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Starting Research

Introduction to Library Research for ENGL 1101

Rhonda Armstrong

on 28 January 2013

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Transcript of Starting Research

Where do I start?
Finding information
Print resources
Electronic resources
Finding books
Finding journals
Finding other documents
Electronic journals: browse the list
Print journals: search through GIL
Government documents
Special collections
Finding scholarly materials
Doing smart searches
Limit searches to specific sites
or types of sites
On Google, for example,
you can use the site:.edu function to
search only educational institutions'
web sites.
Use appropriate keywords
Learn to evaluate sites
and their information
Evaluating sources
Allows you to find any book
and locate the nearest library
Google Books
Allows you to search inside
selected books
Google Scholar
Allows you to search only
for scholarly materials
Finding general information
The easiest and most thorough way
to search for scholarly materials is
through the library.
Search the electronic databases
Search smart:
Use appropriate keywords
Know how the search engine interprets your terms.
Limit your search appropriately
Search only peer-reviewed journals
Search only books
Omit dissertations
Search only full-text
Use fields wisely
Search by author
Search by subject
Search by journal
Search by keyword
Make use of subject headings and the "narrow your search" options
Evaluating book catalog entries
Date of publication
Subject matter
Evaluating Article Database Entries
Brief description (perhaps abstract) or subject headings
Name of periodical
Is it scholarly?
Who publishes it?
Is it peer reviewed?
Evaluating Search Engine Entries
Title, keyword, lead-in text
Site’s sponsor or purpose
After you click
Is there an author?
Can you tell whether the author is credible?
Who sponsors or publishes this site?
What does the domain name tell you?
Why was this site created?
Who is the site’s intended audience?
How current is this site?
Is there an author?
Listed on the page
Listed in the credits
Identified in the URL
Can you tell whether the author is credible?
Do some independent research
Look at the URL
Who sponsors it?
Listed in the credits
Identified in URL
What is the domain name?
.edu; .org; .gov; .net; .com
Why was it created?
Who is the audience
How credible is this information?
Up to date
Links work
Date of last revision
Information current when compared to other research
Information accurate
Compare to other research
Is it professionally presented?
Reading with an open mind
and a critical eye

Distinguish between primary and secondary sources
Primary sources are first-hand accounts
Newspaper accounts
Literary texts and artworks
Secondary sources analyze and interpret primary sources
Annotated or edited editions
Scholarly books and articles

Be alert for signs of bias
Does the author or publisher have political leanings or religious views that could affect objectivity?
Is the author or publisher associated with a special interest group that might view one side of an issue more favorably?
How fairly does the author treat opposing views?
Does the author’s language show signs of bias?
Assess the quality of the author’s arguments
What is the thesis?
Is the thesis supported with relevant and sufficient evidence, or does it rely solely on emotional appeals or a few anecdotes?
Are statistics accurate and have they been used fairly?
Are any of the author’s assumptions questionable?
Does the author consider opposing arguments and provide persuasive refutation?
Consider the author
The more sources you look at,
the better able you are
to evaluate each source.

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