Library Research & Graduate Writing


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  • Authority: library databases provide access to authoritative, scholarly, credible sources that undergo a rigorous publication process. These works are published and recognized by experts in their respective fields. Anyone can publish information on the open web. The web is a good place for general information on a topic, but scholarly research requires scholarly sources, most of which are unavailable on the open web.
  • Library Research & Graduate Writing

    1. 1. Academic Research & Writing
    2. 2. <ul><li>Start with a solid research topic. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What do you know on the subject? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Who will your audience be? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What do they already know about it? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What do you want to inform your audience about? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Before you start searching for information, brainstorm and choose a research topic. </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Once you choose a topic, decide what your “angle” or goal will be. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Will you be proving a point? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Making a case? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Analyzing information? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is important determine the goal of your paper, so that you can find the best genre to meet your writing needs. </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>The most common genres for academic, research-based writing are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Analytical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Offers a critical interpretation on a subject, shows the writer’s “analysis” of the subject-matter. Does not take a stance. Explores existing information and tries to present a new understanding. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Argumentative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Takes a stance on a topic and tries to persuade readers to agree with the writer’s position. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Both genres require that the writer support their points with authoritative information from credible, scholarly sources. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Once you choose a subject and an angle, it is time to start searching for information to support your ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>By searching for and reading articles related to your subject, you will: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand the different views proposed by other writers and experts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find information and data to support your arguments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Become an informed writer </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>Library Databases and news banks: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The library’s E-Research page provides direct access to a variety of general and subject-specific databases, including full-text databases. </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>Library Databases vs. Online Search Engines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Authority </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scholarly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Credibility </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>A good place to start your research. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ABI/INFORM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic Search Premier </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ProQuest Central </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>General Reference Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>InfoTrac/InfoTrac OneFile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not sure how to start your research… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask your STU librarians! </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>General Business File ASAP (Gale) </li></ul><ul><li>  Health Business Elite (EBSCO) </li></ul><ul><li>LexisNexis Academic </li></ul><ul><li>Mergent Online </li></ul><ul><li>  Statistical Datasets </li></ul><ul><li>ProQuest Central </li></ul><ul><li>Your source for reference assistance: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Larry Treadwell: [email_address] </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>SportDiscus </li></ul><ul><li>  ABI/INFORM </li></ul><ul><li>  Academic Search Premier </li></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>PsycInfo </li></ul><ul><li>Health Reference Center Academic </li></ul><ul><li>ProQuest Central </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Search Premier </li></ul><ul><li>InfoTrac </li></ul><ul><li>ABI/INFORM </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>You’ve chosen a topic, brainstormed ideas, decided on an angle, and read several relevant articles... It’s time to start writing! </li></ul><ul><li>Some things to remember: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s a good idea to start with an outline. It will keep your writing focused, and aid in developing a strong, thesis-driven essay. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow the conventions set by your department’s designated style manual. – APA, MLA, Turabian, Chicago </li></ul></ul>