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  1. 1. Research your way to an A! ... well … to the best grade you can earn while learning! Marlene Forney [email_address] 480-461-7631
  2. 2. What is Scholarly Research? <ul><li>Not the Google 2 step! </li></ul><ul><li>Something you can use Google to start but not to finish. </li></ul><ul><li>Not something you are born knowing! </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is Scholarly Research? <ul><li>Process that requires time and decision-making </li></ul><ul><li>Searching for information to use for specific purposes </li></ul><ul><li>Something anyone can learn! </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is a Research Paper? <ul><li>Online Writing Lab (OWL) Purdue University “ A research paper is a piece of academic writing that requires a more abstract, critical, and thoughtful level of inquiry than you might be used to” </li></ul><ul><li>Something your Instructor assigns! </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is Information? <ul><li>Facts about a certain topic which can be shared or observed </li></ul><ul><li>Anything that tells you something </li></ul><ul><li>Facts, opinions, and data that can be shared or communicated </li></ul>
  6. 6. Definitions of Information <ul><li>American Library Association “…all ideas, facts, and imaginative works of the mind that have been communicated, recorded published and /or distributed formally or informally in any format.” Heartsill Young, ed., The ALA Glossary of Library and Information Science (Chicago: American Library Association, 1983), 117 </li></ul><ul><li>WordNet “…knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction…” </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Factual or Analytical </li></ul><ul><li>Objective or Subjective </li></ul><ul><li>Primary or Secondary (even Tertiary) Cornell Olin Kroch Uris Libraries “ How Literature is Structured ” Central Queensland University “ Primary, Secondary and Tertiary levels of Information ” </li></ul>Information Characteristics
  8. 8. Research- The Beginning <ul><li>Understand your topic and assignment </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect on what types of information you will need </li></ul><ul><li>Think about where you might find this information </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Brainstorm about your topic – alone, with a friend </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the topic too broad? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the topic too narrow? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What issues are related to it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What do you want to know about one or more of these issues? </li></ul></ul>Research- Next …
  10. 10. <ul><li>Access some information resources to answer questions that will help you write about your topic </li></ul>Research- … Preparing to Search
  11. 11. <ul><li>Information access points </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Catalogs - to Collections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Databases - to Periodicals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free web - to Various sources </li></ul></ul>Research- … Where to Search
  12. 12. <ul><li>Catalogs – MCC Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic Search Use Keywords- General, Subject Displays lists of records </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Browse Search Specific searches – Subjects, Titles Displays lists of matching terms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced Search Combine Keywords- Title & Subject Multiple limits possible- AV, MCC, 1999 </li></ul></ul>Research- Starting to Search
  13. 13. <ul><li>Catalogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quick Book Search for the savvy searcher (opens new window from MCC Library homepage) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links to Valley area libraries and major Arizona academic libraries </li></ul></ul>Research- Starting to Search
  14. 14. <ul><li>Electronic Resources (via paid library subscriptions) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>General </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Newspapers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ebooks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject Specific </li></ul></ul>Research- Starting to Search
  15. 15. <ul><li>Electronic Resources - General </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic Search Premier Great starting point Lots of scholarly pubs Loads of full-text Visual search tool!! </li></ul></ul>Research- Starting to Search
  16. 16. <ul><li>Electronic Resources – General </li></ul><ul><ul><li>InfoTrac GeneralFile Nice place to start Offers ‘best’ subject search Nifty results display options Useful citation examples </li></ul></ul>Research- Starting to Search
  17. 17. <ul><li>Electronic Resources – General </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic OneFile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CQ Researcher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MasterFile Premier </li></ul></ul>Research- Starting to Search
  18. 18. <ul><li>Electronic Resources - Newspapers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Arizona Republic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ethnic NewsWatch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National News </li></ul></ul>Research- Starting to Search
  19. 19. <ul><li>Electronic Resources - Newspapers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>National News Full text (FT) for both top US newspapers The New York Times and Wall Street Journal Also FT for Christian Science Monitor , LA Times , and Washington Post </li></ul></ul>Research- Starting to Search
  20. 20. <ul><li>Electronic - Ebooks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gale Virtual Reference Desk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ebrary </li></ul></ul>Research- Starting to Search
  21. 21. <ul><li>Electronic Resources - Specialties </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ebrary </li></ul></ul>Research- Starting to Search
  22. 22. <ul><li>Information access points </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Catalogs - to Collections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Databases - to Periodicals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free web - to Various sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>Research- Next …