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Introduction to Research. Instructor: Eric Riley. What we’re going to cover…. The Research Process Searching for Information Books, Databases and the Internet Evaluating what you find Citing your sources. The Research Process. Choosing a topic Developing a thesis

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introduction to research

Introduction to Research

Instructor: Eric Riley

what we re going to cover
What we’re going to cover…
  • The Research Process
  • Searching for Information
    • Books, Databases and the Internet
  • Evaluating what you find
  • Citing your sources
the research process
The Research Process
  • Choosing a topic
  • Developing a thesis
  • Searching for information
  • Evaluating what you find
  • Citing the sources you use
searching for info reference
Searching for Info: Reference
  • Provides overviews on a subject
  • Gives you important terminology
  • Bibliographies for further study

Examples: CQ Researcher, Opposing Viewpoints,

Matter of Fact, Encyclopedia of Social Issues

searching for info internet
Searching for Info: Internet

Internet

  • Broad and general
  • Anybody can publish a webpage
  • Quality and reliability can be very suspect

http://dept.sccd.ctc.edu/cclib/

searching for info databases
Searching for Info: Databases

Periodical Databases

  • Provides indexing for articles in periodicals
  • Not controlled by the library
  • Indexes material the library doesn’t own

http://dept.sccd.ctc.edu/cclib/

searching for info catalogs
Searching for Info: Catalogs

Catalog

  • Indexes titles of books and periodicals
  • Library creates and updates catalog
  • Indexes only material the library owns

http://dept.sccd.ctc.edu/cclib/

evaluating what you find
Evaluating what you find
  • Authority
  • Currency
  • Accuracy
  • Scope/Coverage
  • Objectivity
citing your sources
Citing your sources
  • Other people want to know what you used
  • Citation provides a standard format
  • There are many styles

Example: Book by one author

Lemann, Nicholas. The Promised Land, the Great Black

Migration and How It Changed America. New York:

Knopf, 1991.

http://dept.sccd.ctc.edu/cclib/

where we ve been
Where we’ve been
  • The Research Process
  • Searching for Information
    • Books, Databases and the Internet
  • Evaluating what you find
  • Citing your sources