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Research

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Meghan Rose

on 3 October 2013

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Transcript of Research

Research: It's a Journey
Have a Plan
The Internet
Books
Articles in Databases
Information from Websites
Good for:
Statistical information
Information about companies/organizations
Some research/case studies
What to look for:
Domain suffix: .gov, .edu, .org
Cited information
Plentiful information about who wrote it and when

Information from Websites
The ABCs of Website Evaluation
A
Authority & Affiliation
B
Balance & Bias
C
Currency
Look beyond the title
Summary
Table of Contents
Index
Find similar books using subject headings or "more like it" button
Go broad or search related topics to pull information applicable to your argument
Book Search Tips
Scholarly Articles
Articles are reviewed by experts in a field and given a stamp of approval
Develop a Research Question
Turn general topic statement into a question
Very Broad: Drugs and alcohol
Less Broad: Drug and alcohol abuse
Useful topic: Drug and alcohol abuse as a cause of unemployment

Research question: Is drug and alcohol abuse more likely to cause unemployment?

Free
&
Fee
Is all the good stuff free?
TONS of information
{Below the surface}
Disorganized
Unknown reliability and accuracy
Use short, findable phrases or single words – bring out those keywords
Connect keywords with AND or OR, or separate out on different lines.
The results list often has ways to limit searches

Tips
Always read the abstract before finding full text.
Databases are not smart. They only give you back exactly what you put in.
Keep trying different combinations of keywords/limiters
Need help? Just ask
More Tips
Need Help?
Don't be a stranger!
Call
Text
Visit
Questions should be specific, not too broad!
Is
drug
and
alcohol
abuse more likely to cause
unemployment
?
Drug Abuse
Unemployment
Come up with keywords
Alcohol Abuse
Drug addiction

Substance abuse
Alcoholism
Substance Abuse
Employment
Job Loss
Find more information and tools for evaluating sources at:
http://guides.matc.edu/evaluate
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