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EN 101 Writing 1

Instructor:  Cory McCullough

Librarian: Steven Burks
Office: Library 210
Phone: ext 2354
Email: sburks@smcvt.edu
My Reference Hours: Variable, I work Tuesday evenings
this semester: 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Appointments: Contact me via phone or email
General Reference Hours: Mon to Thurs (10 am - 9:00 pm)
Fri (10 am - 5 pm) Sunday (2 pm - 6 pm)

BrainStorming - http://jesimarie.blogspot.com/2011/04/b-is-for-brainstorming.html


The Plan - Research Your "Investigative Project"

After an introduction to the library resources, you will use class time to research and gather information to address the topic of your choice. The last 10 minutes of our session we will review the information you gathered.  How do you evaluate the information sources you found, particularly as it relates to sources you use when writing a paper. 


Search Statement

It is helpful to start with a search statement that defines your topic.  Use the main topics of your search statement to determine keywords that will be useful to research your topic in book and article databases.

Example Search Statement: 

Africa and Masculinity in Hemingway's Short Stories

Masculinity Africa Hemingway
macho Kenya biographies
machoism bush criticism
mannish safari travels
gender game first wife
virile lions marriage
virility buffalo
colonialism
hunting

Consider which subject field your research topic falls under. History, English Criticism, Anthroplogy... Find the subject guides for a specific field of study to lead you to resources to research your topic


Reference:

Oxford English Dictionary
Electronic full text version of the most complete historical dictionary of the English language.

Britannica Online

Credo Reference
Online reference source.  Search online literature encyclopedias and dictionaries.

Reference Universe
A searchable database of the Saint Michael's College Library reference collection.

CQ Researcher - Balanced review of topical issues - abortion, drug use, etc

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center - An online library of current event topics: the facts as well as the arguments of each topic's proponents and detractors.

Print Reference Sources - Biographical, Gender Studies, Country Studies
I'll bring to class a variety of Reference Works you can use


Article databases:

General Articles

Research by Subject  - You may choose different research search engines by subject using the Research by Subject link.

Newspapers - Use the News Quick Search

Old (primary) newspaper articles from the 1900's - Historical Newspapers

Newsreels, documentaries - American History in Video


Books

Search for books, DVDs, and other resources in the Durick Library:

Library Catalog


Evaluating Your Sources
  • Scholarly/Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
    Start identifying sources that either "primary" (the original peer reviewed research or secondary) See --Checklist: What are Peer Reviewed Research Journals
  • Evaluating and Selecting Resources
  • Primary Sources
  • Evaluating Internet Sources
    Remember to evaluate Internet information for bias or being backed by special interests.  Actually, information from any source should be evaluated by:

    Authority,
    Accuracy
    Objectivity (Bias)
    Currency
    Coverage

    Be cautious of any source that can not provide that information. (Review The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: or, Why It's a Good Idea to Evaluate Web Sources)

Example sites to evaluate

Crayfish Territoriality

Learn What Matters