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Writing 117-01 (Winek, Spring 2024)

3/4/24 Session Overview

Learning Objectives

By the end of the session, you will be able to:

  • Identify databases appropriate for finding information related to your subculture and field study
  • Construct database searches using various search strategies to find relevant information
  • Follow citation trails to identify relevant references on your topic.
  • Locate assistance for your research needs

This session is intended to support you in completing your research project. Please contact me, your librarian, with questions. I'm here to help!  

Lesson Plan

  1. Welcome & Introduction
    1. Pre-Assessment
    2. Orientation for this Course Research Guide - 5 Steps of the Research Process
    3. Reminder about the VPN
  2. Activity: Go to the Citation Trails guide and Read the information on page 1.
    1. Watch the videos together.
    2. Give citation trails a try using your own research.
  3. Let's review search basics. Go to Step 3.
    1. Select a database from this guide's Article Databases page, or choose one from the A-Z Databases List.
    2. Use keywords related to your research question to search this database.
    3. Find at least one (1) new article or chapter citation that you might use. Save or Email it to yourself.
  4. Review the difference between empirical research and review articles on the Article Types page. 
    1. Review and evaluate the new article you saved from 3.3.
    2. Share how you found this new article using this spreadsheet.
  5. Reminders about Citation & Writing Resources
    1. Upcoming workshops on Zotero, Mendeley, and Using ChatGPT ethically
  6. Questions?
  7. Please fill out the Exit Slip on the Feedback page of this guide. Thank you!

Research is a Process (Infographic)

Research is an iterative process. Instead of straightforward and linear, it is repetitive and cyclical. As you move through the steps to learn, you should modify and revise your strategies. Don't be afraid to return to an earlier step to reset your process!Research is a Process infographic; follow the long description link for a web accessible version

Long description of "Research is a Process" for web accessibility

Access Library Resources from Off Campus (VPN)

VPN software allows you to connect to the library's online articles and eBooks from off campus.

Decorative image: A globe with lines out to various technologies surrounding it, representing a network

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