Research Journal Assignment #4

Post three times  in your blog (research journal), using the numbers, letters, and phrases in bold as the titles of your respective posts:

4a: Finding Reference Articles–Use the reference works listed here and any others you know of to find articles and definitions related to your research topic.  In your research journal, record where you looked and what kind of information you found.  Bookmark sites you may want to use in your Delicious account.

For each relevant article that you find in a printed reference work and might use, record the following information:

  • Name(s) of author(s) of the article
  • Title of the article
  • Title of reference work
  • Place of publication (include state if needed)
  • Name of publisher
  • Date of publication
  • Page number(s)

For an online reference work, you will also need the web address and the date you accessed the article.

In addition, record the following information in your research journal for each search you conduct:

  • Resource searched
  • Keywords used
  • Search strategies used (including operators and types of searches)
  • Date of search
  • Number of hits
  • Relevance of hits (on a scale of 1 to 5)

4b: Finding Books–Using any of the libraries listed here, identify books on or related to your topic (You may need to broaden your search some.) You may request books from other libraries through Prospector using your county library card number. You may also use your local public library, which you can search through the Colorado Virtual Library, or any bookstore. Once you have identified books that you want to read, go ahead and check them out, put them on hold, or purchase them. (The last option is entirely up to you.)

If you have trouble with your research, in addition to the librarians at your college and county libraries, you may use one of the ask-a-librarian services listed on the same page as the libraries.

In your research journal (blog), record the following information for each book you find that you want to use:

  • Name(s) of author(s), editor(s), translator(s), and/or compiler(s)
  • Title and subtitle of the book
  • Edition number or information
  • Number(s) of volume used
  • Name of series
  • Place of publication (include state if needed)
  • Name of publisher
  • Date of publication (copyright)

If you identify any electronic books that would be useful, you also need to record the web address, the site where you accessed it, and the date you accessed it.

In addition, record the following information in your research journal for each search you conduct:

  • Resource searched
  • Keywords used
  • Search strategies used (including operators and types of searches)
  • Date of search
  • Number of hits
  • Relevance of hits (on a scale of 1 to 5)

If you do request assistance from a librarian, either in person or online, please record the incident in your research journal.

4c:  Checking Search StringsGo to two of your classmates’ blogs (ENG 1020, ENG 122) and check their search strings (Research Journal Assignment #3b).  In a comment on that post, offer suggestions for improving their search strings or confirm that they are correct.  In your own blog, post the web addresses of the pages where you commented.

Use the department and course number (ENG 1020 or ENG 122) and other appropriate tags (”Labels” on Blogger) for each of the three posts.

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