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INT 201 Ragusea

last modified Sep 29, 2016 11:37 AM

Hello! This page provides links out to recommended resources, as well as some useful information on how to research better. If you have any questions, please don't hestitate to contact Amy Gratz (contact info at right), or Ask Jack!

Need a Refresher from INT 101?

Scholarly, Popular, and Trade Sources - explains the differences and when these can generally be used in college

Evaluating Sources - a basic guide to determining source quality

How to Write an Annotated Bibliography - general overview of this type of writing assignment. Also useful for points on more in-depth source evaluation.

Locate/Cite Sources

I strongly recommend looking in the course guides for Sociology and Psychology for more suggestions! The resources listed below are those I think will be most useful, but many, many more are available!

Discovery Advanced Search - This tool allows you to search the library catalog and about half of our databases simultaneously. Recommended for: books, academic journals, magazines, newspapers, and many other sources.

Research Library (ProQuest) - a multidisciplinary database with sources that cannot be found in Discovery. Recommended for: academic journals, magazines, newspapers, and many more.

Social Science Journals (ProQuest) - a database for social science information that cannot be found in Discovery. Recommended for: academic journals and other subject-specific sources

Sociology (ProQuest)  - a database for sociology information that cannot be found in Discovery. Recommended for: academic journals and other subject-specific sources

Psychology Journals (ProQuest)  - a database for psychology information that cannot be found in Discovery. Recommended for: academic journals and other subject-specific sources

Communication & Mass Media Complete (EBSCO) — Provides access to quality research journals and publications in areas related to communication and mass media. These can be found in Discovery, but the database may be worth searching directly. Recommended for: academic journals and other subject-specific sources

Google Scholar - Google's answer to academic databases. Recommended for academic journals and books. If the full text is not available, consider using Interlibrary Loan!

Kanopy Video Streaming- Kanopy is a video streaming solution for colleges offering a "Netflix-like" user experience and a broad selection of over 28,000 documentaries, feature films and training videos from thousands of producers. Available on trial until February 25. Recommended for: documentaries.

Citing Sources

MLA Style Guide from the Purdue OWL - we also have the complete style guide available at the circulation desk if you need it! You can also run citation questions by the librarians at the Ask Jack desk, or and we'll check for accuracy.

For your Editorial, you will also need the Associated Press (AP) Style Book, available in our Reference Collection, so you can come use this in the building, but may not check it out. You may also want to refer to this brief page from the Purdue OWL for general writing conventions in this style.

Search Tips and Tools

For all of your assignments in this class, you will probably want to go beyond the academic sources we usually recommend. I encourage you to consider the following questions before searching for information:

1. Who is interested in your topic?

This could be researchers, teachers, local community members, professionals, etc. Try to think in terms of broad categories, not individuals.

2. Are there likely to be official organizations looking into this issue?

This could include government bodies, local community groups, or non-profit organizations, to name a few. 

3. Where would they look for information? Where would they share information themselves?

This will help you determine where to look - basic internet searching, looking through official websites, checking the library databases, etc.

Search Tools

These basic search functions can be used in almost any database:

AND - search for multiple words, and require that all the words appear. This narrows your list of results.

Boolean AND

OR - search for multiple words, and require only one of the words appear. This broadens your list of results

Boolean OR

NOT (sometimes AND NOT) - blocks certain words from your search. This narrows your list of results.

Boolean NOT

"" - use quotation marks to look for a specific phrase. Remember to keep phrases short - the longer the phrase, the fewer search results you will get.

Quotes - Phrase Search

* - Replace the ending of the word with an asterisk to search for different endings on the same stem word. For example, Educat* will tell the database to search for variations such as educate, education, educating, educator, educators, etc.


Google also has a list of specialized search operators and tools that work in their search engine (although not always elsewhere).

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