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INT 101 Joe Richardson

by Lee Twombly Olson last modified Aug 08, 2016 09:09 AM

This guide is intended to help you complete your research assignments for this class. If you have any questions or need additional help, please contact , the librarian for this class. If Lee isn't available, use our Ask Jack Research Services to talk to another librarian for assistance.


Brainstorming Topics

If you haven’t chosen a topic, you can discuss ideas with your professor or subject librarian. If you’re not sure where to start, you might also try browsing recent research in particular areas of interest, or looking at current topics of interest in the news.

Once you've chosen a topic, state it as a question. For example, instead of "transformational leadership," you might ask "How does transformational leadership build morale in the workplace?" Try to create a question you want to know the answer to!

Identify the main concepts and keywords in your question, and come up with alternatives. Ask yourself which words in your research topic are most important, and spend a few minutes thinking about alternate ways to phrase them. In our example, the most important keywords are "transformational leadership," "morale," and "workplace." You may consider replacing "morale" with "motivation" or "satisfaction."

Finding Tools

Use the following to locate scholarly and non-scholarly articles:

  • Discovery - An EBSCO service allowing you to search multiple databases and the library catalog simultaneously. This service is made available to us through GALILEO, Georgia Library Learning Online, an initiative of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
  • Research Library (ProQuest) - Provides abstracts and indexing for over 2,600, as well as full text for over 1,700 scholarly journals and general magazines. Research Library is an expansion of, and replacement for, the database titled Periodical Abstracts Research II.

Use the following guides to assist in navigating the databases listed above:

  • Discovery - This guide provides an overview for navigating Discovery. A video is also available.

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources - Use the C.R.A.P. Test!
Depending on your field of study and current topic, you may use a variety of resources in your research. You will need to evaluate all of them to determine whether or not they are reliable and relevant to your current project. Whether you have a book, article, website, or other source, you can use the C.R.A.P. Test to decide whether or not it's worth including in your resource list.

Identifying Types of Sources

Scholarly, Trade, and Popular Publications
Scholarly, trade, and popular periodicals are publications that release new issues on a regular basis under the same title. This includes magazines, newspapers, and academic journals. Each individual issue includes articles – which are often great resources for your research! There are advantages and disadvantages to all of these publications. Which type you use will depend on your research topic.

Citation Style

APA Style Guide (6th edition)

Citation Tool

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is software that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use, lives in your web browser where you do your work, and best of all it's free. This tool will help you keep track of the sources you use for your projects, and also help format the citations!

We also have some video tutorials available:

Citation Help

Ask Jack (located on the 2nd/main floor of Tarver Library) will provide assistance in formatting your citations. Email us your document or visit us in person.

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