POL 101W: INTRODUCTION TO POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT – LIBRARY RESEARCH AND RESOURCES For Brian Thomas Spring 2014 Agenda Develop a research strategy Find appropriate resources Use advanced search techniques Evaluate sources Help!! Develop a Research Strategy Write down your topic Break your topic into its components Brainstorm synonyms for the words you’re using These will become your keywords that you use to search databases Sample Topic How does globalization affect the rights of women in developing countries? Exploring Library Resources 5 Library Search? Fast Search? Catalogue? Which one should you use? Explore the Political Science Library Research Guide Popular v. scholarly Journals 6 How do you know whether a resource is scholarly (academic) or popular? Popular Journals 7 Goals are to entertain the general public … and to sell! Photographs and ads Attention-grabbing headlines Relatively short articles and opinion pieces No bibliographies Authors may be anonymous Examples: magazines, newspaper articles, etc. Scholarly Journals 8 Goals are to share ideas and research findings with other experts in the field Peer-reviewed Author credentials listed Usually lengthy, in-depth Abstracts, footnotes and/or bibliographies Examples: journal articles, theses/dissertations, etc. Find Journal Articles Recommended databases: PAIS International, Political Science Complete, Columbia International Affairs Online, International Political Science Abstracts (e-journal) Limit your search to peer-reviewed or academic journals Do not limit to full-text – It will omit relevant articles that are available in full-text from other SFU databases Political Science Complete Advanced Searching Use quotation marks to search a phrase Use truncation “emerging economies” global* = global, globalization, globalisation, globalizing Use Boolean operators: OR, AND Women OR Gender OR Feminism o Use to broaden your search and retrieve more search results Women AND Globalization o Use to narrow your search and retrieve fewer search results Sources from the Open Web 12 Advantages? Disadvantages? Web publishing Commercial websites Advocacy websites News and opinion pieces Personal websites and blogs Scholarly research articles Evaluating sources 13 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Authority: Who is the author? What are the author’s credentials? Content: Is the information factual? Is it suitable for your topic? Scope: Who is the intended audience? Currency: How recently was the resource published or last updated? Objectivity: Is the information consistent with other scholarly sources? Is there evidence of bias? Are the author’s sources clearly cited? Can they be verified? Cite your sources 14 Choose a citation style (e.g. APA) Cite your sources in two places: in the body of your paper (in-text citations) and at the end of your paper (References) Cite when you directly quote from a source and when you paraphrase The purpose of citing your sources is: o o to identify other people's ideas and arguments used within your essay to inform the reader of your paper where to look to find the same sources Manage Your Sources RefWorks A web-based bibliography and citation database manager Available to all current SFU faculty, staff, students and alumni Stores citation data & formats output Facilitates cooperative bibliography building Help! Ask anyone at the Ask Us Desk in all three campus library branches Use our Ask a Librarian services http://www.lib.sfu.ca/he lp/ask-us/ Contact me: Jenna Walsh [email protected] Class? Due Date? Where have you already searched? How have you already searched? Have you found anything close to what you need?