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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 discovered Encarta Dictionary WHAT IS RESEARCH

3 What?

4 Research: Creating a method Planning Investigation Discovery
Action based on facts

5 Where do I start? Identify a variety of information sources
Identify characteristics of information on the web Identify characteristics of library resources

6 Where do I go to find sources?


8 THE LIBRARY Printed materials Books Magazines Articles e-books
Online encyclopedias Electronic resources Web browsing The 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 use Organized Meant to be kept permanently Come with personal assistance

10 THE WEB Current information Library links Company information
Government information Expert and popular opinions

11 THE WEB Most 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 web Some articles are written for people who are not necessarily specialists in the topic area.

13 Journals Articles are written by scholars
Editorial board reviews articles Specific topics or narrow fields of research Periodic intervals Continued….

14 Journals Come in print format or on the web as electronic journals
Library purchases subscriptions to most journals Previous studies on your topic Bibliographies that point to other relevant research

15 Newspapers Articles daily Current events Periodicals
International, national and local events Editorials Commentaries Expert or popular opinions

16 Books Cover virtually any topic Fact or fiction
Electronic books (e-books) A lot of information on a topic Summaries of research to support an argument Usually has been seriously reviewed prior to publication

17 Encyclopedias Factual articles Background information on a topic
Find key ideas, important dates or concepts Two types of encyclopedias (general and subject)

18 Library Catalogs Identify items in the library Books, ebooks Journals
Magazines Newspapers Videos

19 IvyCat Books by title, author, or subject heading
Contains more than books Guided keyword search Journals Call numbers used to find items in the library Find information about your account (books checked out, etc.)


21 Where do I go to find Ivy Tech’s virtual library?






27 Article Databases Find articles on your topic in magazines, journals or newspapers Periodical indexes or databases Citations of articles in magazines, journals, and newspapers Some contain abstracts or brief summaries of the articles Most contain the full text Accessible from the library Web site




31 Choosing a topic

32 Broaden or narrow a topic Identify keywords for a topic
When choosing a topic Broaden or narrow a topic Identify keywords for a topic Understand the difference between keyword and subject searching Use 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.
computers cigarettes products toys liquor clothes Once you discover your keywords try branching off of them with other related words as in the diagram above.

37 Try using a diagram to brainstorm.


39 Find a quiet place away from distractions. Make sure you are comfortable.

40 Make good use of your time.
Class Times Start and end dates Deadlines L.R.C. office hours Writing Center hours

41 The Learning Resource Center (L.R.C.) For more information contact:
Hours of operation Richmond Mon.-Thurs.: 9a.m. - 7p.m. Fri.: 9a.m. - 6p.m. Sat.: 9a.m. - 12p.m. Connersville Mon.-Tues.: 9a.m. – 5p.m. Wed.- Fri. 9a.m. – 5.p.m For more information contact: Susana Dunn Phone: ext. 1188

42 To schedule an appointment or for more information contact:
Writing Center Hours of Operation Johnson Hall Room 3408 Mon.-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 you through the research process.

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