Research Steps: Literature

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This presentation will show the basic research steps and database search techniques for finding literary research. As a librarian for more help!

This presentation will show the basic research steps and database search techniques for finding literary research. As a librarian for more help!

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  • 1. Research Steps:
    • 1) Choose and develop your topic
    • 2) Find background and overviews
    • ( Finding Books : reference & circulating books)
    • 3) Find current information
    • ( Finding Articles ; Research Guides links)
    • 4) Put it all together!
    • (cite your sources in MLA format)
  • 2. Article databases:
    • searchable list of full-text journal articles
    • articles written by experts
    • are paid-subscription Web sites (no ads)
    • 75 databases on ACC Library Web page
    • use more sophisticated search techniques…
  • 3. 1) Use the right-sized words:
    • To find: Search: Use:
    Books online catalog (60,000 books )
    • big ideas:
    • Literary criticism
    • Frost, Robert
    Articles article databases (millions of articles) specific ideas - Frost, Robert and poetry and criticism
  • 4. 2) Keywords & subject headings:
    • 1) Use keywords you think may work (i.e., guess!)
      • ( Robert Frost)
    • 2) Find best citations in your results
    • 3) Click on the subject headings
    • ( Frost, Robert )
    • 4) Your new results are on-target!
  • 5. 3) Boolean logic:
    • Named after English mathematician George Boole (1815-1864).
    • The most common Boolean search uses “ and ”
    • Overlap two or more ideas
    • Frost, Robert and criticism
  • 6. 4) Truncation (wildcards):
    • Wildcard symbol finds all word endings.
    • Asterisk ( * ) is most common wildcard
    • For books and articles (not search engines: Google)
    critic* retrieves… criticism critics poem* retrieves… poem poems Frost, Robert and natur*