RESEARCHING YOUR PASSIONA USC LIBRARIES GUIDEFOR MCNAIR SCHOLARSSUMMER 2011LEA & TOMPSON
THE RESEARCH PROCESSLiteracy = Foundation for Thinking/Research          Some literacy/research tools for youOur aim in th...
LIBRARIES HOMEPAGE HIGHLIGHTSSearchesmultipledatabasesincludingHOMER(catalog ofcampus                                     ...
LIBRARIES E-RESOURCES                        E(lectronic)                        Resources                        include:...
WEB OF KNOWLEDGEWeb of Science is the core of this product but NOT just for science! It (and the weekly CurrentContents) c...
MORE RESOURCES(WHEN YOUR RESEARCH TOPIC NOT SO EASY)It’s All About the NumbersA well-structured searchfor an undergraduate...
PLEASE ASK US FOR ASSISTANCE!                                                           Research Guides on                ...
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  1. 1. RESEARCHING YOUR PASSIONA USC LIBRARIES GUIDEFOR MCNAIR SCHOLARSSUMMER 2011LEA & TOMPSON
  2. 2. THE RESEARCH PROCESSLiteracy = Foundation for Thinking/Research Some literacy/research tools for youOur aim in the USC Libraries is to help you (more details next pages):become “information literate” which will aid youin critical thinking and research throughoutyour life! An info literate person is able to:• “Determine the extent of information needed• Access the needed information effectively and efficiently North Carolina State• Evaluate information and its sources University Libraries scholarly critically vs. popular journals tutorial:• Incorporate selected information into one’s http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/tutori knowledge base als/pr/• Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose Also on• Understand the economic, legal, and social YouTube issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally” Do not [from the Assoc. of College & Research Libraries,Information Literacy Competency Standards for plagiarize; DOHigher Education] cite it right For McNair
  3. 3. LIBRARIES HOMEPAGE HIGHLIGHTSSearchesmultipledatabasesincludingHOMER(catalog ofcampus Researchholdings); Guides listedgreat place here – tryto start if accessing ityou don’t with a QR code reader!know which (We havesubject suggestions.)database to Note theuse (see subjectfollowing librarianspages) page links to the Guides too. = resources you will want to check out For McNair
  4. 4. LIBRARIES E-RESOURCES E(lectronic) Resources include: 1) online journals, 2) e- books, and 3) subject and multidisciplinary databases that link to journal and newspaper articles. For this class, we will use the article citation, linking and tracing Web of Knowledge database. For McNair
  5. 5. WEB OF KNOWLEDGEWeb of Science is the core of this product but NOT just for science! It (and the weekly CurrentContents) cover: “the world’s leading scholarly literature in the sciences, social sciences, arts,and humanities and examine proceedings of international conferences, symposia, seminars,colloquia, workshops, and conventions.” It is also USC’s most robust citation-tracing resource. For McNair
  6. 6. MORE RESOURCES(WHEN YOUR RESEARCH TOPIC NOT SO EASY)It’s All About the NumbersA well-structured searchfor an undergraduatepaper should find you 20-80 results.<(Less then) 20 results,and you’re either missingsome stuff or your topic is Follow the Citations An article that makes an impact on the field, like thistoo narrow. one by USC President Nikias (“Signal processing with>(Greater than) 80 higher-order spectra” IEEE Signal Processing Magazineresults, and you just don’t 1993, vol.10 pp. 10-37), typically has an excellenthave time to weed bibliography (citation image to the left) and is, overthrough all of those. time, cited by many others (image to the right).Numbers = one practical Following citation trails of known authors in a field canreason to use the help you find or refine a research topic.Libraries’ article ASK a Librarian! http://www.usc.edu/libraries/databases – preselected services/ask_a_librarian/sources, unlike Google. For McNair
  7. 7. PLEASE ASK US FOR ASSISTANCE! Research Guides on all sorts of subjects by all librarians are listed here – try accessing it with a QR code reader! (We have suggestions) Ben Lea, Science & Engineering Librarian, SSL 102http://www.usc.edu/libraries/services/ blea@usc.eduask_a_librarian/ Sara Tompson, Head of Instruction & Orientation, LVY 113C, sarat@usc.edu For McNair

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