Library Workshop: Research 101
Unsure how to start a paper or research project? Think maybe you could stand to brush up on 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:
Starting strategies, from choosing a topic to finding the right keywords.
The publication timeline, scholarly vs. popular sources, and differences in academic disciplines.
Search for books and other items in OskiCat, Cal's local library catalog.
Locate and access articles in library research databases.
How to cite your sources correctly.
Common techniques for constructing searches that yield useful results.
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:
african american* encyclopedias
harlem renaissance encyclopedias
harlem renaissance dictionaries
or ask for research assistance.
Brainstorming Academic Disciplines
Topic: Image of African American women in advertising
potentially relevant disciplines:
African American Studies
Gender and Women's Studies
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
Remember to be creative with your terminology! More examples:
people of color and environmental activism*
environmental justice and hazardous waste*