Al Harris Library American Foreign Policy Research Paper: Scholarly Resources Frederic Murray Assistant Professor MLIS, University of British Columbia BA, Political Science, University of Iowa Instructional Services Librarian Al Harris Library [email protected] The Management of Savagery Abu Bakr Naji (pseudonym) The Management of Savagery • A jihadi guide written by al-Qaida operative Abu Bakr Naji • Translated by Dr. William McCants 2006 (faculty member at West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center) • Widely viewed as foundational text (blueprint) for ISIS • Example of Primary Source Questions to Ask Your Primary Source • What is it? • When was it collected? • Where could you find more background information on this? • Who is saying/writing this story/document/picture? • Why is this important? Today’s Class • Research Strategies – Process, Thesis • Resources – Catalogs, Databases, Scholarly Journals • Citation Tracking Today’s Class • Review Specific Resources for American Foreign Policy • General Resources for American Foreign Policy Writing a Good Paper What provides the discipline of History with its authority? What are the possibilities & limitations of witness testimony in historical research? Research Process • • • • • GET A TOPIC DEVELOP YOUR SEARCH STRATEGY SEARCH AND READ WRITE YOUR PAPER CITE YOUR SOURCES Library Resource Create a Thesis Statement • Thesis Statements • Think about questions your – Make an assertion research might help – Take a stand you answer. – Explain what • State your topic as you’re going to a question first, write about then revise it to be – Are narrow and a statement. specific – Have one main point Strong Thesis Statement 1. Is specific 2. Addresses a potential contradiction and is arguable 3. Provides a logical way to structure the argument Offering a well-organized and persuasive thesis • Think of your thesis as answering a question • Have your thesis answer a "how" or "why" question, rather than a "what" question • “what” leads to mere description • “how” & “why” leads to critical analysis CHOOSE THE BEST RESEARCH THESIS STATEMENT • Is ISIS using social media in a calculated manner? • ISIS is using social media. • ISIS is using social media in a highly strategic and tactical manner based on the works of Abu Bakr Naji. Tools of Scholarship Content • Books • Articles • Journals • Citations • WWW Tools • Catalogs • Databases • Lists • Indexes • Search Engines Searching for Sources KEYWORDS - Correspondence Sources Diaries Interviews Literary collections Personal narratives Pictorial works Posters Songs/Music Speeches, addresses, etc. Treaties Tell the Catalog/Database/SE what you seek: Specifically! Keywords & Boolean Iraq War and Diaries Iraq War and Sources Iraq War and Correspondence WORKS FOR CATALOG/DATABASES/SE Keyword Exercise ISIL ISIL Oil Syria ISIS Funding Violence Theft Iran Islamic State Open World Cat • Meta search engine for online catalogs of libraries all over the world. Search for any book using a geographic location for the closest sources. • Over 9000 libraries combined. • If you find it in WorldCat, and it's not in our library, we can get it through ILL. • CREATE A USER ACCOUNT E-Books: Ebrary/Netbook • • • • • • 24/7 Full Text Searching* Highlight Markup Note Taking Changeable Font Size Multiplicity of Use • CREATE A BOOKSHELF Al Harris Catalog • Remember* Catalog defaults to relevance search • Remember* Use a Keyword search and Boolean to help limit results • Remember* Use Limiters to narrow your search. • Remember* Use Subject links to focus on your topic. Databases: Social Sciences • • • • • • JSTOR Historical Abstracts w/Full Text * America: History and Life w/Full Text * Military & Government Collection* Social Sciences Citation Index New York Times 1851-2009 *EBSCO Database Ebsco Demonstration (finding New Books) Class Exercise • Read & research this Article (700 words) • Find one book review & five articles, peer-reviewed, full text and archive them in an EBSCO folder • Find Five Digital Books in Ebrary or eBooks and archive them on the digital bookshelf or folder Can you Read and Find Citations? Handout: Reading citations A citation is a short, multi-part description of a specific information source. It provides the information that is needed to find a particular source. Journal citations contain such basic information as: Tracking Citations Tracking Citations Sides, John, and Kimberly Gross. "Stereotypes Of Muslims And Support For The War On Terror." Journal Of Politics 75.3 (2013): 583-598. America: History and Life with Full Text. Web. 15 Sept. 2014. The Citation Video Citation Worksheet Label the citations as either: I. B=Book or a P=Periodical (magazine or journal article) II. If it is a book search the following catalogs until it is located: a. Open WorldCat b. Ebrary c. Al Harris Catalog d. Identify Source - write it down III. If it is a magazine or journal article search: a. Periodicals List b. Identify: i. Name of the database – write it down ii. Do you have access to the full text – Yes/No Web Resources: National Security Archive An independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University, the Archive collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The Archive also serves as a repository of government records on a wide range of topics pertaining to the national security, foreign, intelligence, and economic policies of the United States. Office of the Historian Historical documents and reports on countries and milestones Foreign Relations of the United States- Office of the Historian Online books going back to 1945 digitized by State Department Frontline Diplomacy Transcripts of oral histories of U.S. diplomats Questions? • Contact me: • Frederic Murray • 774-7113 • [email protected] Thanks!