The Research Process
Below are a series of tools that will help you find appropriate information sources to complete your research assignment for the course.
As covered in the library session, in order to properly locate, evaluate and use the information sources you need, you should plan your search strategy by:
- Identifying the variety of terms that correspond to the essence of your question. To achieve this, consider the following questions:
- What are the main ideas/concepts I want to investigate?
- How can I describe these ideas in common/popular vs. specific/disciplinary/technical vocabulary?
- Do I need advanced reference sources to understand how to describe these concepts?
- Which keywords can I use to describe my concepts to ensure my search is as specific as possible?
- Which limits (in terms of geography, theory, etc.) do I need to integrate into my search?
- Running targeted searches in subject indexes/databases to find scholarly articles relevant to the question you have chosen to analyze.
- From your research, consider other sources of potentially useful information (relevant popular periodicals, government documents, grey literature, statistics, full monographs, press, etc).
Need to learn more on research and writing for your academic paper?
Consult SPARK by clicking on the image below:
Research Tools - Scholarly Articles
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Citation Management Workshop Feb 23rd 2016
Relevant subject terms for books from the catalogue
Depending on your topic, the below subject search examples may be of use for your research. However, remember to interpret your results in relation to the PARCA test we discussed and apply the necessary limits to locate sources that have the levels of authority and relevance you require.