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PLSC Comparative Politics

  1. 1. Annotated Bibliography & Research Strategies
  2. 2. What today is all about0Aid in constructing research strategy for finding resources for annotated bibliography0Find resources in library catalog and databases available 0Everything shown today is available at Research Guide for Comparative Politics
  3. 3. Research Guide
  4. 4. Writing an analytical research paper Ask a questionDO: DO NOT:0 Exploring the topic 0 Take a stance0 Research the topic 0 Be persuasive0 Explain the topic 0 Worry about your0 Critically evaluate definitive research0 Use primary and question too soon secondary resources
  5. 5. What do I do first? Take a look at your topic and identify key search terms, Ask a question. Most databases now use an implied Boolean logic search scheme so a keyword search will get you started. Boolean logic is the use of AND, NOT, OR to narrow or expand your search See Research Guide WHO
  6. 6. Research Strategy•Start big doing backgroundreading•Narrow your topic for amore focused product•Research narrowed topicusing subject specificdatabases Ask a question•Keep track of bibliographiccitations to avoid troubledown the road.
  7. 7. Annotated Bibliography0Allows you to see what is out there0Helps you narrow your topic and discard any irrelevant materials0Aids in developing the thesis0Makes you a better scholar
  8. 8. Managing Information - RefWorks0Licensed state-wide, access free to Ohio students for the rest of your life!0See: n’ Cite interfaces with MS Word0Excellent Tutorials0Help available at Heterick0Research Guide for HONR 231 for instructions on how to get your free-for-a-life-time account
  9. 9. Bibliographic Citation Software REFWORKS
  10. 10. What do I do next?Use library resources to continue your backgroundresearch.
  12. 12. FIND A BOOK∞POLAR •Looks in several locations (usually subject, article title, abstracts or contents) •Does not require an exact match •Generates comparatively large number of hits (not precise) •Good if you are not familiar with terminology •Look for the same or similar words which keep appearing
  13. 13. FIND A BOOK∞POLAR •Looks in one place – subject •Usually requires an exact match between your term and a pre-set list of terms •Precise •Can be used after keyword search has identified specific subjects • See Research Guide for suggestions • Click on the “Find Similar Items” link found on each item record
  14. 14. Find a Book∞OhioLink0 Materials owned by all Ohio colleges, universities, several public libraries0 Ca. 10 million items0 Link from POLAR permits you to submit requests. Available from Heterick home page0 Most requests arrive in 3-5 working days0 No charge0 Limited to 100 items at a time0 MAY RENEW UP TO 4 TIMES
  15. 15. Internet ToolsGoogle and Wikipedia aren’t intrinsically evil, just use them for the correct purpose in your research.
  16. 16. Internet ToolsNote: If Google Scholarworking off ONU buyscampus please Full-textsee the database Google asks“google to link toscholar” tab at contentthe Research OhioLINKGuide for Permitsinformation on Google to Run Googlehow to set link to full-text Scholaryour “scholar Searchpreferences” ONU user sees licensed full-text articles
  17. 17. Critically analyzing web sources0What? is the page/site about0Who? created and maintains this site0Where? Is the information coming from0Why? Is the information presented on the web0When? Was the page created or last updated0How? Accurate or credible is the page Used with permission by the library staff at Wisconsin
  18. 18. Primary v. Secondary Primary Secondary 0 In the humanities, a 0 Secondary Sources analyze primary source could be or interpret an historical event or artistic work. defined as something Secondary sources often that was created either base their theories and during the time period arguments on the direct being studied or evidence found in primary sources. A secondary work afterward by for a subject is one that individuals reflecting on discusses the subject but is their involvement in the written after the time events of that time. contemporary with it.Primary Sources: Definitions. Lafayette College Libraries & Academic Information Resources.<> Accessed August 8, 2007.Secondary Sources defined. Ellen George. University of British Columbia Library>.Access August 8, 2007
  19. 19. What do I do next?Use databases to find articles based on your search strategy
  20. 20. Find an Article0 Periodical means the same as MagazineUsually magazines are more “popular”0 Journals Scholarly or Professional Peer reviewed See Research Guide for HONR 231 for this and other Handouts
  21. 21. Research Tools∞Databases0Often tools for locating journal and newspaper articles0Most are subject-specific – some multi-disciplinary0Many give access to full text of articles0Heterick has over 250
  22. 22. Research Tools∞Databases0Over 20,000 journals indexed, most are full text0Divided by subject area offered at ONU0Begin with a general database, 0Academic Search Complete 0JSTOR
  23. 23. Research Tools∞DatabasesA. Academic Search CompleteB. JSTORC. Lexis-NexisD. Worldwide Political Science AbstractsE. International Political Science Abstracts
  24. 24. General Database Scholarly journals, peer reviewed articles
  25. 25. General Database Scholarly journals, peer reviewed articles
  26. 26. Newspapers at Heterick0 Ada Herald 0 Until microform arrives0 Akron Beacon Journal 0 30 days0 The Blade -- Toledo 0 30 days0 Chicago Tribune 0 30 days0 Chronicle of Higher Education 0 Until microform arrives0 Cincinnati Enquirer 0 30 days0 Columbus Dispatch 0 30 days0 Courier -- Findlay 0 30 days0 Courier Journal -- Louisville 0 30 days0 Dayton Daily News 0 30 days0 Kenton Times 0 30 days0 Lima News 0 30 days0 Los Angeles Times 0 30 days0 New York Times 0 Until microform arrives0 Plain Dealer -- Cleveland 0 30 days0 Wall Street Journal 0 Until microform arrives0 Washington Post 0 30 daysLexis Nexis Academic Wall Street Journal HistoricalNew York Times Newspaper databases at HML
  27. 27. Subject Specific Database
  28. 28. Interlibrary Loan (ILL)0Use when you need a book or article that is not available online, not owned by ONU or available via OhioLINK0No charge/ limit on requests0Most requests take 5-7 days to fill0Use ILL form on library web pages.
  29. 29. QUESTIONS?0Ask at the Reference Desk0Phone the Reference Desk – 21850Contact us by E-mail reference@onu.edu0Use Chat Help feature or the IM