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  1. 1. SOC 101 – Brian Brutlag<br />Stephanie Wells, Librarian<br />CONQUER THE WORLD THROUGH RESEARCH<br />
  2. 2. Today you will learn how to…<br />Find books and journal articles.<br />Develop strategies for narrowing your topic.<br />Use advanced search strategies in ProQuest Research Library to find scholarly journal articles on your topic.<br />
  3. 3. Research Sources<br />SEARCH TOOL:<br />LIBRARY CATALOG<br />ENCYCLOPEDIAS<br />Provide short entries/articles for an overview of the topic and its main <br />ideas .<br />SEARCH TOOL:<br />PERIODICAL DATABASE<br />BOOKS<br />Give more information for an in-depth exploration of one or more aspects of the topic.<br />(Example: Case study books, textbooks)<br />JOURNAL ARTICLES<br />Lengthy scholarly research studies on an extremely focused aspect of a subject.<br />
  4. 4. Research Sources<br />SEARCH TOOL:<br />PERIODICAL DATABASE<br />NEWSPAPER ARTICLES<br />Very brief news reports that focus on current events or topics currently in the news. <br />MAGAZINE ARTICLES<br />As short as encyclopedia articles, but instead of an overview, magazines narrow the focus to one or two specific aspects of a topic. <br />
  5. 5. Two Search Tools to Find Good Sources<br />PROQUEST <br />RESEARCH LIBRARY<br />(Journal Articles)<br />LIBRARY CATALOG<br />(Books)<br />
  6. 6. Start research from the library webpage<br />FIND BOOKS<br />FIND JOURNAL, MAGAZINE, AND NEWSPAPER ARTICLES<br />
  7. 7. From off-campus, use AccessRIO<br />
  8. 8. First, Create A Good Search Strategy<br />Narrow your topic to one manageable issue<br />The words are key: create a good keyword search strategy<br />
  9. 9. Good Beginning Question<br />Pornography<br />“What effects does pornography have on male and female identity?”<br />Research requirements:<br />Find some articles on this topic and refine the question.<br /> Characteristics:<br />Debatable.<br />Plausible.<br />Consequential.<br />
  10. 10. Excellent Narrowed Topic<br />Class Inequality<br />“How does social class affect the quality of education in high schools (in California)?”<br />Characteristics:<br />Debatable: does class play a role at all?<br />Plausible: schools in lower-income areas have fewer graduates and fewer students pursuing college<br />Consequential: whether one has access to a good education affects the health of both the individual, his/her family, community, and also the health of the global community.<br />
  11. 11. Narrow Your Topic<br />What factors are associated with the rise of divorce?<br />Cohabitation and the well-being of children involved.<br />Most topics are too ambitious.<br />Select ONE compelling aspect of your topic, and focus on that aspect only.<br />
  12. 12. How to narrow your topic: two steps<br />1. Read an article in a subject encyclopedia.<br />e.g., Encyclopedia of Race and Racism<br />2. Ask a question about your issue. Your answer will form your thesis statement, and the evidence will form your paper or speech:<br /> Topic: Race in the entertainment industry<br /> Narrowed Research Question:How does the entertainment industry contribute to racial and ethnic stereotypes in society?<br />
  13. 13. Come up with keywords<br />1. What is my issue?<br />Example: Race in the entertainment industry<br />What do I want to know?<br />How does the entertainment industry contribute to racial and ethnic stereotypes in society?<br />What are the main words in the question?<br /> entertainment industry racial ethnic stereotypes <br />
  14. 14. Construct a keyword search<br />4. What are other forms of my keywords?<br />(racial OR ethnic)<br />“entertainment<br />industry”<br />stereotyp*<br />SIMILAR & RELATED TERMS<br />Find ALL related resources<br />PHRASE SEARCHING<br />Use “quotation marks” around common phrases<br />TRUNCATION<br />Searches for all words with the same stem<br />(stereotype, stereotyping)<br />
  15. 15. A Good Keyword Search Saves Time<br />Put your keywords together and use them to search both periodical databases and internet search engines:<br />
  16. 16. Scholarly Journal Articles<br />What is a scholarly journal?<br />How can you tell if you have found a scholarly journal article?<br />
  17. 17. Activity: Narrow Your Topic and Search ProQuest<br />If you haven’t sufficiently narrowed your topic, use Gale Virtual Reference or an encyclopedia to find an article on your topic. Read it and write a narrowed research question.<br />Test various keyword search combinationsin ProQuest Research Library. <br />
  18. 18. Thank you for visiting<br />The Rio Hondo College Library!<br />RESEARCH GUIDE FOR SOC 101<br /><br />Stephanie Wells <br /><br />QUESTIONS? 562-908-3484<br />