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Locating resources2

  1. 1. Research<br />How do I locate good resources?<br />
  2. 2. Identify the Most Relevant Resources<br />Encyclopedia Articles<br />Provide an overview of your topic<br />Specialized Reference Works<br />Encyclopedias with information on a specific subject matter (i.e. poetry)<br />Documentaries<br />Include interviews, speeches, and footage<br />Magazines and Newspapers<br />Gives insight into a topic’s perceived importance<br />Interviews and Oral Histories<br />First hand testimony about history and culture<br />Original Research<br />Information you discover yourself<br />
  3. 3. Choose the Right Research Tools<br />Primary Sources <br />materials written or created by people who took part in events or observed them.<br />Secondary Sources <br />records created after events occurred by people who were not directly involved.<br />
  4. 4. Primary Source<br />Examples<br />Letters, diaries, speeches, photographs, autobiographies, e-mails, weblogs, first-person newspaper and magazine articles, public documents (birth certificates)<br />Advantages<br />Firsthand information<br />Can give insight into attitudes and beliefs of the times<br />May contain specific details<br />Disadvantages<br />Limited perspective<br />May need interpretation<br />May be biased<br />
  5. 5. Secondary Source<br />Examples<br />Biographies, textbooks, encyclopedias, third-person newspaper and magazine articles, most documentaries<br />Advantages<br />Sometimes include excerpts from primary sources<br />Often have a broad perspective and consider many viewpoints<br />Useful for getting an overview of a topic<br />Disadvantages<br />Only as reliable as the sources on which they are based<br />May be biased<br />
  6. 6. Types of Online Resources<br />Search Engines<br />Databases<br />
  7. 7. Search Engines<br />For the best results, click on the search engine’s “advanced search” or “search tips” link.<br />Follow these rules for effective internet searches:<br />Be specific<br />Use search limiters<br />Choose the most relevant pages<br />
  8. 8. Databases<br />A database is any organized collection of data.<br />Types of databases:<br />Internet Search Engines (google.com)<br />Library Catalogues <br />Newspaper Databases (New York Time index)<br />Article Databases (InfoTrac)<br />Genealogy Databases (ancestry.com)<br />
  9. 9. Advantages of Specialized Databases<br />Specificity<br />Targeted<br />No Advertisements<br />Access to the “Invisible Web”<br />Many web pages are available through subscription only<br />Abstracts<br />A short summary of an article’s content<br />
  10. 10. Which sources make the most sense for your research?<br />List, in order, the sources you believe will be most helpful in researching your debate topic.<br />

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