Week 10

Research Techniques (2 weeks)

"Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one" (Neil Gaiman)

“The time will come when diligent research over long periods will bring to light things which now lie hidden" (Seneca. Natural Questions).

“..research is a sign of intelligence” (Kazue Allen (student) quoted from http://libweb.surrey.ac.uk/library/skills/Introduction%20to%20Research%20and%20Managing%20Information%20Leicester/).

“With a library it is easier to hope for serendipity than to look for a precise answer.” (Lemony Snicket, When Did You See Her Last?)

The online PAC videos covering research have been suddenly taken down. Instead, we will be doing online research for videos or other materials related to each topic:

1. Introduction to Research

Search the Web (I would suggest Google) for introductions to research: How to find a topic (consider using an encyclopedia); How to narrow a topic (consider using an encyclopedia or bibliography); how to take and organize notes; how to outline a paper; other related topics.

2. Sources

Search the Web for sources to use in doing research.

3. How to Find Books

Search the Web for information on finding a book in a library. Be sure to scan information on the Dewey system and the Library of Congress system. Explore how to use an online catalog to find books. Don't forget bibliographies.

4. Articles

Search the Web for information on finding and accessing articles in periodicals. Include articles free on the Web, articles in magazines in a library, and electronic databases. Explore using some of the electronic databases available at your local library.

5. Web

Search the Web for information on using the Web for research, and the unique characteristics of the Web.

You should take notes as you go along. I will expect reports on all five areas in Discussions this week.


There is no quiz for this week; just discussion in Canvas.

Colby Glass, MLIS