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Types of Resources for Research

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Types of Resources for Research

  1. 1. Deana Greenfield Assistant Professor – NLU Library
  2. 2. The Information Cycle
  3. 3. Primary, Secondary, Tertiary Sources Chart excerpt from http://www.lib.auburn.edu/bi/typesofsources.htm
  4. 4. Scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles Peer-reviewed When an article is submitted to a peer reviewed journal, the editors send it out to other scholars in the same field (the author's peers) to get their opinion on the quality of the scholarship, its relevance to the field, its appropriateness for the journal. Purpose of a scholarly article is to inform and report on original research Reader is assumed to have a similar scholarly background – reading level is advanced Peer review in 5 minutes – a short video explanation
  5. 5. How can you tell if an article is peer-reviewed?  Look for trademark characteristics – see handout Typical parts of a scholarly (peer-reviewed) article  Google the website for the journal and read the “About this Journal” statement (click for example)  Locate the article using the NLU library databases. You can limit your search to only “scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles”  Ask for assistance from an NLU Librarian or your professor
  6. 6. NLU Library Databases What are some differences between Databases and Search Engines? Databases Search Engines Academic Search Complete Business Search Premier LexisNexis PsycINFO JSTOR ABI INFORM - Business Interfaces EBSCOHost ProQuest Google Bing Yahoo! Search AltaVista
  7. 7. Database Introduction EBSCOHost – all databases LexisNexis Academic Multidisciplinary •Business •Psychology •Education •Health Sciences Excellent for research on traditional academic topics and peer-reviewed articles Newspapers Legal Information – Case information by topic Business – Company record information Public Figures Country information •Socioeconomic profiles •International newspapers Excellent for news, business and legal research
  8. 8. Searching Databases  Different than Google. Databases understand Keywords not full sentences.  What is your research question?  EXAMPLE “What are best practices for school counseling in high schools?”  What are the main keywords that describe your topic? Can you think of some synonyms for these words? School counseling Educational counseling Best practices Techniques, strategies High school Secondary school
  9. 9. Database Video Tutorials  EBSCOHost interface  LexisNexis
  10. 10. In-Class Activity  Use an EBSCOhost database to locate a peer-reviewed article on your topic. Record the citation information in your Google Doc (Author, Title, Journal title, Year, Issue, Page span)  Use one of the library databases or an internet search engine (Google, Bing) to locate a recent newspaper article that explains how a business, school, or a social agency is using social media, a Web 2.0 tool, or new information technology (for example, electronic books) to enhance their services/teaching. This is part of your homework for next Wednesday. More information is in the Week 4 module.

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