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Researching to Writing 2: Databases and Image searches

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Researching to Writing 2: Databases and Image searches

  1. 1. From Researching to Writing 2:Libraries, Databases, and Image Searches
  2. 2. Discussed this time:✤ “Casual Research”✤ The Suggested Course Blogs✤ Finding Sources✤ Google vs. Research Databases✤ Finding Images to Research✤ Saving and Documenting Images
  3. 3. “Casual Research:”✤ A habit of reading and investigation✤ Employs quick searches w/ Google, Wikipedia, and the dictionary✤ Often not documented✤ An excellent way to get started✤ Furthered with casual reading of high-level material
  4. 4. Suggested course reading:(from the “Course Tools” page)✤ BAGnewsNotes: www.bagnewsnotes.com✤ Errol Morris on Opinionator: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/author/Errol- Morris/✤ Lens (NY Times): http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com✤ No Caption Needed: http://www.nocaptionneeded.com✤ TEDTalks: http://www.ted.com/talks/✤ Los Angeles Times Photography: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/ photography/✤ The Memory of Photography: http://memophoto.wordpress.com/✤ The Bigger Picture (Photography and the Smithsonian): http:// blog.photography.si.edu/✤ Sociological Images: http://contexts.org/socimages/✤ Politics, Theory & Photography: http://politicstheoryphotography.blogspot.com/✤ LIFE Archive at Google: http://images.google.com/hosted/life or add source:life to search✤ Big Picture (Boston Globe): http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/✤ Mechanical Icon: http://mechanicalicon.com/index.html
  5. 5. Suggested course reading:(from the “Course Tools” page)✤ BAGnewsNotes: www.bagnewsnotes.com✤ Errol Morris on Opinionator: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/author/Errol- Morris/✤ Lens (NY Times): http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com✤ No Caption Needed: http://www.nocaptionneeded.com✤ TEDTalks: http://www.ted.com/talks/✤ Los Angeles Times Photography: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/ photography/✤ The Memory of Photography: http://memophoto.wordpress.com/✤ The Bigger Picture (Photography and the Smithsonian): http:// blog.photography.si.edu/✤ Sociological Images: http://contexts.org/socimages/✤ Politics, Theory & Photography: http://politicstheoryphotography.blogspot.com/✤ LIFE Archive at Google: http://images.google.com/hosted/life or add source:life to search✤ Big Picture (Boston Globe): http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/✤ Mechanical Icon: http://mechanicalicon.com/index.html
  6. 6. Suggested course reading:(from the “Course Tools” page)✤ BAGnewsNotes: www.bagnewsnotes.com✤ Errol Morris on Opinionator: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/author/Errol- Morris/✤ Lens (NY Times): http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com✤ No Caption Needed: http://www.nocaptionneeded.com✤ TEDTalks: http://www.ted.com/talks/✤ Los Angeles Times Photography: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/ photography/✤ The Memory of Photography: http://memophoto.wordpress.com/✤ The Bigger Picture (Photography and the Smithsonian): http:// blog.photography.si.edu/✤ Sociological Images: http://contexts.org/socimages/✤ Politics, Theory & Photography: http://politicstheoryphotography.blogspot.com/✤ LIFE Archive at Google: http://images.google.com/hosted/life or add source:life to search✤ Big Picture (Boston Globe): http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/✤ Mechanical Icon: http://mechanicalicon.com/index.html
  7. 7. Suggested course reading:(from the “Course Tools” page)✤ BAGnewsNotes: www.bagnewsnotes.com✤ Errol Morris on Opinionator: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/author/Errol- Morris/✤ Lens (NY Times): http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com✤ No Caption Needed: http://www.nocaptionneeded.com✤ TEDTalks: http://www.ted.com/talks/✤ Los Angeles Times Photography: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/ photography/✤ The Memory of Photography: http://memophoto.wordpress.com/✤ The Bigger Picture (Photography and the Smithsonian): http:// blog.photography.si.edu/✤ Sociological Images: http://contexts.org/socimages/✤ Politics, Theory & Photography: http://politicstheoryphotography.blogspot.com/✤ LIFE Archive at Google: http://images.google.com/hosted/life or add source:life to search✤ Big Picture (Boston Globe): http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/✤ Mechanical Icon: http://mechanicalicon.com/index.html
  8. 8. Finding Sources:✤ Check the suggested course readings often.✤ Don’t think you can Google your way to a paper.✤ Get familiar with the OC Library--both the building and the webpage.✤ Use article search databases like Proquest and EbscoHost✤ Document, document, document
  9. 9. Proquest vs. Google:✤ Credible sources✤ Keywords chosen by humans✤ Full text of articles
  10. 10. Searching Proquest:✤ (Screen shot from OC homepage)
  11. 11. Document Everything:✤ Immediately after you’re done with this video, make a “working bibliography.”✤ Accessible—everywhere you work✤ Thorough—all info needed to find the source again and to remember what it said✤ Part of your research habit
  12. 12. Accessible:✤ Inside of your Dropbox✤ In your email account✤ On your student “X” drive✤ On another cloud storage space (Google, Amazon, Box.net, etc.)✤ On a thumb drive
  13. 13. Thorough:✤ Every time—honestly, every time—you find a potential source✤ In the same document (probably a Microsoft Word or text file), record this stuff: ✤ The URL (if off the web) ✤ The author ✤ The title ✤ Why you like it ✤ Optional (though suggested): A quote or two you’re sure you want to use✤ Keep it simple, keep it accessible. This is your system. Make sure it makes sense to you.
  14. 14. Your Research Habit:✤ Keep it real.✤ Make your work count.✤ Don’t make yourself do it twice (or three times, or four times).✤ Don’t go halfway just because you don’t know where to start.✤ Consider keeping a working outline as you go.
  15. 15. Finding Images:✤ Google Image Search is not very useful, especially if your topic is vague. It’s helpful when searching for a specific image.✤ Be creative.✤ Keep track of the course readings—they help in surprising ways.✤ Dig for references to images in your other sources.✤ When you save images, save reference info too: ✤ Source ✤ Photographer, if you can find it ✤ Year, if you can find it
  16. 16. Saving and Documenting Images: ✤ Keep image files together with your working bibliography and working outline ✤ Use detailed file names. I suggest this: “phototitle photosource datefound.jpg.” For example: afghangirltoday nocaptionneeded 18oct11.jpg.” This ensures that I know where my images are from, so that I don’t have to try to find them again later. ✤ Don’t make yourself do the work twice. ✤ The basics: right-click on most photos to save them. Choose “Save As...” from the menu and save the file in your accessible research space. Give it a detailed name. ✤ Ask me for assistance.
  17. 17. These “Librarian” people? ✤ Librarians are amazingly well-educated, amazingly helpful, and mostly bored and lonely. ✤ OC librarians are available via phone, email, web chat, and (of course) in person. ✤ While we’re on the topic: “books” are amazing.
  18. 18. Final points: ✤ Get in the habit of “casual research.” ✤ Read the course blogs for ideas. ✤ Document, document, document. ✤ Don’t do the same work twice. ✤ Ask if you get stuck.

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