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Creating a Search Strategy Create a thesis statement Break down your thesis statement by concept Create research questions Techie Tools Boolean operators Truncation Select databases & other resources America: History and Life Academic Search Complete Historical New York Times Historical Los Angeles Times
Creating a Search Strategy Break down your thesis statement by conceptThe Arizona legislation which banned ethnic studies instruction in the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD).A) Arizona + ethnic studiesB) Ethnic studies + Tucson Unified School DistrictC) Arizona legislation + racism + schoolsD) A or B
I-Clickers What are Boolean Operators? A. Computer commands used to organize research databases B. Computer commands used to search multiple databases at once. C. Computer commands used to create a research strategy. D. Computer commands used in selected databases to find full-text articles.
Boolean Operators Susan Luévano, CSULB, University Library
Creating a Search Strategy Boolean Operators AND Refugee Act 1980 Vietnamese OR VietnameseVietnamese Cambodian or Cambodian
I-Clickers What is the truncation symbol that allows you to search root words with any ending?A. @B. ( )C. ?D. *
I-Clickers What is a primary source? A. A document which describes an event by a witnesses (diaries, speeches, letters, interviews, autobiographies, etc) B. A fundamental or original document relating to a particular subject (government publications, legislation, court reports, etc) C. A source from the time of an event (newspaper articles, news footage, songs, cartoons, etc) D. A & C E. All of the above
I-Clickers What is a secondary source? A. Information written by an authority who reports on an event, person, place or thing (ie, a biography, etc) B. An accounting of events or experiences (ie, a news story, etc) not personally observed or experienced by the writer. C. A scholars description or analysis of primary sources. (ie, a journal article, etc.) D. B & C E. All of the above
I-Clickers • What is a peer reviewed journal article?• A. A research article that has been vetted by a team of peer scholars.• B. An research article written by a team of peer scholars.• C. A research article that has been presented at a professional conference before publication.
Peer-Reviewed Journals Content & research model are reviewed by other scholars Based on research & written for a discipline scholars In-depth analysis Extensive bibliography
Finding Sources What library resource can you search to find a scan of both journals and books ?A. BeachReachB. Link+C. OneSearch@CSULB
Finding Peer-Reviewed Articles Http://www.csulb.edu/library 1) OneSearch: Test or preliminary search for journal articles, books & more 2) Structured Databases by topic/title
TruncationBooleanOperators Search Strategies LIMIT - Scholarly LIMIT – Pub years LIMIT - Language Susan Luévano, CSULB, University Library
Need full-text articles NOT available?:Use BeachReach
Library Pin Allows off-campus access to research databasesLibrary Home page My library account Type in your name, CSULB I.D. #, click submitType in a password of your choice and confirm by typing it again
Using databases off campus Susan Luévano, CSULB, University Library
Research Strategies Step 1: Develop search strategy using Keywords Boolean operators TruncationStep 2: Look for primary & 2ndary sources Research Database CoastStep 3: Search the database Try different keywords, try different searches Move to Database subject headings Select the best citations Use internal citation generators when sending information
Research strategies Step 4: Evaluate resourcesSetp 5: Apply and use information Synthesize information Write up the finding and conclusion Create your bibliography using correct citation style Use the ASAM/CHLS Research Guide!! Circular process – Repeat and Revise
Where to get more assistance? Research Subject Guide Individual appointment w/ discipline librarian Greg Armento – ASAM Susan Luévano – CHLS Evening Consultations: Wednesday, April 10th 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm University Library, Spidell classroom, room 116 Reference Desk, 1st floor, University Library