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1 BUS 360: BUSINESS COMMUNICATION SPRING 2013 Andrea Cameron Business Librarian, SFU Surrey

2 THE RESEARCH PROCESS: a)Choose a research question b)Think of some sub-questions c)Identify likely publishers d)Search and cycle your search e)Evaluate your results f)Write your report


4 SCHOLARLY VS. POPULAR PUBLICATIONS REVIEW: Which is scholarly? How do you know?

5 INFORMATION QUALITY For your report, you may have difficulty finding useful scholarly articles, so you will have to evaluate every fact and opinion that you find. What are some of the characteristics you will look for in any type of information?

6 INFORMATION QUALITY: THE 3 RS Reliability Is the source credible? Recency How current is the information? Relevance Does it apply to your topic?

7 RELIABILITY When you cite a scholarly article, you seldom need to evaluate the articles reliability. The peer review process does most of the work for you. All types of sources Documentation = Bibliography + methodology Authority = Author info Completeness = Length Purpose = Language + images

8 RELEVANCE Transferability: How well does the information you've found transfer to your case? Geography Example: Is the study youve found from Japan still relevant to your topic? Industry Example: Is the industry you have found information for relevant to the one you are focusing on? Scalability: How well does the scale of the information youve found apply to your case? Example: Is information about Starbucks relevant to a small coffee shop in Surrey?

9 INFORMATION QUALITY Remember: Decisions will be made based on the report and recommendations that you deliver. You might not find many facts/opinions that meet the 3Rs perfectly. Try to anticipate (and answer) the questions that your audience will have about the information youve included. If you notice something, assume that they will notice it. If its relevant, briefly explain your rationale for including it.

10 EVALUATING AN ARTICLE EXCERPT Evaluate the reliability (including the authority, documentation, completeness, and purpose) of the article on the back of your handout, For office romance…



13 APA GUIDES AND PLAGIARISM TUTORIAL APA guides Plagiarism tutorial

14 AVOIDING PLAGIARISM If you include any ideas or sentences in your paper that come from elsewhere (e.g., articles, books, websites), you need to acknowledge those sources. Citing a document incorrectly is always better than not citing it. Leave yourself time to cite your sources.

15 WRITING AND AVOIDING PLAGIARISM If you dont know how to correctly cite a document, feel free to ask a librarian for help. If you want help with writing/structuring your paper or quoting/paraphrasing documents, see the Student Learning Commons.Student Learning Commons Workshops One-to-one appointments Drop-in consultations


17 BUS 360 WIKI





22 GETTING HELP Ask anyone at the reference desk in any of the three campus libraries Use our Ask a Librarian services (via the Library home page) to contact a librarian (by phone, IM, , text).Ask a Librarian Contact : Andrea Cameron Class? Due Date? Where have you searched? How have you searched? Found anything close to what you need?

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