New methods in research

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New methods in research

  1. 1. 1. Think Before You Search<br />Where are you going?<br />Define the task<br />What is the research question?<br />NoodleTools can help<br />Photo by Brian Hillegas, Creative Commons on flickr<br />
  2. 2. 2. Look Beyond Google<br />Sweet Search<br />Sweet Search 4 Me<br />Google Scholar<br />Library of Congress<br />Preselected Sites<br />PRHS Library databases<br />Save research time<br />Photo By The U.S. Army (Searching for opposing forces) via Wikimedia Commons<br />
  3. 3. 3. Start Broad<br />Understand this…<br />Uncertainty<br />Research is a process<br />Research requires deep thinking (Nicholas Carr)<br />Use nouns (keywords)<br />Teach an actual method like The Big 6<br />Photo by SerGe's Insanity Creative Commons on flickr<br />
  4. 4. 4. Narrow Results<br />Narrow, broaden, find related terms<br />Advanced search options<br />“phrase searching”<br />Boolean searching (+)<br />Wildcard*<br />Natural language<br />Photo by danorth1 Creative Commons on flickr<br />
  5. 5. 5. Dig Deep<br />Wikipedia <br />(external links)<br />Google Rankings<br />.com sites purpose<br />The deep web<br />Effective research skills need to be reinforced over time<br />Photo by NOAA, Ocean Explorer (Operation Deep Scope) Creative Commons on flickr<br />
  6. 6. 6. Evaluate Sources<br />CRAAP Test (CAARP)<br />Currency<br />Relevance<br />Authority<br />Accuracy<br />Purpose<br />CARRDSS Test<br />Who, when, and why?<br />What are my needs?<br />Photo by Heptagon via Wikimedia Commons<br />
  7. 7. 7. Find Primary Sources<br />Primary vs. Secondary sources<br />National Archives<br />Library of Congress<br />EBSCO (Kids Search and Student Research Center)<br />Photo by Rosie O'Beirne Creative Commons on flickr<br />
  8. 8. 8. Cite Sources<br />As you find resources cite them <br />Bibliography (Works Consulted) vs. Works Cited<br />NoodleBib<br />Plagiarism (unintentional)<br />Photo by amypalko Creative Commons on flickr<br />
  9. 9. 9. Utilize PRHS Library Databases<br />prhslibrary.com<br />“Database Passwords”<br />lavalamp<br />EBSCO<br />Grolier (under encyclopedias)<br />Newsbank<br />The Record Enterprise<br />
  10. 10. 10. Google Docs<br />Access your documents from anywhere<br />Collaborate with other Google users<br />MLA Format: headings, margins, and other guidelines<br />

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