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Research guide for Dr. Jo Anne Harris' Spring 2011 English 1102 classes

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Your Class:

Dr. Jo Anne Harris' English 1102 Classes Spring 2011

Your Research:

Throughout the semester, you will be researching the Caribbean island you have chosen and topic(s) of your choice related to that island. You will be considering the "history and origins of contemporary Caribbean culture" (from your syllabus) through your research. 

Please see your syllabus and assignment sheets for specific assignment-related information.

This guide has been created to help students navigate the Library and its various research and multimedia resources.  If you have questions or would like to set up an appointment, please contact Sherri or visit the Information Services Desk in the Main Library.

Before you Begin Your Research

Create a Search Strategy - Once you have a topic (whether general or specific), but before you begin your search, spend some time thinking about the types of resources you will be looking for and the keywords you will use to find what you need. 

Consider looking for information in various formats:

  • Books or book chapters
  • Journal, magazine, or newspaper articles
  • Websites
  • Films/Music

Find these Resources using various search methods:

  • GT Library Catalog & GIL Universal Catalog - search these to find books and book chapters on your topic that are either available at Georgia Tech or can be delivered here for your use.  (You may also find some information using a Google Book search, but be aware that you usually will not be able to access the full content of a chapter).
  • GT Library Databases - use these to search for journal, magazine, and/or newspaper articles on your topic.  Some databases will also include citation information for books and book chapters, conference proceedings, and more.  See the tab for Articles/Databases above for more information on what databases may be useful for your research.
  • Websites -  look for credible websites - make sure you know who is posting the information and whether he/she has credibility and information to back up their claims.
  • Films - you may want to see how a particular topic was dealt with in particular films - look in the Library Catalog for films you can check out from the Library, or look online for film clips from YouTube or similar sites.  We also own some documentaries on people and events that may prove useful.
  • Music - Unfortunately, we do not have a music collection at our Library. However, you may be able to find selections of music online or through another area library. 

Evaluate the Resources and Informa tion found:

Don't blindly accept the information you find! Consider the source of the information and its context.  Ask yourself key questions when evaluating source information:

Credibility - Who wrote or created a particular work? Is he/she an expert in the field of study?  Is the piece from a peer-reviewed journal or a popular magazine? If it is a book, who published it - a university press, a trade press, a vanity press?  If it is a website, who sponsored it?

Currency - How up-to-date is the information? Depending on your topic, you may need to rely on older resources, or you might need the most current scientific data available.  If you are using a book or article, note when it was written.  For a website, look for both when it was created and when it has last been updated.

Reliability - Does the person writing the piece have a possible agenda - how biased is the information presented?  Are references included for information? Do you trust the source? Does the information in this work match what you have read in other sources?

Relevancy - How relevant is the information to your research needs? Is  there something else that would fit your needs better?

Adapted from: Taylor, Terry. “Evaluating Information.”  100% Information Literacy Success. New York: Thomson,  2007. 101-39, &
Evaluating Information: Applying the CRAAP Test. Meriam Library, California State University, Chico.
http://www.csuchico.edu/lins/handouts/eval_websites.pdf.  Oct 1, 2008. 

 

 

 

 

 

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