A) First steps
- Your OneCard is your library card. New cards should be automatically registered.
- You will be asked to login when accessing paid resources from off campus
B) Finding a focus
- Developing a research question (5:07)
- Write five possible research questions
- Getting great results: narrowing your search (3:02)
- How to narrow topics using a few techniques
- look up keywords for your topic in a specialized encyclopedia of dictionary:
- read each source as you go along; each one will lead to more
- keep track of where you look and the keywords you use (this is part of the assignment)
- use a variety of sources: articles should be from more than one journal
- start early (library staff can deliver items from other libraries)
- Find two books or book chapters
- Use the Omni to identify books at Laurier, the Universities of Waterloo and Guelph, and the Annex
F) Scholarly articles
- Find three scholarly academic articles
- Identify articles using a database:
- Communication Studies @ EBSCOhost
- Articles for Communication Studies and related disciplines. Limit search to scholarly (peer reviewed) journals and language = English.
- CBCA Complete
- Articles from Canadian publications. Start here for Canadian topics. Limit to peer reviewed.
- Look for full text links or try the "Get it at Laurier" button for more options
- Tracking down citations from a list of references?
- Try Omni
- No luck? Search journal titles
- What if you're still not sure if it's a scholarly article?
- Look for the journal's homepage online, search for the "About" page, or a page that outlines the publishing process and whether it is peer-reviewed or not
- Search for the journal in Ulrichsweb: determine if the journal is "refereed" or not
G) Other resources
- CS100 Video: Researching the annotated bibliography, Module 1 (5:24)
- CS100 Video: Researching the annotated bibliography, Module 2 (6:37)
- CS100 Video: Researching the annotated bibliography, Module 3 (8:48)
- Creating an annotated bibliography (3:37)
- Improving Your Thesis Statement (5:25)
- How to find scholarly books (3:04)
- APA style: citation examples
Having problems? Don't hesitate to contact me: email, call (519-884-0710 x3912), drop in, or make an appointment. My office, L3-310, is one floor up from the main floor of the Library on the Waterloo campus. Come up the stairs, then walk straight ahead.