Research Sources SEARCH TOOL: LIBRARY CATALOGENCYCLOPEDIASProvide short entries/articles for anoverview of the topic and its mainideas . SEARCH TOOL: PERIODICAL BOOKS DATABASE Give more information for an in-depth exploration of one or more aspects of the topic. (Example: Case study books, textbooks) JOURNAL ARTICLES Lengthy scholarly research studies on an extremely focused aspect of a subject.
Research Sources SEARCH TOOL: PERIODICALNEWSPAPER ARTICLES DATABASEVery brief news reports that focus oncurrent events or topics currently in thenews.MAGAZINE ARTICLESAs short as encyclopedia articles, butinstead of an overview, magazines narrowthe focus to one or two specific aspects ofa topic.
Two Search Tools to Find Good Sources PROQUEST (Magazine, newspaper journal Articles) LIBRARY CATALOG (Books)
Start research from the library webpageFIND BOOKSFIND JOURNAL,MAGAZINE, AND NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
From off-campus, use AccessRIO
First, Create A Good Search Strategy Narrow your topic to one manageable issue The words are key: create a good keyword search strategy
Narrow Your TopicMost topicsare too Illegal Immigrationambitious. ObesitySelect ONE Energy Crisiscompelling Cybercrimeaspect ofyour topic, Consumer Debtand focus on Homelessnessthat aspectonly. Racism
How to narrow your topic1. Read an article in a subject encyclopedia. e.g., Encyclopedia of Race and Racism2. Ask a question about your issue. Your answer will form your thesis statement, and the evidence will form your paper or speech: Topic: Race in the entertainment industry Narrowed Research Question: How does the entertainment industry contribute to racial and ethnic stereotypes in society?
Come up with keywords1. What is my issue? Example: Race in the entertainment industry2. What do I want to know? How does the entertainment industry contribute to racial and ethnic stereotypes in society?3. What are the main words in the question? entertainment industry racial ethnic stereotypes
Construct a keyword search4. What are other forms of my keywords? SIMILAR & RELATED TERMS Find ALL related resources(racial OR ethnic) PHRASE SEARCHING“entertainment Use “quotation marks” aroundindustry” common phrasesstereotyp* TRUNCATION Searches for all words with the same stem (stereotype, stereotyping)
A Good Keyword Search Saves Time5. Put your keywords together and use them to search both periodical databases and internet search engines:
Scholarly Journal ArticlesWhat is a scholarly journal?How can you tell if you have found a scholarly journal article?