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Getting Started with research and keywords. From the Libraries of Montgomery County Community College. Updated 8-8-12 by librarians Mary Beth Parkinson and Jerry Yarnetsky. Contact us at ...

Getting Started with research and keywords. From the Libraries of Montgomery County Community College. Updated 8-8-12 by librarians Mary Beth Parkinson and Jerry Yarnetsky. Contact us at jyarnets-at-mc3.edu

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    MC3Lib-Research-1-GettingStartedKeywords MC3Lib-Research-1-GettingStartedKeywords Presentation Transcript

    • MC3 Libraries Research Learn how to locate sources for your research paper.
    • MC3 Libraries What is Research?
    • MC3 Libraries Research is a systematic approach to defining, refining, gathering and evaluating information.With a world of information, we need to be systematic to find anything…
    • MC3 Libraries Hi. I’m librarian Mary Beth Parkinson. I’ll guide you through researching a topic using a range of print and electronic sources. Need Help? Ask Us! Brendlinger Library (215) 641-6594 West Campus Library (610) 718-1864 IM a librarian refdesk@mc3.edu
    • MC3 LibrariesChoose a topic Write down a topic you want to learn more about. For example… Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Your topic will gain focus as you do research. Photo by Sgt. Russell Gilchrest http://www.army.mil/yearinphotos/2010/february.html
    • MC3 Libraries Start with the basics! Familiarize yourself with your topic by findingbackground information in a subject encyclopedia.Your textbook is also a good sourcefor background information!
    • MC3 Libraries Subject encyclopediasYou will find …• An overview of your topic;• Ideas to focus your topic;• Keywords to search for books and articles;• Bibliographies to point out useful books, webpages, and articles.Talk with a librarian to find thebest print or online encyclopedia!
    • MC3 Libraries Using a subject encyclopediaTo find articles in a printencyclopedia, check theindex located in the lastvolume.Here is an example from theEncyclopedia of Psychology.Arrows point to articles thatmay be of use.The numbers representvolume: page number. Theprimary article is in bold.
    • MC3 Libraries Also on our website…We have a number ofonline encyclopedias andbriefs on current issues.On our library website, goto Research and choose“Current Issues”Look for…• Credo Reference• CQ Researcher• Opposing Viewpoints
    • MC3 Libraries As you read your encyclopedia article, highlight keywords.Highlighters: photosteve101/Flikr
    • MC3 Libraries Keywords are words that define or describe your topicSkeleton Key: Courtney Mault/Flikr
    • MC3 Libraries Forexample
    • MC3 Libraries Brainstorm your own keywords. Try synonyms of words you found in your reading. Also consider people, places and terminology related to your topic
    • MC3 Libraries Focus your topic.After you collect keywords, try focusing your topic by writing your ideas as questions. For example…How has care for veterans suffering from PTSD improved in the past century?
    • MC3 Libraries Keywords unlock information You will search by keyword to find books & articles tagged with matching keywords.Keyhole photo: Just Chaos/Flikr
    • MC3 LibrariesLet’s compare our libraries to Facebook… On Facebook, photos are tagged with names. Search a name and find photos of that person. Jerry Mary Beth Sarah
    • MC3 LibrariesIn our libraries books & articles are tagged with titles, authors, subjects and descriptions.
    • MC3 Libraries Now let’s putyour keywords to workGo to the next tutorial and let’s find books,articles, and websites
    • MC3 Libraries Need Help? Visit, Call, IM or Email Brendlinger Library (215) 641-6594 West Campus Library (610) 718-1864 IM a librarian refdesk@mc3.edu