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This presentation is not about RefWorks


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This is a slideshow of the presentation given in January of 2011 to EdD students at CSUF.

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This presentation is not about RefWorks

  1. 1. This presentation is not about RefWorks<br />Connecting your research to the scholarly literature<br />Created by Stephanie Rosenblatt, Winter 2011<br />
  2. 2. Why do you conduct research?<br />What is the purpose of a literature review?<br />How would you answer these questions?<br />
  3. 3. Construct efficient searches using thesaurus terms<br />Connect your research topic to the literature (work of other researchers)<br />Identify key researchers and/or theorists working in your field<br />Workshop Goals<br />
  4. 4. How To Vote via Texting<br />EXAMPLE<br />Standard texting rates only (worst case US $0.20)<br />We have no access to your phone number<br />Capitalization doesn’t matter, but spaces and spelling do<br />TIPS<br />
  5. 5. Poll #1: Conducting Research<br />Don’t forget: You can copy-paste this slide into other presentations, and move or resize the poll.<br />
  6. 6. A thesaurus is a controlled vocabulary or list of terms used to describe the concepts addressed in an article. <br />You are often able to find more information relating to your topic if you use the thesaurus term instead of conducting a simple keyword search.<br />Every database has its own unique set of terms, but they are listed in the thesaurus.<br />Using a database’s thesaurus<br />
  7. 7. Poll #2: Conducting Research<br />Don’t forget: You can copy-paste this slide into other presentations, and move or resize the poll.<br />
  8. 8. Read the articles you find in batches.<br />Identify how the articles address your themes. “Discard” those that don’t.<br />Identify other studies you want to consult by reading the lit reviews of the articles you have found. (Even better: Find a literature review on your topic.)<br />Look up key theorists or theories using encyclopedias then read the seminal works identified in those sources.<br />Connecting your research to the work of other scholars<br />
  9. 9. Kamman, M. L., & Long, S. K. (2010). One district's approach to the induction of special <br /> education teachers. Journal of Special Education Leadership, 23(1), 21-29. Retrieved from <br /><br />Poll #3: Finding sources<br />
  10. 10. Cole, M. (2009). Critical Race Theory and education: A <br /> Marxist response. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. <br />How would you find this?<br />
  11. 11. Darling-Hammond, L. (2009). President Obama and education: The possibility for dramatic improvements in teaching and learning. Harvard Educational Review, 79(2), 210-223. Retrieved from<br />Hill, D. M., & Barth, M. (2004). NCLB and teacher retention: Who will turn out the lights?. Education and the Law, 16(2-3), 173-181. doi:10.1080/0953996042000291588<br />Gamoran, A. (2007). Standards-based reform and the poverty gap: Lessons for No Child Left Behind. Washington, D.C: Brookings Institution Press. <br />Find these:<br />
  12. 12. Use Web of Science to see who has cited the article you are reading by conducting a Cited Reference Search.<br />If your author has written a dissertation, he or she probably wrote an article on the same or similar topic. Conduct an author search using the major indexes (ERIC, Education Full Text, Academic Search Premier) and Google Scholar.<br />Making sure you have the most current research<br />
  13. 13. Use specialized encyclopedias, such as those in Gale Virtual Reference Library, to learn more about theorists or theories.<br />Use the encyclopedia entries to learn more about the theory being studied and seminal texts related to those theories.<br />Use WorldCator Find Journals to get those texts so you can read them.<br />Understanding theories and identifying key texts<br />
  14. 14. How do you know when you have found everything on your topic?<br />What does it mean when your professor says there is a “gap” in your literature?<br />How would you answer these questions?<br />
  15. 15. Look through the articles you have already read. How have those authors supported their work? What theories did they use?<br />Use Dissertations & Theses (Proquest) to see if other researchers have addressed your topic.<br />Are scholars in other disciplines addressing your themes? Find their literature by selecting the relevant discipline in Find Databases.<br />Mind the gap<br />
  16. 16. Why are you conducting research?<br />How do you engage or learn from the work other scholars have done before you?<br />How can you develop a theoretical underpinning for your own research?<br />How can you ensure that you have completed a comprehensive literature review?<br />Summary<br />
  17. 17. Education – Pre K–12 Educational Leadership<br /><br />Educational Leadership: Higher Education<br /><br />For additional help:<br />