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How to Research

A guide explaining, step-by-step, how to find resources for an assignment

Elizabeth Henry

on 31 August 2011

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Do you understand your topic? Yes? No? Then write out your topic in a simple sentence or two. Ask for help Who? A Librarian Your teacher Your teacher is the best person to ask for help. After all, they gave you the assignment and they want you to do well Not sure? Remember: Both librarians and teachers are more than happy to help. We want you to SUCCEED, not fail. Do some preliminary
research Get some more information
about the topic that you're thinking about from:
Encyclopedias The Gallaudet Library has: Again- Please feel free to ask a librarian for help We want to help Resources Okay, now that you know your topic... let the seach begin... Keywords Seriously Why determine keywords? You'll save yourself a LOT of time And a heck of an headache If you don't select keywords then... Do you know your keywords?? You get a long list of results If you DO select keywords then... You get a shorter list of results Your results are more relevant Your results are not related to your topic Psst... Use AND in your searches Psychology Trauma Psychology
Trauma Trust me, AND can help a lot Now back to the search for resources Evaluate Citation Topics Now... where to look? Your library's catalog Databases offered by your library Last resort: The Internet Gallaudet: http://library.gallaudet.edu/ Gallaudet - Start with:
EBSCOhost: Academic Search Complete
ProQuest Research Library

…and there's many more to check out Now that you've got your resources, it's time to... CRAP... How recent is the information?
How recently has the website been updated?
Is it current enough for your topic? Currency: What kind of information is included in the resource?
Is the content of the resource primarily opinion? Is the opinion balanced?
Does the creator provide references or resources for data or quotations? Reliability: Accountability: Who is the creator or author?
What are their credentials?
Who is the publisher or sponsor?
Are they reputable?
What is the publisher's interest (if any) in this information?
Are there advertisements on the website? Purpose/Point of View Is this fact or opinion?
Is the creator/author trying to sell you something?
Is it biased? How? By using... C - currency
R - reliability
A - authority
P- purpose/point of view NOTE: Evaluating your resources occur WHILE you read. Not afterwards Cite your sources ...ALL the time. Don't wait until the end Really, don't. Types of citation: MLA style for English and the Humanities http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ APA style for Psychology, Business and Health http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/717/01/ Chicago style for History Citation Tools Don't forget to take advantage of your library's citation tools RefWorks: HINT: Cite while you write your paper. You'll save yourself a headache. Stressing out?
Freaking out?
Not sure where to start? The result? Here's a guide on how to search, find, evaluate and cite resources you need for your assignment Ipl2: http://ipl.org/
Fact Check: http://www.factcheck.org/
Find articles: http://findarticles.com/
World of Science: http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/

...and many more. Remember to evaluate each website. by Marcelo Gerpe, located at: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/670491 By Satendra Mhatre, located at: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1068015 By Svilen Milev, located at: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1197499 http://www.zotero.org/ Zotero: An excellent citation tool, one that is integrated with the library's databases and will help you create a list of works cited for your assignment.
http://www.aladin.wrlc.org/Z-WEB/Aladin?req=db&key=WRL06785GA Now that you've found your resources and evaluated them, it's time to think about... Credo Reference http://www.aladin.wrlc.org/Z-WEB/Aladin?req=db&key=WRL07166GA Encyclopedia Britannicahttp://www.aladin.wrlc.org/Z-WEB/Aladin?req=db&key=EBO t
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