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Research Roadmap

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Learn how to do basic library research in this handy video!

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Research Roadmap

  1. 1. Stratton Taylor Library Instruction<br />The Research Roadmap<br />
  2. 2. Stratton Taylor Library 101<br />70,000 books, 100 databases, 400+ print journals, 50,000 e-books, WiFi and more!<br />Library Homepage: www.rsu.edu/library<br />Library Tutorials: http://www.rsu.edu/st-library/gov-info/Tutorials.asp<br />
  3. 3. Stratton Taylor Library 101<br />Distance Student Services<br />Access Services & Distance Learning Librarian<br />Virtual Reference via email/phone<br />Free document/book delivery<br />Instruction sessions available at all RSU campuses on request<br />Embedded Librarian<br />
  4. 4. The 5 questions of research<br />What do I need to know?<br />Is this a good source, or a bad source?<br />How do I find the best sources for my topic?<br />How do I put it all together?<br />Why Cite?<br />
  5. 5. 1. What do I need to know?<br />Picking a topic<br />Learning the basics about your topic<br />Library Reference sources<br />Web References<br />Stratton Taylor Library: Search Everything<br />
  6. 6. 1. What do I need to know?<br />Round 1 Outline<br />Thesis statement<br />Point 1<br />Point 2<br />Point 3<br />Conclusion<br />Descriptive vs. argumentative papers<br />
  7. 7. 2. Is this a good source, or a bad source?<br />Understanding types of sources<br />Primary Sources<br />Government documents<br />news articles, personal communications, etc.<br />Creative works<br />Data sets, maps, etc.<br />Secondary Sources<br />Scholarly/Peer-reviewed Books and Journals<br />Industry Books, Journals, and websites<br />Popular books, magazines, and websites<br />Reference books and websites<br />
  8. 8. 2. Is this a good source, or a bad source?<br />Use the CARS test to rate your source<br />Credibility<br />Accuracy<br />Reasonableness<br />Support<br />
  9. 9. 2. Is this a good source, or a bad source?<br />Select the strongest sources<br />Organize sources into match your basic outline<br />Note the strong and weak aspects of each source<br />How to use an imperfect source<br />
  10. 10. 3. How do I find good research?<br />Tips for library searching<br />Narrow with Search Everything<br />Refine with keywords and operators<br />Checkboxes, date ranges<br />Libguides: The best for your subject<br />Databases: Journals, magazines, newspapers, and some primary sources<br />Library Catalog: Books, eBooks, movies, audiobooks, and government documents<br />Netlibrary: Just searches ebooks<br />
  11. 11. 3. How do I find good research?<br />Excellent research web sites<br />Government agencies<br />Companies and Trade organizations<br />Subject Matter Experts<br />Google Scholar/Interlibrary Loan<br />Other Websites to use…and to avoid<br />How to use—and not use--Wikipedia<br />Content farms and how to avoid them<br />Internet Public Library<br />
  12. 12. 4. How do I put it all together?<br />Organizing data<br />Filling in the blanks<br />Writing the detailed outline<br />From outline to paper<br />
  13. 13. 5. Why Cite?<br />APA, MLA, Chicago,???<br />Why Plagiarism Matters and how to avoid it<br />Refworks: your Automatic Bibliography!<br />
  14. 14. Final thoughts<br />Use the right tools for the job<br />If at first you don’t succeed, try another search term<br />Controlled Vocabulary is your friend<br />Consider the source<br />Proper Citation: It’s not just a good idea: It’s the (University) Law.<br />
  15. 15. Questions?<br />Sarah Clark, Access Services & Distance Learning Librarian<br />sclark@rsu.edu<br />(918)343-7719<br />www.rsu.edu/library<br />
  16. 16. Helpful websites<br />RSU Library: www.rsu.edu/library<br />Library Tutorials: http://www.rsu.edu/st-library/gov-info/Tutorials.asp<br />RSU LibGuides: http://libguides.rsu.edu/<br />Purdue OWL: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/<br />Internet Public Library: http://www.ipl.org/<br />The CARS test: http://www.virtualsalt.com/evalu8it.htm<br />
  17. 17. Helpful books (all owned by the RSU Library!)<br />Finding and evaluating sources<br />The Craft of Research, Wayne C. Booth<br />Organizing a paper and its arguments<br />Guide to College Writing, Emily Dial-Driver (RSU Professor)<br />Writing and reading across the Curriculum, Laurence Behrens & Leonard J. Rosen<br />Citing responsibly<br />MLA Handbook for Writers of research papers<br />Publication manual of the American Psychological Association <br />A manual for writers of research papers, theses, and dissertations : Chicago style for students and researchers, Kate L. Turabian<br />The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism, Colin Neville<br />

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