BROOKENS LIBRARY UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD getting started with your research
Getting started… Familiarize yourself with the requirements for the paper/assignment/project:
How many sources do you need?
What types of sources do you need (magazines, newspaper articles, books)?
How current do your sources need to be?
Do you need academic/scholarly/peer-reviewed sources?
The Information Cycle http://www.library.dmu.ac.uk/Support/Heat/index.php?page=473
Information Cycle in Action
Popular vs. Scholarly http://uncg.libguides.com/content.php?pid=132704&sid=1137926
Evaluating your Sources http://www.flatworldknowledge.com/pub/flat-world-knowledge-handbook-/352746#web-352746
Define your Keywords You can enter an entire question in the Google search box and often get some relevant results… but that is not true for the library resources When using the catalog and other databases: 1. Pull out the keywords from your thesis statement or question
Cancer>health (broader) AND [types of cancer] (narrower)
3. Identify who might be writing about this topic In which disciplines would scholars be researching this topic? Important to think about when trying to find subject-specific databases.
Keywords vs. Subject Headings
What are Boolean Operators? AND - Narrow search and retrieve records containing all of the words “cellular telephones” AND cancer OR - Broaden search and retrieve records containing any of the words it separates ((cellular OR mobile OR wireless) AND (phones OR devices)) AND cancer NOT - Narrow search and retrieve records that do not contain the term following it cancer AND (“cell phones” NOT iPhones)