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Writing Seminar Kanwit

  1. 1. WritingSeminar
  2. 2. Develop a search strategyFind resources in library catalog and databases available Everything shown today is available at Research Guides for ENGL 111.
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4.  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
  5. 5. REFWORKS
  6. 6.  Take a look at your topic and identify key search terms, Ask a question. Most databases now use an implied Boolean logic search scheme so a keyword search will get you started. Boolean logic is the use of AND, NOT, OR to narrow or expand your search See Research Guide for ENGL 111 Kanwit WHO
  7. 7. •Start big doingbackground reading•Narrow your topic for amore focused product•Research narrowedtopic using subjectspecific databases•Keep track of Ask a questionbibliographic citations toavoid trouble down theroad.
  8. 8. Google and Wikipedia aren’t intrinsically evil, just use them for the correct purpose in your research.
  9. 9. FIND INTERNET RESOURCESComprehensive Subject portals:search engines: •Librarians Index to the•Alta Vista Internet•Ask.com •Scholar.Google •WWW Virtual Library•Excite •Hotbot •Lycos •Wisenut Multi-engine searching: MetaCrawler Vivisimo
  10. 10. Note: If Google Scholarworkingoff ONU buys Full-textcampus database Google asksplease see to link to contentthe OhioLINK“Google Permitsscholar” Google to Run Googletab at the link to full-text Scholar SearchResearchGuide for ONU user seesENGL 111 licensed full-text articles
  11. 11.  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 pageFrom the University of Wisconsin Library, worksheet for evaluating web sites
  12. 12. Use library resources to continue your backgroundresearch.
  13. 13. FIND A BOOK∞POLAR
  14. 14. •Looks in several locations (usuallysubject, article title, abstracts orcontents)•Does not require an exact match•Generates comparatively largenumber of hits (not precise)•Good if you are not familiar withterminology•Look for the same or similar wordswhich keep appearing
  15. 15. 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 •Precise (motion pictures -- review) •Can be used after keyword search has identified specific subjects
  16. 16.  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
  17. 17.  Figure out your search strategy Have your search phrases ready Head to the journals to find articles Decide if you want to use a database or head directly to a pertinent journal.
  18. 18. What do I do next?Use databases to find articles based on your search strategy
  19. 19.  Periodical means the same as MagazineUsually magazines are more “popular” Journals Scholarly or Professional Peer reviewed See Research Guide for HONR 231 for this and other Handouts
  20. 20.  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
  21. 21. Over 20,000 journals indexed, most are full textDivided by subject area offered at ONUBegin with a general database,  Academic Search Complete
  22. 22. Research Tools∞DatabasesA. Academic Search CompleteB. Film and TV Literature IndexC. MLA International BibliographyD. NYT HistoricalE. Lexis-Nexis AcademicF. American Drama or English Prose Drama
  23. 23. Scholarly journals,peer reviewed articles
  24. 24.  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.
  25. 25.  Ask at the Reference Desk Phone the Reference Desk – 2185 Contact us by E-mail reference@onu.edu Use Chat Help feature or the IM IM feature

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