POTENTIAL SEARCH WORDS FOR THE THEME OF RACE AND ETHNICITY
WHY BACKGROUND INFO? An overview or background info of your broad topic area helps you understand:
HOW? Click on the library databases below and type BROAD SEARCH WORDS relating to your topic, such as: mass incarceration
NEXT STEP? Click on the next tab above ("...THEN find books, videos, articles") to dig deeper and focus your search.
HOW to find books, videos and articles?
1. Click on the HOLMAN LIBRARY ONE SEARCH below and COMBINE SEARCH WORDS relating to your topic, such as: mass incarceration racism justice
2. In the LEFT-HAND COLUMN of the search results page, FILTER YOUR SEARCH by...
You can also use Google Scholar or Google Books to find sources:
If you can't find the full text of an article or book (through library databases or through Google Scholar or on the web), you can request it through Interlibrary Loan. Through this service you can usually get copies of articles in 3-4 business days and books in 8-10 days.
1. FIRST, you will likely need to perform several searches with different search words
search #1 = online dating
search #2 = internet dating
search #3 = dating websites
search #4 = online dating culture
search #5 = online dating norms
search #6 = "internet daters" attitudes
2. NEXT, filter by "Reference Entries to give you basic background about your topic.
3. THEN filter by different source types - Peer-reviewed, Books and Audio Visual can be helpful types of sources
4. Results may include online sources AND hardcopy sources available on library shelves
1. Does the source list a publication or “last updated” date? Where?
2. How current must information for your topic be? Why?
Is older, historical info important for your topic? Why?
3. Where do the source’s facts or info come from? How can you tell?
4. Does your source take the time to go through a review or editing process before it is published? How do you know?
5. What are the author’s or organization’s qualifications, credentials, expertise, affiliations, experience?
6. Is the author an authoritative person or organization? What makes the author “authoritative” for your topic?
7. Why is this info being published? To inform, teach, sell, entertain, persuade, other? How did you determine this?
8. Does the publisher/sponsor have biases? How did you determine this? Is bias acceptable for your topic?
To find video segments in the "Contents" area: Click the carrot or the arrow at the bottom of the video player
1. Place in-text citations in the body of the paper to acknowledge the source of your information. This is meant to be a shortened version of the full citation that appears on the final page of your paper.
2. Place full citations for all your sources on the last page entitled References or Works Cited (different citation styles require different titles). Full citations are meant to provide readers with enough information so that they can locate the source themselves.
3. APA or MLA are citation styles. Each has different guidelines for how source information (author, title, year...etc.) should be formatted and punctuated for both in-text citations and for the References or Works Cited pages
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Find a librarian on staff at the information desk during the library's open hours. This is the best way to contact us if you are on campus, need immediate assistance or have a lengthy or complicated question.
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