my project? Understanding your assignment “Pre- Searching” w/Background Information What is “good” information? Scholarly vs. Popular Formats Evaluation Considerations How do I use the library? Search Strategies Finding Books & Articles How should I use the information I find in my paper? Writing with Academic Honesty Citing Information
if you don’t know what you’re looking for? • Background Information – • Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Handbooks, and (some) websites • Narrow or clarify your research topic • Find new terms to use in future searching • Find links and/or citations to other sources
your worksheet • Use Cook OneSearch to identify one print reference source • Use Sage Knowledge to identify and read one electronic resource about your topic • Each person should complete their own worksheet, but feel free to work with your neighbor • Be prepared to share your results with the class
as a question can help you find direction… the answer or argument you find will turn into your “thesis” • Considerations • Avoid simple “Yes” or “No” questions • “How” and “Why” questions work well • Is there evidence available to answer your question? • Can you access the sources needed to answer the question? • Can you research the topic within the given time frame and page limits?
apply what you’ve learned about searching for scholarly information • You’ll have time to search and locate resources – save your worksheet and bring it back! • Discussion about writing with academic honest, including citations