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Tips, Tricks, and Hacks
Amanda Richardson 23 August 2012
Transcript of Tips, Tricks, and Hacks
Tips, Tricks, and Hacks for conducting Research
How to use Google, Wikipedia, and the Library
Choosing A Topic
Use the Library
Your School, Public, or a University's
Find an interesting topic
Make 'note' cards
Read up on it
Skim books, journals, websites, etc
Google scholar is great for this
Use only one source
Use only the same sort of sources
Use a friends old research paper
Wait until the last minute
Get a feel for the topic
Start your Work Cited
Use it to write the whole paper
Sources you probably didn't know you had:
You may not realize that you need a Master's Degree to be a Librarian.
We are here to help you! So come ask us questions!
Prepping Your Paper
" " Include all words in search
AND Search both terms
OR Search either term
* Fill in the blank,
- Don't include this term
+ Include term (Fish +and chips)
... Search a range, 1960...1980
( ) Search a term then one OR another keyword
ex: lemonade (raspberry OR strawberry)
filetype: .doc, .exe, .pdf, .mp4, .avi
intitle: Search within page title
related: Find related sites
define: Turns Google search bar into a dictionary
Make an outline
Use your note cards
The Red numbers can be a paragraph, a page, a chapter.
Add bullet points to your supporting Ideas and further narrow the topic.
Main Idea 1:
Main Idea 2:
Main Idea 3:
Video Games & Gender Roles
Changing Gender Balance
Quick overview of the 3 main ideas you chose
Briefly remind the reader of what you wrote about and what your conclusion was
“Take my girlfriend for instance: I buy mostly combat/fighting games, which she doesn’t really care for. But, I have a game called “Donkey Kong Country” that she just loves to play. So most of the time we sit there like “I want to play Mortal Kombat” and she answers “How about Donkey Kong?” I think that it’s not so much video games that girls/women don’t want to play, it’s the kinds of games they want to play that make the difference. -Pg. 8-9
Cassell, J, & Jenkins, H. (Eds.). (1998). From barbie to mortal kombat: Gender and computer games. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.
Citing your Work: APA
What this means for society
Solipsistic: Self centered
These are all the tricks that I have used as an undergrad/graduate student. They have worked great for me and I hope they work just as well for you.
Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Location: Publisher.
Basic book format
Where to look for more info
Don't try to write the paper in all one go. Take short breaks between each step to clear your mind.
In text citation
Cassell and Jenkins (1998) state that “although boys and girls can be equally skilled at using computers and computer games, boys are more likely than girls to choose to play with them” (p. 14).
“[A]lthough boys and girls can be equally skilled at using computers and computer games, boys are more likely than girls to choose to play with them” (Cassell & Jenkins, 1998, p. 14).