Session 2: Refreshing our Research Skills English 16 Professor Hassan Librarian: Emily Drabinski [email_address] 718-488-1...
Take home lesson from Session 1: Learning library research techniques makes research easier!
Google vs. Library <ul><li>Google </li></ul><ul><li>Search universe of information </li></ul><ul><li>Just throw in any old...
Your Google search: How did colonialism affect women in the Belgian Congo? becomes colonialism   OR   imperialism   AND   ...
Search boxes can help you remember the different ways to search
How do I come up with keywords?
So let’s give it a whirl!
Step One: What are we looking for?   <ul><li>Find an article that reflects critically on Chinua Achebe’s essay, ‘An Image ...
Step Two: Where can we go to find an article like that? <ul><li>Think about subject area: Who would be talking about Acheb...
Step Three: What are some keywords that might get at my question? <ul><li>Author names </li></ul><ul><li>Article title </l...
Now it’s your turn! <ul><li>Using one of the databases we talked about in class and the keywords we generated, find one ar...
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English 16: Session Two

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English 16: Session Two

  1. 1. Session 2: Refreshing our Research Skills English 16 Professor Hassan Librarian: Emily Drabinski [email_address] 718-488-1036
  2. 2. Take home lesson from Session 1: Learning library research techniques makes research easier!
  3. 3. Google vs. Library <ul><li>Google </li></ul><ul><li>Search universe of information </li></ul><ul><li>Just throw in any old question or string of words </li></ul><ul><li>Feels free, but you’re often asked to pay </li></ul><ul><li>Library resources </li></ul><ul><li>Search controlled groups of content </li></ul><ul><li>Break up topic into parts and search by keywords combined using AND, OR, and NOT </li></ul><ul><li>The library pays for access—search from the library homepage </li></ul>
  4. 4. Your Google search: How did colonialism affect women in the Belgian Congo? becomes colonialism OR imperialism AND women AND Congo OR Belgian Congo
  5. 5. Search boxes can help you remember the different ways to search
  6. 6. How do I come up with keywords?
  7. 7. So let’s give it a whirl!
  8. 8. Step One: What are we looking for? <ul><li>Find an article that reflects critically on Chinua Achebe’s essay, ‘An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness .’ </li></ul>
  9. 9. Step Two: Where can we go to find an article like that? <ul><li>Think about subject area: Who would be talking about Achebe and Conrad? Literature scholars? Historians? </li></ul><ul><li>Where in the library can we go to find those kinds of scholars talking? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Step Three: What are some keywords that might get at my question? <ul><li>Author names </li></ul><ul><li>Article title </li></ul><ul><li>Keywords from Achebe’s work </li></ul><ul><li>Any hints our professor has given us (for example, the name of a critic) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Now it’s your turn! <ul><li>Using one of the databases we talked about in class and the keywords we generated, find one article about Chinua Achebe’s essay. Write the citation below. Be prepared to share your search strategies with the class. </li></ul>

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