Dr. Jo Anne Harris' English 1102 Classes Spring 2011
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.
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:
Find these Resources using various search methods:
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?
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.