Research: A multi-step process<br />Develop a topic and research question<br />Brainstorm a list of useful search terms<br...
Before you begin…<br />Brainstorm ideas:<br />What are you interested in?<br />What do you want to know more about?<br />W...
Research Questions<br />Turn general topic statement into a question<br />Answer question by doing research!<br />Question...
Research Questions<br />Very Broad: Pollution<br />Less Broad: River pollution<br />Useful topic: River pollution and fish...
Identifying Keywords<br />Research question: <br />Is drug and alcohol abuse more likely to cause unemployment?<br />Possi...
Next Step: Find Information!<br />Popular: Magazines, newspapers, most of the internet (Google can find), some books<br />...
The Public Web<br />Google and other search engines<br />Evaluate all websites<br />Use sites you trust<br />Reliable scho...
Scholarly Information<br />Journals: different from magazines and newspapers<br />Academic books<br />Statistics<br />Refe...
What Babson Library can do for you<br />Online access to the best scholarly and popular sources of information<br />Resear...
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Research Process

  1. 1. Research: A multi-step process<br />Develop a topic and research question<br />Brainstorm a list of useful search terms<br />Find information using online resources<br />Evaluate what you find<br />Use what you find<br />
  2. 2. Before you begin…<br />Brainstorm ideas:<br />What are you interested in?<br />What do you want to know more about?<br />What aspects/subtopics of that topic exist?<br />
  3. 3. Research Questions<br />Turn general topic statement into a question<br />Answer question by doing research!<br />Questions should be specific, not too broad!<br />Gives research and paper a focus<br />
  4. 4. Research Questions<br />Very Broad: Pollution<br />Less Broad: River pollution<br />Useful topic: River pollution and fish<br />Research question: What effect does river pollution have on fish populations?<br />
  5. 5. Identifying Keywords<br />Research question: <br />Is drug and alcohol abuse more likely to cause unemployment?<br />Possible search terms:<br />Drug abuse alcohol abuse unemployment<br />Job loss alcoholism employment <br />Substance abuse addiction <br />
  6. 6. Next Step: Find Information!<br />Popular: Magazines, newspapers, most of the internet (Google can find), some books<br />Scholarly: Academic books, scholarly journals, some of the internet (Google can’t usually find)<br />You will usually be expected to find scholarly sources<br />
  7. 7. The Public Web<br />Google and other search engines<br />Evaluate all websites<br />Use sites you trust<br />Reliable scholarly information can be hard to find!<br />
  8. 8. Scholarly Information<br />Journals: different from magazines and newspapers<br />Academic books<br />Statistics<br />Reference materials<br />
  9. 9. What Babson Library can do for you<br />Online access to the best scholarly and popular sources of information<br />Research assistance from knowledgeable library staff<br />Interlibrary Loan (finding and sending books and articles to you)<br />Online tutorials, research guides, and more!<br />
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