Published on February 5, 2014
Research and Information Literacy ENG 216 Professor Susan Acampora Session 3: Developing Research Questions Identifying Search Terms Related to Your Subjects Finding Books and Media Creating a Working Bibliography
Developing a Well-Constructed Question The Foundation For Your Research
1. The Pre-Test Question: Which of the following should not be included in a well-formed reference question? * All relevant subjects related to your topic The format of the resources needed (books, articles?) The type of research preferred (scholarly, popular, trade?) A broad subject category related to the topic YOUR QUESTION SHOULD BE CLEARLY AND NARROWLY DEFINED!
The Reference/Research Question How can this question be better constructed? I need information on art therapy and the elderly? What’s missing?
Remember : ..to include all major subject variables in … in what format do you want the information? your thesis statement Print, electronic, media Journal Articles …identify the type of Research you seek Scholarly Books Popular Websites Trade-based …And whether you want Are there any additional requirements from your instructor (Primary) An original work (a novel a scientific study) (Secondary) Literary Criticism or an analytical essay or article (Tertiary) A general handbook, encyclopedia, a particular database Publication Date Range (last ten years) Peer-Reviewed Journal The use of a particular database
An example of a well-constructed reference/ research question Could you help me find scholarly, print or electronic articles, published in peer-reviewed journals within the last 15 years that discuss the use of art therapy with depressed elderly hospital patients? This will give you and the librarian a clear picture of what you need and how to proceed in researching your subject.
In-Class Exercise See Handout Part 1: Using one of your thesis statements developed in Session 2 create a well-constructed a research/reference question to ask a librarian or to use yourself as you organize your research strategy. Example of Poor Question: I need information on art therapy. REMEMBER: Be specific and detailed as to what exactly you want to find! Write Your Question Here:
REMEMBER Your question is now designed to orient you and the librarian to find the appropriate information related to your thesis and your academic purposes. THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT EVERY RESOURCE THAT YOU FIND MUST CONTAIN ALL ELEMENTS OF YOUR QUESTION. Even materials that are somewhat related to your topic may be useful to the development of your position!
Identifying Search Terms
Finding Related Search Terms In Session 2 , to find related terminology we explored Encore, The classic Library catalog, Online database subject directories, Discussion lists, Internet keyword searches
Pre Test Question: The most effective database to use to find reliable information on Brown vs Board of Education is: * Google Wikipedia CREDO e-books CREDO is a multidisciplinary Reference Resource
Tertiary sources (compile other sources) For example: Encyclopedias, Handbooks, Guidebooks Help students • find related terminology • locate other resources • start their research Today there is also CREDO: CREDO is a multidisciplinary encyclopedia of encyclopedias!
CREDO REFERENCE An Online Tertiary Resource of Tertiary and Secondary Sources Credo (formerly xrefer or Credo Reference) Began in 1999 A subscription database available at Gill Library Full-text online versions 1200 published reference works General and subject dictionaries and encyclopedias Links between reference works and links to Gill Library Topic Pages Mind Mapping Tool
Identifying Search Terms
Finding Books and Media
Practice Searching and Borrowing Books and Media Using the Library Catalogs and InterLibrary or InterCampus Loans! Library Catalog Find a book or Video or DVD Request it at your home library Find a book or Video or DVD Request it through Intercampus Loan
More Books…. Use Other Libraries NYPL Library of Congress WORLDCAT Find a book that Gill Library does not own to borrow through Interlibrary loan
Even more ways to find books…. Using Amazon and Google Books with the Library Catalog and WorldCat You may suggest that Gill Library purchase a book You need to be registered in the Catalog with a valid bar code or unique ID number Search The Internet Archive for classic texts in the public domain Including The Archive, Project Gutenberg, Open Library
The Internet Archive Free Digitized Texts Classics – Public Domain
Project Gutenberg began in 1971 by Michael Hart as a community project to make plain text versions of books available freely to all!
Classics – Public Domain – Frankenstein Download Or View online Texts Media Audio books Video clips
The Working Bibliography
Organizing your Research Notetaking and The Working Bibliography Great note taking tool to help you organize your research and sources Stores information you will need later to cite your sources Enables you to store key points of the resource And a place to record your responses to key points Quick reference when you need to locate a source, a quote, a page
THE WORKING BIBLIOGRAPHY For excellent templates visit: Waterloo Region District School Board Library Learning Commons
HOMEWORK Take two books out of the library A Primary Source (For example: A Literary Work such as a Novel) A Secondary Source (For example: A book of essays or an analytical work on a Social Sciences topic of your choosing) Fill out a working bibliography for each book
See Website: Session 3 for Reading Homework http://libraryguides.cnr.edu/RILSA
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