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Complete Before Class on Wednesday, December 15
Read the following articles, paying particular attention to:
- intended audience
- the thesis or argument that the author is making
- the kind of evidence they are using to support that argument
- how the evidence is documented (e.g. quotations, paraphrasing, citations, ect.)
Here is a good, basic formula for getting started with your research:
- Begin by narrowing down your topic and developing an initial research question.
- Use the keyword brainstorming worksheet to help you tweak your research question, identify keywords and related terms, and keep track of what you find.
- Search in a library catalog (Summon, OBIS, OhioLINK and/or WorldCat) to find books and reference sources. These sources will:
- provide BACKGROUND and CONTEXT
- REVIEW and SUMMARIZE earlier work
- help you FOCUS your topic and
- provide CITATIONS to important books, journal articles, conference papers, interviews, etc.
- Next, search research databases to find articles. The library has hundreds of databases; those listed on this guide are good places to begin.
- You may also wish to use Google Scholar to search the Internet. This is a great tool for doing cited reference searches.
- Finally, use the CRAAP test worksheet to evaluate the sources you find.
Reading Call Numbers
There are two major call number systems used in the libraries: the Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification schemes. The first line of a call number, as it appears on a physical item, is a broad subject classification. The subsequent lines are combinations of letters and numbers that organize items into narrower, related categories.
|Library of Congress
615 Whole number
|573.3 Whole number, followed by decimal
|C518 Alphabetically, then decimals
(may be followed by another letter)
|.W932A Alphabetically, then decimals
|2018 Publication Date, shelves chronologically
||e.g., 573.3 W932A shelves before 573.3 W94A
See How to Read Call Numbers from the University of Berkeley Library for more details about LC call numbers.