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Research Reworked Schedule -- 2016

Would you like to learn how to find excellent resources for your research paper more efficiently?

Join Jeff Beck each Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM starting on September 6, 2016 for a 30 minute hands-on experience that will help you through the entire research process.  You are welcome to attend single sessions that interest you or attend the entire series to improve your research skills.  In the first two sessions, we will focus on developing a solid foundation for your research topic.  Subsequent sessions will help you become more adept at finding relevant journal articles, books and other materials.  Finally, we will build annotated bibliographies to help you evaluate, summarize and synthesize your sources.  All sessions will meet in the main floor computer lab in Lilly Library at 7:30 PM.


7:30-8:00 PM

(Sessions 3-7 will include saving your sources in RefWorks)

September 6

1: Developing effective research questions / thesis statements

Build a strong thesis statement for a current or upcoming research paper

September 13

2: Building a search strategy

Identify key concepts, learn Boolean logic, truncation and proximity searching, and choose relevant databases to search

September 20

3: Finding relevant journal articles

Find at least two scholarly journal articles that support the thesis using relevant subjects and identify relevant journals that we own

September 27

4: Finding relevant books

Find at least two books that support your thesis and learn how to read call numbers

October 4

5: Reading journal articles effectively

Summarize the intellectual content from one of your scholarly sources

October 11

6: Building an annotated bibliography and citing sources (Start at 7:15 to allow attendance at Jamaica Kincaid Reading)

Create an annotated bibliography to help you evaluate and synthesize your sources.  An annotated bibliography is your summary of each source-including a restatement of the main argument of the author and the author's evidence in support of this argument with relevant quotations.

October  18

7:  Learing advanced techniques

Find at least two influential sources using bibliographies, JSTOR DFR, and citation indexes.


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