Modern Languages Research Methods Sept 2012
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  • These are the ones we’re going to look at more closely
  • Explain how encyclopedias work.
  • In fact, the distinction between “encyclopedia” and “dictionary” is fairly blurry. There are also other terms used.
  • History examples The Timetables of History (Ref D11/G78/1991) Chronology of World History (Ref D11/F75/1978)Once you’ve found the basics of what’s going on at a particular time, you can look up more information on those situations or events if you need more detail.Art:McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Art (Ref N33/M23)International Dictionary of Art and Artists (Ref N31/I5/1990)From Renaissance to Impressionism: Styles and Movements in Western Art, 1400-1900 (Ref N6370/F76/2000)Literature:The Oxford Companion to Spanish Literature (Ref PQ/6006/O95)European Authors 1000-1900: A Biographical Dictionary (Ref PN451/K8)A Handbook to Literature (Ref PN41/H6/1986)Note:If your person is active in another sphere of activity, can also try that. E.g. RELIGION. Also can look them up in a source on their historical period, e.g. Middle Ages.
  • Show how to get there. If you’re at home you’ll need to login (same login as for college computers). Search: CERVANTES. Try as Subject Author.
  • Evaluate your sources. You should do this whether it’s a printed encyclopedia article, an online encyclopedia article, a full length book, a magazine or journal article, and especially if it’s something you just found online by doing a Google search. Be critical, weigh it carefully.
  • This is especially necessary for websites. One of the nice things about using an encyclopedia is that basically some of this has been done for you.

Modern Languages Research Methods Sept 2012 Presentation Transcript

  • 1. ModernLanguages:an introductionto ChamplainLibrary Resources Cornelia Penner September 2012
  • 2. What we’ll cover today  Information sources for your assignment  How to evaluate sources  Research log
  • 3. Information Sources: Printedreference books CREDO Reference MagillOnLiterature Plus
  • 4. Why use encyclopedias and otherreference books? Brief articles/entries Authoritative information Concise explanation/overview of a topic
  • 5. Dictionaries More than just for languages! Alphabetical listing of words Provides meanings, definitions, or brief explanations Usually short entries (about one paragraph)
  • 6. Encyclopedias• not just generalencyclopedias – trysubject encyclopediasinstead!• usually lengthierinformation than adictionary
  • 7. Encyclopedia Dictionary Companion Guide Handbook
  • 8. Tips for searching: Encyclopedias and dictionaries usually have a way to indicate that a term used in an article is also the subject of its own article (bold, italics, capital letters, asterisk) SEE, SEE ALSO Is there an index?
  • 9. -Try a timeline/chronologyHistory -Then try an encyclopedia or dictionary for more detail -Look up an artist, artwork, school of art, or artisticArt movement in an art dictionary or encyclopedia -Look up a text, author, literary movement in a literaryLiterature encyclopedia or dictionary -Look up an author in a biographical dictionary
  • 10.  600+ encyclopedias, dictionaries and other reference books Published books which have been put online All subject areas Search them all at once!
  • 11. MagillOnLiterature Plus An EbscoHost product Literary topics only No journal/magazine articles Search lots of reference books at once?
  • 12. Evaluating Your Sources Is it relevant?  UnlockingResearch -- Relevance Is it of appropriate quality?  UnlockingResearch -- Quality
  • 13. Evaluating for QUALITY Apply the CRAP test:  Currency  Reliability  Authority  Purpose
  • 14. Keeping Track of Your Research  Use a Research Log
  • 15. Let’s search!