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What is Research?

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Kaetrena Kendrick

on 24 May 2017

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Under the surface
What is Research?
Is this YOUR system?
Systematic Investigation
Concept Maps
Define your topic and state your question or problem
Thesis statements
Materials & Resources
Know where your topic is on the timeline
Consult a variety of resources and formats
Keep up with where and how you access information
Establish Facts
Evaluate your resources - including websites!
Bias is your enemy.
Consider government agencies for statistics, policies, laws, or statutes.
Consult original works.
Check original citations.
Don't misuse direct quotations. Paraphrase carefully.
systematic investigation
of a topic AND the study of
materials and resources
in order to
establish facts
and reach
new conclusions.

New Conclusions
Revise and edit your work
Revisit your resources
Cite your references
Present your work
Protect and archive your final projects.
Use your social networks to ask about an idea or concept.
Consider a problem-solving perspective.
Create an outline or visual web before you begin searching.
Useful tool(s):
Use Wikipedia citations
Check article references for more items
Gather, annotate, and archive as you search
Use the Table of Contents and index (CRTL+F, too!)
Useful tech tool(s):
Can't find something? Ask a librarian
Get out of your feed. It's an echo chamber.
Facts are inarguable (but information
up for debate).
Review sources with your professor. Ask for leads.
Literature reviews provide overviews of research trends.
Consider using other media (audio, videos, infographics)
Useful tech tool(s):
Find the angle you care about and support it rationally.
Acknowledge opposing views.
Challenge long-held opinions.
Document resources as you find them.
Have someone else read your papers or read your writing out loud.
Practice your presentations at least once.
Create persistent links to your work for future portfolios.
Useful tech tool(s):
There's a lot of data out there; skills required for conversion to information
You are competing globally and with other generations.
Research is a process. Plan for it.
Tools are useful - you still need skill for maximum effect
Successful students use ALL THE SERVICES.
Manage your time
Expect setbacks
Use tech to your benefit (and wisely)
Make sure Medford librarians are part of your team.
Useful library services:
Tech tool
& database/
web search help

Book delivery
scholarship curation
study room reservations
Article borrowing (
Interlibrary Loan
Programs and
Your Faculty Librarians
Kaetrena Davis Kendrick
Rebecca Freeman
Thanks for your attention!
Consider This:
iPhone was launched in 2007.
Facebook was founded in 2004.
Twitter? 2006.
Jobs? These:
Instagram is only 5...
That's just
Making Connections
Broad Searches
Narrow Your Focus
Snapchat is 3 1/2!!!
Whisper is a mere 2 years old.
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