WHAT WE WILL COVER• Develop a search strategy• Find resources in library catalog and databases available• Everything shown today is available at Research Guides for Writing Seminar.
ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY •Good preparation for a longer paper or research project. •Helps you narrow your topic and discard any irrelevant materials •Aids in developing the thesis •Makes you a better scholar
WHAT DO I DO FIRST? Take a look at your topic and identify key search terms, Ask a question. Most databases now use an implied Boolean logic search scheme so a keyword search will get you started. Boolean logic is the use of AND, NOT, OR to narrow or expand your search. See Research Guide for Writing Seminar.
RESEARCH STRATEGY•Start big doingbackground reading•Narrow your topic fora more focusedproduct•Research narrowedtopic using subjectspecific databases•Keep track ofbibliographic citationsto avoid trouble downthe road.
INTERNET TOOLSUse Google to find sites that provide background for your research. Evaluate these sources carefully.
CRITICALLY ANALYZING WEB SOURCES• What? is the page/site about• Who? created and maintains this site• Where? Is the information coming from• Why? Is the information presented on the web• When? Was the page created or last updated• How? Accurate or credible is the pageFrom the University of Wisconsin Library, worksheet for evaluating web sites
INTERNET TOOLS: GOOGLE SCHOLARSearches the scholarly literature of many disciplinesand sources, including theses, books, abstracts andarticles.When on-campus, will link to the library’s resourcesand to the full-text of articles.
WHAT DO I DO NEXT?Use library resources to continue your backgroundresearch.
L IBRARY C ATALOG : P OLARStart your search using the basic keywordsearch.
LIBRARY CATALOG: POLARKeyword Search•Looks in several locations (usually subject,article title, abstracts or contents)•Does not require an exact match•Generates comparatively large number ofhits (not precise)•Good if you are not familiar with terminology•Look for the same or similar words whichkeep appearing
LIBRARY CATALOG: POLARSubject Search•Looks in one place – subject•Usually requires an exact matchbetween your term and a pre-set list ofterms•Precise (motion pictures -- review)•Can be used after keyword search hasidentified specific subjects
LIBRARY CATALOG: POLARUse subject headings to find morebooks on your topic.
FIND A BOOK: OHIOLINK• Materials owned by all Ohio colleges, universities, several public libraries• Ca. 10 million items• Link from POLAR permits you to submit requests. Available from Heterick home page• Most requests arrive in 2-3 working days• No charge• Limited to 100 items at a time• MAY RENEW UP TO 4 TIMES
What do I do next?Use databases to find articles based on your search strategy
POPULAR VS SCHOLARLY PERIODICALS Popular• Edited by magazine editors• Articles usually written by staff journalists• Short articles• Targeted to general audiences Scholarly • Peer-reviewed • Longer articles • Citations/Bibliography • Written by scholars, experts in the field of study • Targeted to scholars, students in a particular field of study
RESEARCH TOOLS: DATABASES• Often tools for locating journal and newspaper articles• Most are subject-specific – some multi-disciplinary• Many give access to full text of articles• Heterick has over 250
RESEARCH TOOLS: DATABASES•Over 20,000 journals indexed, most are full text•Some subject-specific, some general•Begin with a general database, • Academic Search Complete
SUBJECT and Mass MediaCommunication SPECIFIC DATABASE Complete
INTERLIBRARY LOAN (ILL)• Use when you need a book or article that is not available online, not owned by ONU or available via OhioLINK• No charge/ limit on requests• Most requests take 5-7 days to fill• Use ILL form on library web pages.
MANAGING INFORMATION REFWORKS• Licensed state-wide, access free to Ohio students for the rest of your life!• Excellent Tutorials• Help available at Heterick• See Research Guide for further information.