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:
- Define your subject
- Look up subject in Encyclopedias, both general and special.
- Refine def. of subject.
- Make note of terminology.
- Take notes.
- Write down any references which look good.
- Look up subject in print indexes.
- Refine def. of subject. Narrower subject if possible.
- Make list of KEY WORDS and SEARCH TERMS.
- Note all citations worth looking up.
- Locate all citation sources; take notes.
- Read the bibliographies and write down any good looking references.
- Look up the references and take notes.
- Locate books on your subject, or books which will cover your subject in the process of covering their larger subject.
- Look up each book and take notes.
- Write down all references and look them up.
- Look up subject in electronic indexes.
- Note all good looking citations. Copy all good abstracts.
- Locate the materials. Read and Take notes.
- Each article found, read through the bibliography for more references.
- Cycling... Look up references in books and articles, then look up their references, then look up their references... You will learn two important things:
- If your subject is narrow enough;
- Everyone who writes on your subject with any frequency.
Categories of sources used in doing research:
- General encyclopedias
- Specialized encyclopedias
- Library catalog of books-- OPAC
- Indexes of periodicals (print and electronic)
- Bibliographies & lists
- Bibliographies & Works Cited at ends of books/articles
- Online sources; the Internet
Berge & Saffioti notes on research go here.................................
Advantages of using a computer in doing research:
- Compact storage
- Cut and paste ability
- No need to recopy and rewrite materials
- Easy to correct errors, edit, and re-print
- Available for later efforts
Tools (indexes, etc)--------> Citations--> Readings--> Notes--> Outline--> Draft
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Colby Glass, MLIS
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