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Information Studies - Finding Information


What is research?

Research is simply the process of finding information. The method is formalized for those who must locate a LOT of information.

The process in the library...

How search strategies are developed:

  1. Define your subject
  2. Look up subject in Encyclopedias, both general and special.
  3. Look up subject in print indexes.
  4. Locate books on your subject, or books which will cover your subject in the process of covering their larger subject.
  5. Look up subject in electronic indexes.
  6. Cycling... Look up references in books and articles, then look up their references, then look up their references... You will learn two important things:
    1. If your subject is narrow enough;
    2. Everyone who writes on your subject with any frequency.

Categories of sources used in doing research:

Berge & Saffioti notes on research go here.................................

Advantages of using a computer in doing research:

--Overview--

Bibliographic
Tools (indexes, etc)--------> Citations--> Readings--> Notes--> Outline--> Draft
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This section will break out in the following manner:


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