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Research Strategies. Vista Murrieta High School Library Mrs. Jacobs Library Media Teacher. Key Word Searching. Brainstorm words that will describe your topic Check spelling and typing Balance Information overload Information deficit. Print Use Broader terms: Environment

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Research strategies

Research Strategies

Vista Murrieta High School Library

Mrs. Jacobs

Library Media Teacher


Key word searching

Key Word Searching

  • Brainstorm words that will describe your topic

  • Check spelling and typing

  • Balance

    • Information overload

    • Information deficit


Keyword strategies

Print

Use Broader terms:

Environment

Table of Contents

Index

Global Warming

Causes

Effects

Online

More specific terms

“Going Green”

Pollution

Broaden or narrow with use of:

And

Or

Not

Air, Water, Weather

Use quotations for specific phrases

Keyword Strategies


Key word strategies

Key Word Strategies

  • Combine phrases into single or word

    • “Draw the line”limit

    • “What should be done?”solutions

    • “way of the future”alternative

    • “Should be taught”controversy

    • “How can it be changed?”solution

    • “Should continue?”ethics


Key word strategies1

Key Word Strategies

  • Look for alternative words that describe your topic

    • Civil Rightscivil disobedience

    • Atomicnuclear

    • Racial profilingrace discrimination

    • Stem cellcloning

    • AmericaUnited States

    • Illegal immigrationimmigration

    • Violent crimesviolence

  • What is the question really asking?

    • Nuclear power plantsalternative energy sources


Online encyclopedia

Online Encyclopedia

  • Welcome to Wikipedia,

  • the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.

  • 1,413,387 articles in English

  • Who is responsible for the articles on Wikipedia?

    • You are! Actually, you can even edit this very FAQ! As there are more than 2.34 million (2,340,000) other Wikipedians, this is a collaborative effort. Thousands of people have contributed information to different parts of this project, and anyone can do so, including you. All you need is to know how to edit a page, and have some encyclopedic knowledge you want to share. The encyclopedia provides users with a certain amount of freedom.


Evaluating web sites

Anyone can publish on the Web

It is “unfiltered”

Internet sources are much more fluid- the information they provide can change in an instant

Content not evaluated before posting

Focus on:

Authority

Coverage

Currency

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Accuracy

Objectivity

Intended Audience?

Evaluating Web Sites


Searching the online catalog

Searching The Online Catalog

  • E-Catalog

    • Catalog of all holdings – books, periodicals, internet sites, audiovisual

    • Search several ways

      • Author: Author’s full name

        • LAST NAME 1st

      • Title: Provides a list of all works the library has with that title

      • Subject: Produces a list of works about the subject

      • Keyword: looks for individual words regardless of their location in a name, title, or subject heading.

      • Boolean: Using “and”, “or”, “not” to refine search


Periodical research

Periodical Research

  • What is a Periodical?

  • Something that is printed on a regular basis

    • Monthly or weekly magazines

    • Daily newspapers


Types of periodicals

Popular

People

US Weekly

Sports Illustrated

Car and Driver

Scholarly

English Journal

Scientific American

U.S. News and World Report

Types of Periodicals


Online database vs google

Online Database vs. Google


Database comparison

DATABASE COMPARISON


Full text databases

Full Text Databases

  • EBSCO

    • Articles from periodicals

      • Newspapers- 200 United States and International

        • New York Times

        • Wall Street Journal

      • Magazines – 2000

        • Time

        • Newsweek

      • Scholarly Journals – over 3000 journals

        • Oxford University Press

        • Cambridge University Press


Access ebsco

Access EBSCO

  • Internet

    • Web Address: http://search.ebscohost.com

    • User ID: vmhs

    • Password: bronco

  • Find login information:

    • Library Brochure

    • Link on Library Web Page (password concealed, click and drag mouse)


Sirs online database

SIRS Online Database

  • http://www.proquestk12.com/

  • Researcher is a highly acclaimed reference resource containing thousands of full-text articles—many accompanied by charts, maps, photos, diagrams, and illustrations—exploring current and enduring topics. 


E books

E-Books

  • Quality Reference Books Online – accessible to unlimited number of students at one time

    • Arts and Humanities Through the Eras, Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion, History Behind the Headlines, St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, and Science and Its Times: Understanding the Social Significance of Scientific Discovery, Encyclopedia of Religion, Encyclopedia of World Biography, American Decades, American Decade Primary Sources, Dictionary of American History, Encyclopedia of Food and Culture, Major 21st Century Writers, Countries and their Cultures, Gale Encyclopedia of Science and Encyclopedia of Bioethics.


E books access

E-BOOKS - ACCESS

  • http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/murr50533

  • Location ID: murr50533

  • Password: bronco

  • Find login information:

    • Library Brochure

    • Link on Library Web Page (password concealed, click and drag mouse)


Citation magazine

CITATION: MAGAZINE

  • Author’s Last Name, First Name __________________________________.

  • Title of Article “_____________________”

  • Name of Magazine___________________.

  • Date of Magazine____________________:

  • Pages_________. for example: 57-59


Online citation resources

Online Citation Resources

  • http://www.easybib.com/

  • http://www.noodletools.com/login.php


Vmhs library web page

VMHS Library Web Page

  • Resources, Links, News, Upcoming Events, MLA


Works cited

Works Cited

  • Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writersof Research Papers. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2003.


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