FSC 406Library Resources Linda GallowaySyracuse University Library Spring 2012
What we’re going to do today…• Talk about topics, keywords and finding information• Learn how to find books @ SU Library – both print and electronic books.• Learn how to use scientific databases to locate scholarly journal articles• Understand how & why to use the legal/news resource Lexis-Nexis
Start with your research assignment…• Develop a research topic by: – Evaluating topic – Background reading/ review literature – Developing a list of search terms – Writing a clarifying paragraph
Choose a topic you are interested in.Carefully define and develop your topic.A well defined topic is easier to search. Do you always get to choose your topic???
Developing your Topic1. Choose a topic that interests you.2. Evaluate your topic.3. Get a working knowledge of your topic. (develop keyword list)4. Identify controversies or questions.5. Develop your research question.6. Write your clarifying paragraph.
Let’s develop our topic1. Choose a topic that interests you (Criminal profiling)2. Evaluate your topic (Too broad or narrow?)3. Get a working knowledge of your topic. (develop keyword list) (How to do this??)4. Identify controversies or questions (Background reading)5. Develop your research question (Why?)6. Write your clarifying paragraph (Or introduction, or abstract)
Offender profiling, also known as criminal profiling, is a behavioral andinvestigative tool that is intended to help investigators to profile unknowncriminal subjects or offenders. Offender profiling is alsoknown as criminal profiling, criminalpersonality profiling, criminologicalprofiling, behavioral profiling or criminalinvestigative analysis. Geographic profiling is another methodto profile an offender. Television shows such as Law & Order: CriminalIntent, Profiler in the 1990s, the 2005 television series Criminal Minds, the2011 television series Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, and the 1991 filmThe Silence of the Lambs have lent many names to what the FBI calls"criminal investigative analysis.“http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Offender_profiling#Controversies
When searching databases…Remember: RATS Read All The Screens!• Synonyms• Subjects• Suggested topics• Types of materials – Scholarly Journals, Magazines, etc.
Recognize the differencebetween a magazine and a journal….. Peer review: suitability for publication credibility quality control
Primary Sources & Peer ReviewPrimary Source - Original document containing firsthand information – Diaries, interviews – Original research including journal articles and preprintsA peer reviewed primary source is a work that is evaluated by experts in the field of study prior to publication. Serves as a measure of quality.
Before you begin your research…• Define your topic• Gain a working knowledge of your topic – background info, keywords, controversies• Write your abstract/introduction AND your outline• Make sure you know what you are looking for• Find books in the….• Find articles in the….