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LIBS 201: Start Your Research

Resources for Class Presentation

A. "Developing a Research or Guiding Question" (by Arizona State University): This video will help you understand the difference between a topic and a research question. It will also help you develop good research questions.

B. "Generating and Using Keywords" (by Arizona State University): This video explains how to determine keywords/concepts. It also explains the importance of finding synonyms or related concepts.

 

Concept 1

AND

Concept 2

AND

Concept 3

Extract the major concepts from your research question.

teenage

 

girls

 

“video games”

List alternatives for each concept:

  • These can be synonyms, or they can be specific examples of the concept
  • Use single words or short phrases.
  • Find additional terms in abstracts and summaries of articles.

 

Search Terms

Search Terms

Search Terms

adolescent

female

“online games”

OR

OR

OR

teens

“teenage girls”

Nintendo

OR

OR

OR

 

 

 

OR

OR

OR

 

 

 

 

 

 

C. Watch "Boolean Logic" (by Douglas College Library"): This video explains how to combine search terms to narrow or broaden your search of library databases.

Online Search Tips

  Search Shortcuts

  Explanation Example
Phrase Search (Using Quotation Marks Looks for complete phrase exactly as it is typed "human cause for climate change"
Site: Focuses on specific domain types .com (commercial), .org (organization), .gov (government), .edu (education) site:.gov 2016 presidential voting statistics
Related: Finds similar sites related:put the url of another site
Link: Finds sites that are linked to a site or have used the site as a reference link:put the url of another site
Filetype: Finds information in a specific file format (e.g., .doc, .ppt, .pdf, .xls, etc) filetype: .xls 2016 presidential election results

 

Places to Look for Scholarly Research

Searching Academic Databases

  1. The first place to look is Academic Search Complete
  2. The second place to look is a subject based research guide
  3. The third place to look is General Library Search Tool
    • Use Advanced Search
    • Filter by Scholarly & last 5 years
    • Use other filters
      1. Journal Articles
      2. Subject Terms

Information Needed for Annotated Bibliography

  1. A brief summary of the article


     
  2. Why is this a good article for your research question/thesis statement


     
  3. Does this article provide similar ideas as the other article(s) you have found? If so, does the information agree or disagree with the other article(s)? Explain: