IENG 1060 RESEARCH GUIDE Dr. Monika Brown
WHAT TO FIND: THE BEST SOURCES FOR RESEARCH PAPERS see LBH 52 a-c
For most topics, use mainly 1990s magazine/journal articles, a few scholarly books (history, arts, literature); for major research paper at least 1 recent journal article with bibliography required for most topics.
The Internet offers variety, including books & magazines; pure web sites may be up to 1/3 of your sources.
For help with citation format, consult handbook, EBSCO online help, or uncp.edu/home/monika
VARIETY: primary&secondary; book, essay collection, periodical; scholarly&general; opposing views
QUALITY (4 Rs)
Related and rich: much quality information, on your focused topic or a broad subject that includes your topic
Recent: published or updated in 1990s or later if possible; humanities/arts topics may use older publications
Respected (peer-reviewed):academic journal or press, cited as expert; refers to other studies, has bibliog/notes
Responsible/Reliable: uses good evidence, cites good quality sources, uses sound logic, avoids bias
RESEARCH STEPS: FINDING the BEST SOURCES
A. Find ARTICLES in PERIODICALS (magazines, journals, and newspapers) and Essays in Books:
-use advanced search to put in several key words
-find full-text online articles or articles in library periodicals available at UNCP or other libraries
-skim articles first; if they=re useful, print, e-mail to yourself, or cut-paste into WORD or WordPerfect file
-check BraveCat if/how UNCP subscribes; look for articles; copy pages, esp intr, concl. bibliogr..
___1.a. EBSCO HOST:see uncp.edu/library, use quick link in Electronic Resources/by Title
check: Academic Search, Masterfile, ERIC, Newspaper, Business, Health, Military & Gov, >
MLA (literature), CINAHL (nursing), PAIS (public affairs)
___1.b. other quick links to full text, etc | Proquest | OmniFile | Web of Science | First Search | NCLive
___1. c. others with full text |Project Muse | LexisNexis| Opposing Views| JSTOR| Academic OneFile |
___2. A Subject Electronic Database [uncp.edu/library]; use journal finder if fulltext not available
Humanities and Arts
Essay & General Literature (essays in books)
Humanities Index (via OmniFile)
MLA (via EBSCOhost): Literature, Language, Culture
History & Life
Times and New York Times (Historical)
Biography and Genealogy Master Index
PAIS (public affairs, via EBSCOhost)
Art Index (via Omni File/Wilson Web)
and Mass Media (via EBSCOhost)
Index to the Performing Arts
Education and Youth
ERIC-education, youth; some full text (via EBSCO)
PsycInfo (Social Sciences, Education)
Social Science Abstracts
Criminal Justice Abstracts
Contemporary Women's Issues (via First Search)
and Government Collection (via EBSCOhost)
and Government Collection (via EBSCOhost)
Science, Health, Medicine
Web of Science
General Science Index (Via Omni File)
Applied Science and Technology Index
Biological and Agricultural Index
CINAHL/Nursing (via EBSCOhost)
B. Use LIBRARY REFERENCE MATERIAL for BACKGROUND & BIBLIOGRAPHY p.2
____ 3.[Library web site]: Use an ELECTRONIC REFERENCE SOURCE
CQ RESEARCHER (online or REF H35.C67) for current issues Lskim articles
BRITANNICA ONLINE(student ed): thru Library site Lprint or save pages:.title page, 1st pg, bibl.
Grove Dictionary of Art Online New Grove Dictionary of Music Online
____4.[Library] Use a SUBJECT REFERENCE WORK: copy (w/bibliography) & label one article.
Use indexes in the last volume or at end of a book encyclopedia. Check one or ask librarian for other suggestions.
Encyclopedia of Art
Encyclopedia of Bioethics
Encycl. of Crime & Justice
Encyclopedia of Educational Research
Dictionary of Literary Biography
Baker Enc. Psychology & Counseling
Encycl. of Childhood & Adolescence
Encycl. of Popular Culture
Encyclopedia of Religion
Encyclopedia of Social Work
Encyclopedia of Sports Science
C. Find SCHOLARLY BOOKS and BOOKS FOR GENERAL READERS
____5. [Library web site]Use BraveCat, the online catalog; try various searches; identify good book prospects
print out citations for 2-5 good books, published in the last 10 years (find some with bibliography)
find out if book is AVAILABLE at UNCP; if due date is given, ask to have the book held for you.
D. Use INTERNET RESOURCES
____6. Search the WEB (Britannica, Google) for information & sites; seek out sponsored (edu, gov) sites
L Keep records; save in file&print.
E. Use a BIBLIOGRAPHY to help you find good sources efficiently
From sources you have found, select a book or article with the
of resources on your topic.
Photocopy the most valuable page(s), identify source on the photocopy..
F. Do ORIGINAL RESEARCH and FIELD RESEARCH in appropriate locations (*one of these is required)
Interview notes, site reports, photos, etc can appear in the Appendix to your research paper..
____ 8. Do expert interview(s) or site visit/interview(s) &/or send for information from appropriate agency.
A professor or other professional may help you with your topic and your resources.
____ 9. Conduct primary or field research (take notes):
-study/observe sites, art works
-design and conduct a survey/questionnaire, interviews, or an experiment (etc)
-use/take notes on media resources: documentaries, television programs, etc.
____ 10. Use your personal library, expertise, textbooks, magazines, or resources from expert,family/friends