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            Veterans' 北京福利彩票 Library Resource Guide: Research Tools and Tips

            The Research Assignment Calculator

            The Research Assignment Calculator offers step by step guidance on planning your assignments, be they papers or presentations.  Click here to go to the Calculator.

            The Research Process

            Graphic of a magnifying glass

            Step 1: Identify and develop your topic

            Graphic of a cartoon lightbulb

            Step 2: Do a preliminary search for information

            Cartoon image of a cart of books

            Step 3: Locate materials

            Cartoon image of man with two thought bubbles: one bubble with a check mark inside and one with an x.

            Step 4: Evaluate your sources

            Cartoon image of a coffee cup, a clipboard, and a pen

            Step 5: Read your sources and take notes

            Cartoon image of a stack of books, a computer, an ipod, a hand taking notes on a notepad, and a computer and keyboard.

            Step 6: Write your paper/ project (Don't forget to cite your sources properly!)

            Analyzing the Abstract

            Abstracts fall into two different kinds; the informative and the indicative.

            Informative abstracts follow the organization of the paper and address these key points.

            • Purpose -states the purpose of the research
            • Method - method used to gather the research or data
            • Results- Brief statement of the result or conclusion

            Indicative abstracts do not always follow the structure of the paper and provide a content summary, either of the argument of the document or the contribution made to the understanding of the topic or the issue

            During the research process, reading an Abstract can help you to determine whether a source is worth reading all the way through or not.

            Search Tips

             

            When you first begin doing research, you may get hundreds of thousands of search results, which can make the research process overwhelming. However, there are a number of ways you can refine and focus your searching to make your list of results more manageable.

             

            Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) can help you to limit or expand your search.

            • AND: Searching for both terms, i.e. WWII AND Italy
            • OR: Searching for either term, i.e. WWII OR Italy
            • NOT: Searching that excludes sources on a given topic, i.e. WWII NOT Italy

             

            Gil-Find, Galileo Discover, and many subscription databases enable you to refine your results beyond using boolean operators. In most interfaces, you will find a menu on the left hand side of the screen (like the one pictured here), which will allow you to make decisions on what to include or exclude from your search results. Limiting by subject and language can be particularly helpful.

             

            Refining your search results using the limiters provided by a given database can help your search results to be more focused, and more manageable. 

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