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  1. 1. SPED 501 Library Instructional Session Lettycia Terrones Education Librarian lterrones@fullerton.edu (657)278-5801 Research Consultations by appointment http://www.library.fullerton.edu/services/research-consultations.php
  2. 2. Learning Outcomes This guide provides information on how to: • Search for research articles. • Access scholarly journals for research in Special Education. • Request articles and books via InterLibrary Loan (MyILLiad) • Find scholarly books. • Construct APA citations, including for electronic sources. • Review writing and plagiarism resources. For research questions not answered by this guide, please contact Lettycia Terrones via IM chat or email, or another librarian on-line 24/7.
  3. 3. How can starting my research by forming a research question help me? Writing out a research question can be effective in targeting your research scope and concepts. A good research question will contain Who, What, Where, When, How elements, as well as seek to find relationships between your research variables/concepts. For example: What factors contribute to the persistence and academic achievement of Latino graduate students? Now you have at least three key terms with which to begin your initial search. Remember to use the Thesaurus to identify subject headings and related terms for each of your key terms to better target your research.
  4. 4. How do I select the best databases for research in education? Top databases for Education Research ERIC PsycINFO Education Full-text Sage Journals Online Academic Search Premier Google Scholar Dissertations & Theses Some Journals in Special Education Journal of Learning Disabilities Exceptional Children The Journal of Special Education Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions Gifted Child Quarterly Learning Disability Quarterly TEACHING Exceptional Children Intervention in School and Clinic
  5. 5. What is the difference between an empirical article vs. a review article? http://screencast.com/t/VfHsL2jVzncP
  6. 6. What does “peer-review” mean? Two short videos that define and describe the “peer-review” process. From Merriam-Webster Dictionary: peer review noun: a process by which a scholarly work (such as a paper or a research proposal) is checked by a group of experts in the same field to make sure it meets the necessary standards before it is published or accepted
  7. 7. How do I cite in APA? The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. (2010) is the authority used by writers in the social sciences and some natural sciences. Unofficial: CSUF APA Citation Style (PDF) provides a two-page overview of some of the most common citation needs for both the in-text parenthetical documentation and the reference list Official: APA Frequently Asked Questions and APA Style Help provide a few official examples and additional support from the APA. For the most comprehensive coverage of APA style, including citation rules, please remember to consult the print APA publication manual. Copies are kept at the Reference Desk for in-library use. Also Available Online: OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue University. Purdue University's OWL is an excellent source to use for any citation style, including APA.
  8. 8. Q: I was promoted to pay for an article. Do I have to pay? A: No. You can request articles that are not immediately available for free by using My ILLiad InterLibrary Loan. Simply, sign in using your Titan username and password to register. Next, use the request tools on the left side column to request electronic articles and/or books.
  9. 9. How do I search for books and e-books using the library catalog? Locate books and ebooks from the Pollak Library homepage. To access e-books, you will be prompted to enter in your Titan Portal username and password. Use a keyword search when you’d like to find books and e-books on a topic or subject. Combine keywords using the word AND. For instance: special education AND instruction. You can search by specific author, title, or subject by using the drop-down menu. The Pollak Library Catalog, allows you to search for books and ebooks within specific collections in our library. For example: *Selecting Curriculum Materials & Juvenile Only from the drop-down menu, will limit your results to handbooks, guides, and lesson plan materials found in our library’s Curriculum Materials Center, 4th floor.
  10. 10. What is an annotated bibliography? 1) An annotated bibliography is list of references sources (scholarly articles, books, websites, reports, etc.) on a topic or research area that contains a summary and evaluation for each listed document. The “annotation” part pertains to the write-up produced for each source. OWL Purdue provides an excellent online guide with samples for writing annotated bibliographies: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/ resource/614/01/ 2) Use the APA empirical research article format as an evaluation tool. Scholarly articles that present new research will have the following structure: Abstract Introduction (literature review) Methodology, Results (statistics), Discussion References Knowing what each section contains based on the structure will allowing you to “jump” around the article to find what you need. You may find that you will not need to read an entire 30 page article from start to finish, but still be able to use parts of it.
  11. 11. How do I approach writing a literature review? Highly recommended video tutorials on writing literature reviews. The links below offer excellent web resources for writing literature reviews: Harvard Graduate School of Education - The Literature Review: A Research Journey Literature Review Sample Paper - Purdue Writing Lab UNC-Chapel Hill Writing Guide for Literature Reviews