the research process.
getting started: identify and develop yout topic.
what kind of essay? pick one: tell a story, paint a picture, state a fact, convince someone.
click the button to get inspiration for your essay.
a word at the very least: keywords
keywords are the most important words in a sentence, in this case, your topic.
this is where your basic knowledge of boolean operations comes in handy. and they said you would never use it.
for more on boolean operations, click here.
use wikipedia, just don't tell me you did: find background information.
wikipedia is an encyclopedia constantly updated and edited by the users as a group.
wikipedia should not be treated as a source. it's more of a point of access to sources.
type the keyword here:
click the button for some background information.
new york times articles
sources: use library catalogs and databases to find books and articles.
search our collection using our own library catalog.
find books we don't have at other libraries using worldcat.
databases is another way to say lists.
hospitals, government agencies, stores, libraries, all have databases.
library databases: lists of publications and their articles.
for a more in-depth view of databases and how they work, click here.
googling it: find additional internet resources.
social media: if you are not paying, you are the product.
number of people who know all of this about you
go here for more about social media and research, including echo chambers and search engine optimization.
selling a chainsaw
|type of ad
||what you know about audience
||millions of $ per 30 seconds
||quite a lot
||about $11.20 per 1000 views*
||can market to only them
what you like is not what you need: search engine optimization.
your past searches could prevent you from finding the information you really need for your school work.
for a closer look at how your past searching behavior can affect what you find on the internet, click here.
says who: evaluate sources.
ask questions about your information sources.
cite your sources using a standard format.
article citation demo
Lastname, Firstname. Title of source. Title of container, Other contributors, Version, Number, Publisher, Publication date, Location. Optional elements
Lastname, F. I.(Publication date). Title of source. Title of container, Volume(issue). Retrieved from url
Lastname, Firstname. Title of source. Title of container Volume, no. issue (Year of publication): pages.
click here for more information about citations, including annotated bibliographies.