English 1213 Jones

General Library Tutorials

Research Strategy -- Provides steps and concepts involving the research process.
Evaluation of URLs -- Provides criteria for evaluating the quality of websites.
Citations -- How to cite most common resources using MLA and APA and discussion of plagiarism and suggestions about how to avoid it.

How is the NSU library organized?

     Physical Overview to the Library CLIP Tutorial
Library of Congress

Why do research?

Research can lead to information; information can lead to knowledge, and knowledge is powerful. All of the informational resources available originated from someone being curious about something, exploring it, and sharing the findings.

Where does information come from?

The cycle of information is an interesting one.  Research starts with an idea.  Someone becomes curious about something and wants to explore it.  Literature reviews are conducted, empirical evidence is gathered.  The researcher may wish to cross disciplinary lines and take a literary theory and apply it to another field.  The researcher writes an article.  If the article adds to the body of knowledge or presents a new concept, a journal in that discipline might be interested in publishing it. Article submissions go through a reviewing process in which multiple reviewers will read and comment on the article.  This is an example of a refereed journal article. If it passes the review process, the article is published in the journal.  Indexers read journal articles and assign subject headings to the articles and place the citation in indexes (such as MLA Bibliography).  Researchers comb indexes to find articles, and the whole cycle starts over.  This is a cycle that occurs right here at NSU.  Our faculty and students are publishing.  You can become a part of the process, too. Exciting, isn't it?

The Flow of Information (from the University System of Georgia) depicts how information about an event can be represented in different types of resources. Understanding how information is disseminated helps to know where to look and the attributes of each format.

What are some possible topics that I could explore?

What is the role of the media in an election?

How do the debates effect the outcome of the election?

What role will the young voters play in the election?/  Is GenX conservative and GenY (or Millenials) liberal?

How does the rest of the world view the candidates?

Which issues are the most important to young people, to the world, etc.?

What role does the internet play in the 2008 election?

What roles do gender and race play in the 2008 election?

How do Oklahomans differ from the rest of the country over the election?

How do college students feel about the following:  environment, economy, health care, war in Iraq, abortion, human rights, poverty, and nuclear proliferation?

How do I find general information about the election on the Internet?

Young Voters in the 2008 Presidential Primary ( Pew research study)
Young Voters Poised to Flex Voting Muscle
University of Michigan's Elections 2008
Presidential Elections in the United States:  A Primer
Reader's Digest Global Poll
CNN Election Coverage
Oklahoma General Election
Barack Obama Web Site
John McCain Web Site

Is there anything that will help me select a candidate?

Presidential Match Game
Smart Select
Vote Help

How do I find information in books?

Campaign debates
Electoral college
Election forecasting
Presidents--United States--Election--2008
Presidents--United States--Election

Television in politics

How do I find informtion in periodicals?

Academic Search Premier
Masterfile Premier
(includes Oklahoma newspapers)
Newspaper Source.

How do I determine the quality of what I find?

1. Identify authors who are outstanding in their fields, determine the credentials of the author. 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 professional association 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 source 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?

How do I get materials not available at NSU?

Interlibrary loan is available free of charge in which books and copies of articles can be borrowed from other libraries.  Allow approximately two weeks for interlibrary loan requests to be received.

How do I cite resources?

The Tutorial on Citations provides a good overview to citing resources. The M.L.A. Handbook for Writers of Research Papers is located on the first floor at the call number, Ready Ref. LB 2369.G53.  Also, try the MLA Web site.

    SophiaBeverley Threatt, MLS, MA
    Instructor of Library Services
    Languages and Literature and Communication, Art, & Theatre
    Resource Coordinator
    (918) 444-3267

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Last Updated: 08/07/2012