2 Research: methodical investigation into a subject in order to discover facts, to establish or revise a theory, or to develop a plan of action based on the facts discoveredEncarta DictionaryWHAT IS RESEARCH
8 THE LIBRARY Printed materials Books Magazines Articles e-books Online encyclopediasElectronic resourcesWeb browsingThe library usually provides useful information for academic research and is an environment conducive to studying.
9 Library resources Go through a review process Free or discounted for your useOrganizedMeant to be kept permanentlyCome with personal assistance
10 THE WEB Current information Library links Company information Government informationExpert and popular opinions
11 THE WEBMost information on the web does not go through a review process.Some information on the web is not free.Information on the web is not organized.Most information on the web is not comprehensive.Most information on the web is not permanent.
12 Magazines Articles Popular interest Current events Periodicals Found at newsstands, libraries, and the webSome articles are written for people who are not necessarily specialists in the topic area.
13 Journals Articles are written by scholars Editorial board reviews articlesSpecific topics or narrow fields of researchPeriodic intervalsContinued….
14 Journals Come in print format or on the web as electronic journals Library purchases subscriptions to most journalsPrevious studies on your topicBibliographies that point to other relevant research
15 Newspapers Articles daily Current events Periodicals International, national and local eventsEditorialsCommentariesExpert or popular opinions
16 Books Cover virtually any topic Fact or fiction Electronic books (e-books)A lot of information on a topicSummaries of research to support an argumentUsually has been seriously reviewed prior to publication
17 Encyclopedias Factual articles Background information on a topic Find key ideas, important dates or conceptsTwo types of encyclopedias(general and subject)
18 Library Catalogs Identify items in the library Books, ebooks Journals MagazinesNewspapersVideos
19 IvyCat Books by title, author, or subject heading Contains more than booksGuided keyword searchJournalsCall numbers used to find items in the libraryFind information about your account (books checked out, etc.)
27 Article DatabasesFind articles on your topic in magazines, journals or newspapersPeriodical indexes or databasesCitations of articles in magazines, journals, and newspapersSome contain abstracts or brief summaries of the articlesMost contain the full textAccessible from the library Web site
32 Broaden or narrow a topic Identify keywords for a topic When choosing a topicBroaden or narrow a topicIdentify keywords for a topicUnderstand the difference between keyword and subject searchingUse connectors and truncation in constructing a search
33 When broadening or narrowing a topic ask yourself …. Who? What? When? Where?Why?How?How often?To what extent?
34 You may also ask yourself… What am I trying to find out?What will my research prove?What answer am I searching for?
35 Write out your topic as a sentence or a question. Example: How do advertisers market their products to women?Notice the keywords in green.
36 If your subject is marketing then a keyword might be products. computerscigarettesproductstoysliquorclothesOnce you discover your keywords try branching off of them with other related words as in the diagram above.
38 DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU! PLAN AHEADCREATE A STRATEGYDON’T PROCRASTINATE
39 Find a quiet placeaway from distractions.Make sure you arecomfortable.
40 Make good use of your time. Class TimesStart and end datesDeadlinesL.R.C. office hoursWriting Center hours
41 The Learning Resource Center (L.R.C.) For more information contact: Hours of operationRichmondMon.-Thurs.: 9a.m. - 7p.m.Fri.: 9a.m. - 6p.m.Sat.: 9a.m. - 12p.m.ConnersvilleMon.-Tues.: 9a.m. – 5p.m.Wed.- Fri. 9a.m. – 5.p.mFor more information contact:Susana DunnPhone: ext. 1188
42 To schedule an appointment or for more information contact: Writing CenterHours of OperationJohnson HallRoom 3408Mon.-Thurs.: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.Students with appointments are given priority, but walk-ins are welcome!To schedule an appointment or for more information contact:Phone: ext. 3408
43 Now you know what to know and where to go! Remember what you’ve learned and let it guide youthrough the research process.