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Research. WHAT TO KNOW AND WHERE TO GO. Research: methodical investigation into a subject in order to discover facts, to establish or revise a theory, or to develop a plan of action based on the facts discovered Encarta Dictionary. WHAT IS RESEARCH. What?. Research: Creating a method

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Research

WHAT TO KNOW

AND WHERE TO GO

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Research: methodical investigation into a subject in order to discover facts, to establish or revise a theory, or to develop a plan of action based on the facts discovered

Encarta Dictionary

WHAT IS RESEARCH

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Research:

  • Creating a method
  • Planning
  • Investigation
  • Discovery
  • Action based on facts
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Where do I start?

  • Identify a variety of information sources
  • Identify characteristics of information on the web
  • Identify characteristics of library resources

http://faculty.ivytech.edu/~smclaugh/ivytilt/

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THE LIBRARY

  • Printed materials
  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Articles
  • e-books
  • Online encyclopedias
  • Electronic resources
  • Web browsing
  • The library usually provides useful information for academic research and is an environment conducive to studying.
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Library resources

  • Go through a review process
  • Free or discounted for your use
  • Organized
  • Meant to be kept permanently
  • Come with personal assistance
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THE WEB

  • Current information
  • Library links
  • Company information
  • Government information
  • Expert and popular opinions
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THE WEB

  • Most information on the web does not go through a review process.
  • Some information on the web is not free.
  • Information on the web is not organized.
  • Most information on the web is not comprehensive.
  • Most information on the web is not permanent.
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Magazines

  • Articles
  • Popular interest
  • Current events
  • Periodicals
  • Found at newsstands, libraries, and the web
  • Some articles are written for people who are not necessarily specialists in the topic area.
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Journals

  • Articles are written by scholars
  • Editorial board reviews articles
  • Specific topics or narrow fields of research
  • Periodic intervals
  • Continued….
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Journals

  • Come in print format or on the web as electronic journals
  • Library purchases subscriptions to most journals
  • Previous studies on your topic
  • Bibliographies that point to other relevant research
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Newspapers

  • Articles daily
  • Current events
  • Periodicals
  • International, national and local events
  • Editorials
  • Commentaries
  • Expert or popular opinions
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Books

  • Cover virtually any topic
  • Fact or fiction
  • Electronic books (e-books)
  • A lot of information on a topic
  • Summaries of research to support an argument
  • Usually has been seriously reviewed prior to publication
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Encyclopedias

  • Factual articles
  • Background information on a topic
  • Find key ideas, important dates or concepts
  • Two types of encyclopedias
  • (general and subject)
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Library Catalogs

  • Identify items in the library
  • Books, ebooks
  • Journals
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Videos
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IvyCat

  • Books by title, author, or subject heading
  • Contains more than books
  • Guided keyword search
  • Journals
  • Call numbers used to find items in the library
  • Find information about your account (books checked out, etc.)
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Article Databases

  • Find articles on your topic in magazines, journals or newspapers
  • Periodical indexes or databases
  • Citations of articles in magazines, journals, and newspapers
  • Some contain abstracts or brief summaries of the articles
  • Most contain the full text
  • Accessible from the library Web site
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When choosing a topic

  • Broaden or narrow a topic
  • Identify keywords for a topic
  • Understand the difference between keyword and subject searching
  • Use connectors and truncation in constructing a search

http://faculty.ivytech.edu/~smclaugh/ivytilt/

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When broadening

or narrowing a topic

ask yourself ….

Who?

What?

When?

Where?

Why?

How?

How often?

To what extent?

http://faculty.ivytech.edu/~smclaugh/ivytilt/

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You may also ask yourself…

  • What am I trying to find out?
  • What will my research prove?
  • What answer am I searching for?

http://faculty.ivytech.edu/~smclaugh/ivytilt/

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Write out your topic as a sentence or a question.

Example: How do advertisers markettheir products to women?

Notice the keywords in green.

http://faculty.ivytech.edu/~smclaugh/ivytilt/

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If your subject is marketing then a keyword might be products.

computers

cigarettes

products

toys

liquor

clothes

Once you discover your keywords try branching off of them with other related words as in the diagram above.

http://faculty.ivytech.edu/~smclaugh/ivytilt/

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Try using a diagram

to brainstorm.

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=brainstorming&qs=n&form=QBIR&pq=brainstorming&sc=8-13&sp=-1&sk=#x0y16542

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DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU!

  • PLAN AHEAD
  • CREATE A STRATEGY
  • DON’T PROCRASTINATE
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Find a quiet place

away from distractions.

Make sure you are

comfortable.

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Make good use of your time.

  • Class Times
  • Start and end dates
  • Deadlines
  • L.R.C. office hours
  • Writing Center hours
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The Learning Resource Center (L.R.C.)

Hours of operation

Richmond

Mon.-Thurs.: 9a.m. - 7p.m.

Fri.: 9a.m. - 6p.m.

Sat.: 9a.m. - 12p.m.

Connersville

Mon.-Tues.: 9a.m. – 5p.m.

Wed.- Fri. 9a.m. – 5.p.m

For more information contact:

Susana Dunn

Email: stheobald4@ivytech.edu

Phone: 765-966-2656 ext. 1188

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Writing Center

Hours of Operation

Johnson Hall

Room 3408

Mon.-Thurs.: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Students with appointments are given priority, but walk-ins are welcome!

To schedule an appointment or for more information contact:

Email: richmondwc@lists.ivytech.edu

Phone: 765-966-2656 ext. 3408

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Now you know what to know

and where to go!

Remember what you’ve

learned and let it guide you

through the research process.