- I like Wikipedia. I know that it has its limitations, but I enjoy reading articles and discovering where the contentious issue are in a subject area. Do you know what Wikipedia article focuses on CSP?
- For more on Wikipedia, read William Badke's "What to do with Wikipedia."
Welcome to the Leslie F. Malpass Library, the mothership of the Western Illinois University Libraries. I am happy that your professor chose to introduce you to the library and basic research strategies through this brief session. We will cover a lot of ground this morning, but I assure you that my colleagues and I will be available to help you during the research process. For more on help, view our Ask a Librarian page.
- become familiar with standard information retrieval tools in CSP
- create and execute effective and efficient searches for journal articles, books, research reports, etc.
- retrieve the full-text of desired bilbiographic items
- manage contents with Delicious, My Ebsco Host, and Zotero
Elements of Genuine Research
- False research assumes that the task is merely to gather data and synthesize it. Thus the typical student “research” project involves amassing data, reading and absorbing it, then regurgitating it back onto a fresh piece of paper. (p. 17, Badke, Research Strategies)
- Genuine research injects an analytical question. All genuine research starts with a question which then can be turned into a thesis statement.
- As you read the articles that you find through the research process, keep in mind that you are developing a working knowledge of the topic. Your research should be directed by the literature and the conversation that has already begun between scholars.
- A common error among graduate students is to create research questions out of thin air, not grounding them in the literature. If you spend time at the beginning reading for working knowledge, you will find that the questions appear, and that they are rooted in real questions that are being researched by scholars.