Getting Started on the Research Process


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  • The most intelligent and successful people surround themselves with others who know more than they.

  • Make your project a successful one by surrounding yourself with the library staff: they know more than you do.
  • Did you know that, like scholars, librarians have different areas of expertise?

  • Their job is to help you and they are ready willing and able to do so.

    Itís easy to find the right librarian

  • If at all possible, work at a computer on the second floor of the library.

  • The computers there are located next to the reference desk, which is where the reference librarians work.

  • Reference librariansí area of expertise is research.

  • They know how and where to locate info.

  • You will often find reference librarians walking the computer isles announcing that their willingness to help students.

  • Be smart and work on the second floor. If you have a question or a problem, then go to the reference desk and ask for assistance or advice on the best way to proceed.

  • Give the reference librarian some useful information.

  • Tell him or her what topic you are researching, and that you need two books and many articles on the subject.

  • Ask how to search various microfilm/microfische collections.
  • Make certain to stress that you are only interested in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Turn one hit into many

  • Did you know that books on similar topics are shelved nearby one another?

  • When you locate a book and go to the shelf, take a moment to carefully examine the books on either side of it.

  • Chances are they too are books that relate to your topic.

  • Mine the library shelves.

  • Did you know that journals often devote an entire issue to one topic?

  • If you pull an article from a shelved or stacked journal, then look through the table of contents and think about the titles of the other articles.

  • They too may relate to your topic.

  • Mine the journalís table of contents.

  • Recap

  • Ask the reference librarian.

  • Give the reference librarian useful information.

  • Turn one hit into many.

  • Mine the library shelves.

  • Mine the journalís table of contents.