Research Workshop: Speech Multicultural Project

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  • You’re trying to find the best evidence to support your thesis and your ideas.
    You want the best information and best experts on your topic
    This process involves commitment and critical thinking about your search strategy and your sources.
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  • What are my sources of information?
    Reference books
    Books and essays
    Periodical articles found in library databases
    Magazines
    Academic/research journals
    Newspapers
    Informed individuals
    Authoritative documents on the Web
  • Research Workshop: Speech Multicultural Project

    1. 1. Research Workshop: Spch 1311 Multicultural Project Amy Ferguson Richland College Library August 26, 2009
    2. 2. Think about your last research assignment. What was the biggest or hardest challenge?  I couldn’t find enough information.  I couldn’t tell good information and not-so-good information apart.  I didn’t find scholarly or academic information.  I didn’t know how to get started.  I found too much information.  Other
    3. 3. Receive the Information Literacy Certificate Attend all 3 workshops in the Library Instruction Program Research 1: Introduction to College Research Research 2: Electronic Research - Sources and Strategies Research 3: MLA - Avoiding Plagiarism and Documenting Sources.
    4. 4. “Research is a process, not an event.” Requires commitment Supports your thesis Best information and evidence
    5. 5. Information Fluency
    6. 6. 1: What information am I looking for? Image Source: “International Flags” by Manny Proebster from www.sxc.hu
    7. 7. 1: What information am I looking for? Image created at www.wordle.net
    8. 8. 2: Where will I find the information? Reference Books Books and essays Periodical articles Information Sources Informed individuals Authoritative documents on the Web
    9. 9. 3: How Will I Get There? Research Tools Use “Library Tools” First Library Catalog Library Databases Image Source: “Tools 2” by Sanja Gjenero from www.sxc.hu
    10. 10. 3: How Will I Get There? Web Tools Recommended Web Tools Project Research Guide libguides.richlandcollege.edu /multicultural Undergraduate Research Engine research-engine.net Librarians Internet Index lii.org
    11. 11. 4: How good is my information? Evaluate Your Sources  Use CARB to evaluate every source • Currency • Authority • Relevancy • Bias
    12. 12. 5: How do I ethically use this information?  Come to the Library’s Research 3 class to learn how to document your papers in MLA format  Learn to use NoodleTools  Examine the sample research paper on the Richland Library Web site. Cite Your Sources
    13. 13. 1: Do I need additional sources?  Remember… Research is a process, not an event. You may need to go back to step one, “What information am I looking for?” Revise and do additional research.

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