Research tips for POLI 522

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  • Today we learned how to:Start your researchKnow what kind of information you need/Find information you needUnderstand what you’re looking atNarrow or broaden your searchGet more help
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  • Research tips for POLI 522

    1. 1. Research tips & tricks:contentious politicsPOLI 522January 27, 2012
    2. 2. Liaison librarian = Bibliotherapist
    3. 3. Tour de table What is the most challenging aspect of research?
    4. 4. Today’s topicsShaping your topicTo cite or not to citeInformation timelinesKey resourcesSearch tips & tricksYOUR QUESTIONS!
    5. 5. Mapping tools• CmapTools• Popplet• VUE• Mindomo• ….
    6. 6. Advice for selecting a topic• WHY: are you taking this class? doing this degree?• Is the topic compelling? (SO WHAT?)• Start big, narrow down: map it out• Logical consistency = good• Let the thinkers talk to each other• Read: what questions have others left unanswered?• Join the conversation
    7. 7. Tools for joining the conversation
    8. 8. Tools for joining the conversation
    9. 9. http://www.oxfordbibliographiesonline.com
    10. 10. To cite or not to cite?
    11. 11. Points to evaluate• Currency• Reliability• Authorship• Purpose
    12. 12. Making sense of information
    13. 13. Information flow Academic analysis
    14. 14. The literature continuum
    15. 15. Citation searching• Web of Science• Scopus• Google Scholar• (and other databases, too)
    16. 16. Making sense of information
    17. 17. The library offers many choices… I recommend starting with the Subject Guide
    18. 18. Choosing your tools
    19. 19. Where do you usuallyfind journal articles?Why???
    20. 20. Recommended databases• International Bibliography of the Social Sciences• International Political Science Abstracts• Worldwide Political Science Abstracts• Alternative Press Index• Historical Abstracts
    21. 21. Research =hard work
    22. 22. Dogpile
    23. 23. Web tips and tricks
    24. 24. Links for you http://delicious.com/mcgillpoli
    25. 25. Take away• Bibliographies are your friends• Not all information is equal. Evaluate!• The information type determines the tool• Research takes digging. Think creatively!
    26. 26. What are yourquestions?
    27. 27. Why stop here?
    28. 28. Merci!megan.fitzgibbons@mcgill.ca(514) 398-2763
    29. 29. Credits• Information timeline. Created by Anna Stewart, Librarian, St. Edward’s University. Retrieved September 21, 2009 from: http://libr.stedwards.edu/about_library/depts/instruction/instr_class_docs. htm. Used with permission.• Data from P. Gil, "What is the invisible web?" Dec. 2010. Schematic by N. Tann, Goshen College, March 2011.• Wikipedia image copyright Wikimedia foundation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia-logo-en-big.png• Chocolate tools by By JanneM http://www.flickr.com/photos/jannem/3312116875/ License: Attribution- ShareAlike 2.0 Generic• Life ring by mag3737 http://www.flickr.com/photos/50318388@N00/2071089166 / License: Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic• Pargeter by b_d_solis http://www.flickr.com/photos/briansolis/1411905457/. License: Attribution 2.0 Generic• Riced out by dslrninja. http://www.flickr.com/photos/65694461@N00/350982990/ License: Attribution 2.0 Generic

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