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Library Workshop: Research 101

Unsure how to start a paper or research project? Think maybe you could stand to brush up ostudent with laptopn search strategies?

If this sounds familiar, Library Workshop: Research 101 has you covered. This interactive tutorial explores six stages of the research process. You can view it from start to finish, or focus on specific sections as needed:

1: Begin Your Research

Starting strategies, from choosing a topic to finding the right keywords.

2: Knowledge Cycle

The publication timeline, scholarly vs. popular sources, and differences in academic disciplines.

3: Finding Books

Search for books and other items in OskiCat, Cal's local library catalog.

4: Finding Articles

Locate and access articles in library research databases.

5: Make Citations

How to cite your sources correctly.

6: Basic Search

Common techniques for constructing searches that yield useful results.

7: Advanced Search

Specialized search strategies for targeting specific topics.

Background Information - Reference Sources

For background information about your topic, or to look up facts, dates, terminology, or biographical information, look for reference sources.

Online:  Library home > Electronic Resources > Electronic Resources:  Types A-Z > select a type (atlases, biographical information, dictionaries, encyclopedias, image databases, etc.)

Printed reference sources:

Search OskiCat:

african american* encyclopedias
harlem renaissance encyclopedias
harlem renaissance dictionaries
jazz encyclopedias

or ask for research assistance.

Brainstorming Academic Disciplines

Example:

Topic:  Image of African American women in advertising

potentially relevant disciplines:

African American Studies
Gender and Women's Studies
Ethnic Studies
Media Studies
Psychology
Sociology
Business
etc.

 

Keywords

Developing appropriate keywords/search terms is an essential part of research.  First, break your topic into components.  Develop a list of synonyms and alternative terminology for each component.  Think about broader and narrower concepts and word variants.  What words can you exclude?

Topic: Image of African American Women in Advertising

Image(s) African American(s) Women Advertising/Advertisement(s)
Stereotyp* Black(s) Gender media
Depiction(s) minority/minorities    
Portrayal(s)      
(etc.)      

Remember to be creative with your terminology!  More examples:

people of color and environmental activism*
environmental justice
environmental justice and hazardous waste*
environmental equity
environmental discrimination
environmental racism
environmental injustice

 

Last Update: August 29, 2012 17:09