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Controversial Issues


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Controversial Issues

  1. 1. Research Sources & Techniques By Gina Singh
  2. 2. Research Sources ENCYCLOPEDIAS Provide short entries/articles for an overview of the topic and its main ideas . SEARCH TOOL: PERIODICAL DATABASE SEARCH TOOL: LIBRARY CATALOG BOOKS 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.
  3. 3. Research Sources NEWSPAPER ARTICLES Very brief news reports that focus on current events or topics currently in the news. MAGAZINE ARTICLES As short as encyclopedia articles, but instead of an overview, magazines narrow the focus to one or two specific aspects of a topic. SEARCH TOOL: PERIODICAL DATABASE
  4. 4. Types of Resources  Scholarly Sources  It has abstract in the beginning  It may have a list of keyword  Article has a research problem  Mentions studies that have addressed the problem in the past  Has a purpose statement  Has research question and hypothesis  Uses qualitative, quantitative or mixed method approach to conduct research  Has a conclusion at the end  Has a bibliography or reference list at the end  Popular Sources: Magazine articles like Style, Newsweek, Time etc.  Newspaper sources: LA Times, Whittier Daily News etc.  Primary Sources: Original writings created at the time when the event occurred.  Secondary Sources: Sources that evaluate, summarize, analyze written by experts from that field after the event has occurred. Source: gprimarysources/index.cfm
  5. 5. Magazines vs. Scholarly Journals Magazines  Audience: Large group of people  Brief, non-technical language  Author is journalist or freelance writer Scholarly Journals  Audience: Experts in the field, students  Lengthy, technical language  Author are experts in the field & credentials are always listed  Peer-reviewed  Look: Graphics, images, advertising  Look: Graphs, charts, statistical data, plain cover  No references  References at the end  Examples: Cosmopolitan, Newsweek, Sp orts Illustrated etc.  Examples: Child Development, Social Science Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology etc.
  6. 6. Start Research from the library homepage FIND BOOKS FIND JOURNAL, MAGAZINE, AND NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
  7. 7. Databases To Explore • Gale Virtual Reference Library (For Background Research) • CQ Researcher • Gale Opposing Viewpoints • SIRS • Proquest • EBSCO
  8. 8. Access Rio for Off Campus Database Use Click on Library Tab
  9. 9. Gale Virtual Reference Library Database for Background Research
  10. 10. For & Against Viewpoints SIRS Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context
  11. 11. CQ Researcher: For Current Issues
  12. 12. Checklist for Evaluating Websites Author: Credentials & professional affiliations, contact address, about link Check the URL (Uniform Resource Locator or website address) because it may be the name & type of organization sponsoring the webpage. E.g. .edu, .com, .gov, .net etc. Reason for webpage: Its purpose Determine the origin of the document Timeframe: Current or past view. What time period does your topic require? Objectivity : Point of View or Bias Bibliography: Citations and references to other sources Coverage: Relevance to the assignment. Is the source too narrow? Too broad? Can you understand it? Format, Organization, Appearance: Is it Easy to read? Source: Source:
  13. 13. Where To Search For Books: Library Catalog For Scholarly Articles: Databases: Proquest, EBSCO, Gale Reference Library. •Off Campus Users: Access Rio For Controversial Topics: Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context, CQ Researcher, Issues and Controversies, SIRS Check out Controversial Topics Books Link on the Library Homepage For Current Issues: CQ Researcher, EBSCO, Proquest, Gale Opposing Viewpoints, Issues and Controversies For Biographies: Gale Biography in Context For Historical Books : Google Books at
  14. 14. Citation Help In the Library: •Books: MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers •Handouts: Available at the reference desk & given during orientation Online: •Son of Citation Machine •Easy Bib IMP: Always double check your citations with the handbook or the handouts given to you in the library. DONOT rely on online citation generators for correct and accurate citations.