Determine what you need: Book – Article General Peer-reviewed, scientific Background information Define your topic!
Choose a topic you are interested in. Carefully define and develop your topic. A well defined topic is easier to search. Do you always get to choose your topic??? Making research fun!!
Topic Development 1. Choose a topic that interests you. 2. Evaluate your topic. 3. Get a working knowledge of your topic. (develop keyword list) 4. Identify controversies or questions. 5. Develop your research question. 6. Write your clarifying paragraph (objective)
Where do I find Background Reading? Encyclopedias - general or subject - be sure to use index volumes first to look up your subject. Review articles – database called ‘Annual Reviews’ General texts on the subject - located through the library’s catalog. (SUMMIT)
Primary Sources& Peer Review Primary Source - Original document containing firsthand information Diaries, interviews Original research including journal articles and preprints A peer reviewed primary source is a work that is evaluated by experts in the field of study prior to publication. Serves as a measure of quality.
Other Sources Secondary Source - Summarize or interpret information Review articles, books, compilations Example: Annual Review of Energy and the Environment (2003-present: called “Annual Review of Environment and Resources”)
Annual Review of Energy and the Environment Search Database List for ‘Annual Reviews’
JSTOR – use Advanced Search colosseum rome uses x
When searching databases… Remember: RATS Synonyms Subjects Suggested topics Types of materials Scholarly Journals, Magazines, etc. Read All The Screens!
SULinks Look for the SU links note with the citation. This will lead you to a number of possibilities: Links to the full text of the article Link to search SUMMIT Link for Illiad, for an interlibrary loan request Let’s look at an example…
Interlibrary Loan Agreement we have with many other libraries Allows us to have access to materials we don’t own Register for a free account via Moon Library Home Page – Use drop down menu for ‘Library Services’
44 Why Use RefWorks? Accessible – store your references in a single place and access no matter where you are Privacy – requires login to access your references Widely supported – can import directly from many scholarly databases Organization – sort your references into folders for better management and recall Integration – create bibliographies and lists of cited works directly in the papers you are writing Citation formats – apply the style required in your paper
76 Write-N-Cite Add references to a paper(Microsoft Word document) Format the reference list using a citation style that you choose If you have a previously installed version of Write-N-Cite, uninstall it and install the newest version. Write-N-Cite III may be used offline – no internet connection required
Getting Help Consult RefWorks Research Guide Contact Linda Galloway Thank you!!