FS 111 Examined Life
Instructor: Robert Lair
The Plan - Researching Your "Memoir Project"
After an introduction to the library resources, you will use class time to research and gather information as it applies to the memoir you will be writing. 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?
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:
The impact of the Vietnam War on Masculinity in the 1960's
Ho Chi Min
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
Oxford English Dictionary
Electronic full text version of the most complete historical dictionary of the English language.
Online reference source. Search online literature encyclopedias and dictionaries.
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
The encyclopedia of sixties cool : a celebration of the grooviest people, events, and artifacts of the 1960's / REF CT120 .S76 2007
The sixties in America / editor, Carl Singleton REF E841.S55 1999
Day by day, the sixties / by Thomas Parker and Douglas Nelson. REF OVER D840 .P27
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
- The Sixties: The Years That Shaped a Generation
Search for books, DVDs, and other resources in the Durick Library:
- Books, DVDs,
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
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:
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: Pacific Northwest Tree Octupus