English 1213 Suse
Library CLIP Tutorials
English Comp 1213:
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 how to avoid plagiarism.
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,
sharing the findings.
How is information organized and from where do articles originate?
The cycle of information is an interesting one. Research starts
with an idea. Someone becomes curious about something and wants
explore it. Literature reviews are conducted, empirical evidence
gathered. The researcher may wish to cross disciplinary lines and
take a literary theory and apply it to another field. The
writes an article. If the article adds to the body of knowledge
presents a new concept, a journal in that discipline might be
in publishing it. Article submissions go through a reviewing process in
which multiple reviewers will read and comment on the article.
is an example of a refereed journal article. If it passes the review
the article is published in the journal. Indexers read journal
and assign subject headings to the articles and place the citation in
(such as MLA Bibliography). Researchers comb indexes to
articles, and the whole cycle starts over. This is a cycle that
right here at NSU. Our faculty and students are publishing.
can become a part of the process, too. Exciting, isn't it?
The Flow of Information (from the UCLA College Library and NWACC) 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.
How is the NSU library organized?
|Books||Shows trends, gives history of topic, provides definitions, theories||Library Catalog
|Journals||Covers current research on scholarly topics||Academic
Subject List of Databases
|Magazines||Report on popular topics, news||Masterfile Premier|
For Oklahoma topics, use Newsbank
|Report on popular topics, news||Newspaper
Source, NewsBank Newsfile
New York Times
||Publications on all topics prepared by federal and state agencies.||Marcive
Occupational Outlook Handbook
NSU Government Publications
|Audio Visual||Graphic representation of topic||Library Catalog|
|Internet||Provides quick, full text information, especially on current topics.||Evaluation of URLs Tutorial (see above)|
|Interviews||Provides a personal account of a topic||In-person or through e-mail|
Keyword vs. controlled vocabulary, boolean logic
Research Strategies CLIP Tutorial
Locating Internet resources
Assess the quality of the Web sites listed below:
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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?
Critically assessing sources
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?
Researching literary topics
When researching literary topics, see the Literary Criticism page.
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 empowering.
How do I cite sources using M.L.A. style?
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.
How do I find these library resources through the Web?
Many of the resources listed above are available through the John Vaughan Library Home Page.
With an NT password and userid, these resources may be used from
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Last Updated: 08/07/2012