in Syria and the conflict created• Detroit’s revitalization
Background Research• State your topic as a question• Identify main concepts or keywords• Test the topic -- Look for keywords and synonyms and related terms for the information sought – Subject headings in catalogs – Built-in thesauri in many databases – Reference sources – Textbooks, lecture notes, readings – Internet – Librarians, Instructors
•Highly structured information environment Way individual records are arranged Subject headings Catalog software optimized for above Deal with material in many formats•Implies heavy human involvement•Preparation relatively labor-intensiveEmphasis on precision•Implies a learning curve to use successfully
POLAR•Looks in several locations (usuallysubject, article title, abstracts orcontents)•Does not require an exact match•Generates comparatively large numberof hits (not precise)•Good if you are not familiar withterminology
• 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
Web Research Google and Wikipedia aren’t evil, just use them for the correct purpose at the correct point in your research strategy.
Web Research Why Evaluate Web Sources?• Anyone with a little time, some knowledge and small amount of money can publish on the Internet.• No person, persons or organization reviews the content of the Internet.• Pages are retrieved by search engines based on the pages content, not the relevancy or quality of the page.
Web Research Google Scholar ONU buys Full-text Google asks database to link to content OhioLINK Permits Google to Run Google link to full-text Scholar Search ONU user sees licensed full-text articlesNote: See “Google Scholar” tab at Research Guide to set off-campusaccess
Web Research• Currency • Timeliness of the information.• Relevance/Coverage • Depth and importance of the information.• Authority • Source of the information.• Accuracy • Reliability of the information • Possible bias present in the• Purpose/Objectivity information.
Web ResearchDatabases “Pay to Play” Internet (Search Engines)• Usually created by a single • Material from numerous sources, publisher individual. Government, etc.• Content pre-arranged for easy use • Search engines must work with material• Quality/ content control thru prepared without regard for specific editorial staff software• Content usually available only to • Quality of material varies subscribers • Generally do not access for-profit• Content source usually identified information and dated • Content often anonymous and undated
HELP Traci Welch Moritz, MLS Public Services Librarian Assistant Professor Heterick Memorial LibraryReferenceLibrarians on duty firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com:30p Mon-Fri6p-9p Mon-Thur 419-772-247310a-3:30p 419-772-2185Sundays