Use the handout given to you at the start of the workshop to follow along.
1. Define what a primary source is in each subject area and give examples.
2. Write down your focused research topic/question. Discuss with a peer related topics that you need to explore. Create an outline, mind map, or storyboard to make the connections between the concepts.
3. Jot down the keywords, synonyms, and/or related terms for your major concepts.
4. Using CAPOW as the foundations, identify element(s) that you should make a conscious effort to evaluate for your subject-specific research.
5. Pick a database (below) that is relevant to your topic and find at least one article. Use your keywords to create a Boolean search strategy. Find at least one article relevant to your research and add the appropriate information to your research log.
Lee, Samantha and Shana Lebowitz. "20 cognitive biases that bcrew up your decisions." Business Insider, 26 Aug. 2015, 12:38, www.businessinsider.com/cognitive-biases-that-affect-decisions-2015-8.
"How to Spot Fake News." IFLA, 13 Feb. 2017, www.ifla.org/publications/node/11174.
For each question, match the example with the description provided:
"And that brings us to tonight's word: Truthiness. Now I'm sure some of the word-police, the "wordanistas" over at Webster’s, are gonna say, "Hey, that's not a word!" Well, anybody who knows me knows that I am no fan of dictionaries or reference books. They're elitist. Constantly telling us what is or isn't true, what did or didn't happen...”
– Stephen Colbert
|Network (generally used by companies directly responsible for the internet's infrastructure)|
|Example of a country code; from the United Kingdom|
While domains are a good starting place, you still want to evaluate the information on the website. Other places to get hints for the purpose and objectivity of a website can be found:
Take a look at the websites below, would you use them in your research?
Does this meet the honors-level of research?
(Click on the yes or no to access the full article.)
A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science by Compound Interest (2015) is licensed under CC NY-NC-ND.
Use the advanced search feature to improve your search results. You have a number of options within the advanced search. Notice that you have multiple search fields. Next to each field there is a drop-down menu where you can refine your search within a certain area of the document. The following are the standard options, but you will find some databases will have more than others, based on the subject and collection.
Limiters help you narrow down your search based on various criteria. They are found underneath your search fields before you get started, and then again on the left toolbar next to your results list. Some limit options include the following:
*Notice that you may find that there are similar search fields and limiters. Play around with your search to see how each one influences the type of results you retrieve from the database.
No two databases are made alike. Some databases contain only scholarly sources from academic journals, like JSTOR and Project MUSE. In other databases, you can limit your searches to scholarly, peer-reviewed content.
In both cases, you should still be cautious about the information found in the database.
Subject Headings are database and author provided keywords. In library speak, we consider them the "authoritative" term to use. What this means is that you will likely find more or better content on your topic as opposed to some of the search terms you may have used.
You may find a section in the upper tool bar called "subject terms," "CINAHL headings," among other names. This is like the database's thesaurus or dictionary.
There are various ways to save your articles:
Some databases with keep track of that search session. You can go back and review past results by clicking on the Search History button underneath your search fields. You will see your search terms and on the right you can view the results. Once you click View Results they willl be found underneath the search history results list. Your search history is not permanently saved anywhere.