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Class Summary 10/31/11

October 31st, 2011 by sandra411 · No Comments · Class Summary

Today professor started off by telling us that our proposals should be uploaded to the site as soon as possible. They all need to be completed in order to start our research. Then we moved onto our next assignment which is titled Annotated Bibliography. We will have to find three secondary sources that have to do with our investigation, these sources can be journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, author reviews etc. We then have to use databases, but in order to know what database to use we have to have a clear method.  When we look for our databases we should not just pick out the first three things off the top, but look at about a dozen of them and decide which three are the most helpful and informative. These databases are located under the Queens college website and you can access them by clicking on the top where it says Library. <— that’s the site if anyone has trouble finding it. And by clicking Find Databases you can access them right at home, but in order to do that everyone must first get their barcode activated in our library.

All these databases work differently. The first one we looked into was called JSTOR, which has around 500+ core journals.  In order to get a more specific result we should learn to rely more on the advance search’s provided in these databases. Using the right keyterms is very important when doing this. Peer reviewed journals are much more helpful and have the stamp of approval by these reviewers.

The next database we looked into was called Academic Search Complete ( not called EBSCOHost anymore) this one has over 8,000 publications and most are already peer reviewed. (Academic Search Complete is not as scholarly as JASTOR) In this database you can limit much more and find exactly what you are looking for much easier, it’s more specific. When looking through these databases we should first should start of with a broad idea and narrow it down with the right keyterms. The last database we looked at was called LexisNexis Academic which has to do with Business, History, Law, Newspapers, and Political Science. We also went over the process of finding books we need online on the Queens website.

There is  no Wednesday class, but we should be going to the library to start our research.

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