English 1213 Honors
Why do research?
Research can lead to information; information can lead to knowledge, and
knowledge is powerful.
How is the NSU library organized?
Browse periodicals, professional web sites. Look for suggestions of needs
for further research.Within a specific discipline, what doesn't make sense
or what interests you? Check for Calls
for Papers in professional journals. Read, read, read. Watch the news
and read the newspaper to determine current issues and events. As you read,
narrow your topic.Ways to narrow a topic include geographically, by date,
by specific interest group, by issue.Do cross disciplinary studies. Explore
personal interests or topics within a major. For instance, if you are interested
in photography explore the role of the photojournalists during war. Are
there any controversial issues concerning this topic?
Critically assessing sources
1. Identify authors who are outstanding in their fields, determine the
credentials of theauthor. Does the author have a degree in the field, is
the author a professor?
2. Date of publication--is it recent? On Web pages, do the links work?
3. Does the publisher have a good reputation? Is it published by a professionalassociation or university press? Is the journal refereed? On Web pages, check the domain (.edu is educational, .gov is government, .com is commercial, .net is network, .org is organizational)
4. How was the resource received by the critics?
5. Completeness of the material. Does the sourece have an index, bibliography?
6. Is the language slanted or biased?
7. Does it include well known facts or research studies? Is the information complete, accurate, objective?
8. What is the purpose of the resource? Is it for the general public, children, scholars? Is the goal to market persuade, educate?
Keyword vs. controlled vocabulary, boolean
Locating book resources
Locating periodical resources
Locating Internet resources
Assess the quality of the Web sites listed below:
Feline Reactions to Bearded Men
The True but Little Known Facts about Women with Aids with Documentation
Am I done yet?
Have you tried, books, magazines, journals, newspapers, government publications, Internet sources, interviews, audio visuals? If not, you aren't done! Remember, research is fun.
SophiaBeverley Threatt, MLS, MA
Instructor of Library Services
Languages and Literature and Communication, Art, & Theatre
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