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Digging for the Gem: Developing the Scholarly Research Topic

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  • 1. Digging for the Gem:
    Developing the Scholarly Research Topic
    Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters 3/26/10
  • 2. Introduction
    Background information
    Scholarly topic
    Steps taken so far
    What to do next
    Conclusion
    Questions
    Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters 3/26/10
  • 3. Database search
    Librarians as supervisors of support staff
    Librarians as supervisors of clerical staff
    Librarians as supervisors of staff
    Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters 3/26/10
  • 4. Research Process
    Google
    Steps to take to research a scholarly subject
    Steps for librarians to take to research scholarly subjects
    Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters 3/26/10
  • 5. Research Process
    Olin & Uris Libraries
    • Seven Steps of the Research Process
    Identify and develop your topic
    Find background information
    Use catalogs to find books and media
    Use indexes to find periodical articles
    Find internet resources
    Evaluate what you find
    Cite what you find using a standard format
    Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters 3/26/10
  • 6. Research Process
    • University of California, Berkley
    Step One: Formulate/define your research topic
    Step Two: Do some background reading on your topic
    Step Three: Select the appropriate information sources, databases and tools
    Step Four: Learn the search protocols of relevant databases
    Step Five: Use effective search techniques
    Step Six: Read critically, synthesize, seek meaning, revise
    Step Seven: Take good notes and cite sources
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  • 10. Research Process
    • What happens when you can’t get off of step one?
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  • 11. Challenges
    Topic is too narrow
    There is not much written on the topic
    Search terms are too unique for the databases
    Topic is too new for professional literature
    Topic is too broad
    Finding information that doesn’t seem to have a focus
    No matter what you type in, you just don’t seem to be able to pin point what you hope to find
    Thought the topic would be easier to search
    You write down your search
    You diagram your search strategy
    You try Google
    Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters 3/26/10
  • 12. What’s Next?
    Talk to colleagues
    Look outside of the discipline
    Compose a quick survey of EMU librarians
    Compose a larger survey of colleagues outside of Emu
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  • 13. What’s Next?
    Formed a Support Group
    Scholarly Support Group (SSG)
    Talk about ideas for scholarly projects
    Keeps us on task
    Helps us to make our ideas come to light
    Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters 3/26/10
  • 14. Conclusion:Things I learned
    I have a greater empathy toward the student researcher
    It is important be flexible with your topic
    Be open to revising your topic
    Importance of discussing a project with colleagues
    Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters 3/26/10
  • 15. Websites
    Olin &Uris Libraries (Cornell University)
    http://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/research/skill.htm
    Humboldt State University Library: At Your Fingertips
    http://library.humboldt.edu/ic/general_competency/kuhlthau.html
    UC Berkeley Library Online Tutorials
    http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/Help/tutorials.php
    Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters 3/26/10

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