Library Research & Graduate Writing

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  • Authority: library databases provide access to authoritative, scholarly, credible sources that undergo a rigorous publication process. These works are published and recognized by experts in their respective fields. Anyone can publish information on the open web. The web is a good place for general information on a topic, but scholarly research requires scholarly sources, most of which are unavailable on the open web.

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  • 1. Academic Research & Writing
  • 2.
    • Start with a solid research topic.
      • Consider:
        • What do you know on the subject?
        • Who will your audience be?
        • What do they already know about it?
        • What do you want to inform your audience about?
      • Before you start searching for information, brainstorm and choose a research topic.
  • 3.
    • Once you choose a topic, decide what your “angle” or goal will be.
      • Will you be proving a point?
      • Making a case?
      • Analyzing information?
      • It is important determine the goal of your paper, so that you can find the best genre to meet your writing needs.
  • 4.
    • The most common genres for academic, research-based writing are:
      • Analytical
        • Offers a critical interpretation on a subject, shows the writer’s “analysis” of the subject-matter. Does not take a stance. Explores existing information and tries to present a new understanding.
      • Argumentative
        • Takes a stance on a topic and tries to persuade readers to agree with the writer’s position.
        • Both genres require that the writer support their points with authoritative information from credible, scholarly sources.
  • 5.
    • Once you choose a subject and an angle, it is time to start searching for information to support your ideas.
    • By searching for and reading articles related to your subject, you will:
      • Understand the different views proposed by other writers and experts
      • Find information and data to support your arguments
      • Become an informed writer
  • 6.
    • Library Databases and news banks:
      • http://www.stu.edu/eResearch
      • The library’s E-Research page provides direct access to a variety of general and subject-specific databases, including full-text databases.
  • 7.
    • Library Databases vs. Online Search Engines
      • Authority
      • Scholarly
      • Credibility
  • 8.
    • A good place to start your research.
      • ABI/INFORM
      • Academic Search Premier
      • ProQuest Central
      • General Reference Center
      • InfoTrac/InfoTrac OneFile
      • Not sure how to start your research…
      • Ask your STU librarians!
  • 9.
    • General Business File ASAP (Gale)
    •   Health Business Elite (EBSCO)
    • LexisNexis Academic
    • Mergent Online
    •   Statistical Datasets
    • ProQuest Central
    • Your source for reference assistance:
      • Larry Treadwell: [email_address]
  • 10.
    • SportDiscus
    •   ABI/INFORM
    •   Academic Search Premier
  • 11.
    • PsycInfo
    • Health Reference Center Academic
    • ProQuest Central
    • Academic Search Premier
    • InfoTrac
    • ABI/INFORM
  • 12.
    • You’ve chosen a topic, brainstormed ideas, decided on an angle, and read several relevant articles... It’s time to start writing!
    • Some things to remember:
      • It’s a good idea to start with an outline. It will keep your writing focused, and aid in developing a strong, thesis-driven essay.
      • Follow the conventions set by your department’s designated style manual. – APA, MLA, Turabian, Chicago