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The Research Process A+ Step Four: Present Step Three: Analyze and Evaulate Step Two: Find Information Step One: Identify and Articulate
Step One • Determine the nature and extent of information needed…
What do I need? • Books • Articles • Government Reports • Statistics • Technical Reports • Conference Papers • Standards
What Topic? • Hybrid cars • Serial robots • Fuel cells
Google Scholar: hybrid cars http://scholar.google.ca
129,000 hits! Physics Patents Economics Energy
Technical History, background, overview Hybrid cars Marketing Environment Fuel savings emissions
Use a TRUSTED SOURCE to get an overview… reference book introductory textbook edited/trusted website Why NOT a wiki?
Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/05/07/2562940.htm See also:http://oncampus.macleans.ca/education/2009/05/11/irish-student-dupes-media-with-wikipedia/
How do they save fuel? What technologies impact on fuel savings? What research has been done?
components Powertrain design Technical History, background, overview Hybrid cars Marketing Environment Economic Fuel savings emissions
So What? • Draft your THESIS STATEMENT • “Further research should be done to optimize fuel savings in hybrid cars so that environmental gains can be realized.”
Step Two • Access information effectively and efficiently….
Where to go? • Google/Internet? • Google Scholar • What happens when Google or other search engines are insufficient or not helpful for your topic?
What have I found? How do I get the full text?
About Google Scholar • Ensure your preferences are set to include the UOIT Library. • Allows you to look up full text of articles in our databases • Will link to our library catalogue to look up books
2. Be sure to Save • Find the UOIT Library and check the checkbox • “Find It@UOIT”
Library Databases • Library catalogue (books, ebooks, videos, government documents) • Article databases (journal articles, book reviews, etc.) • Statistical databases • Government information databases
Quick Search Area • Subject Guides
Library Catalogue • 50-100 words to describe each book • How many pages does a book typically have? • Search fields: • Title • Author • Publisher • Subject terms • We are NOT searching (usually): • Chapter titles • Summaries • Contents
Library Databases do not use the same language as Google! • Need to use Boolean Searching…
Translating a Google Search • Google: hybrid cars fuel savings • Library: hybrid cars AND fuel savings • Better Library Search: Hybrid cars or hybrid vehicles AND fuel AND saving* or efficienc*