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English 1301 - Martin, Amanda: Research Assignment

Find sources about your chosen major or career choice

Searching as Strategic Exploration

Purpose:

Students will understand how to create a flexible search strategy for an assignment

Skills: 

S.1.  Utilize divergent (brainstorming) and convergent (e.g., selecting the best source) thinking when searching;

S. 2.  match information needs and search strategies to appropriate search tools; and

S. 3.  use different types of searching language appropriately.

Knowledge: 

K. 1.  Realize that information sources vary greatly in content and format and have varying relevance and value, depending on the needs and nature of the search; and

K. 2.  recognize the value of browsing and persistence.

Activity

1. Take out a sheet of paper and write your major or career choice at the top of the page.

2.  Brainstorm the Five Ws that pertain to your topic.

3.  Discuss 5 Ws with your neighbor.

4.  Using your 5Ws, what keywords will be valuable in searching for sources on your topic?

5.  Search your topic in one of the Tools using your keywords.

6.  Find one book and one article that may be relevant to your research and email it to yourself. 

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Apply the 5 Ws

Apply the 5Ws to help you get started with your research

Search Examples from Tools

Vocational & Career Collection

Trade and industry publications including American Machinist, Modern Machine Shop, Pediatric Nursing, Wireless Week, Drug Store News, Reeves Journal, Hotel & Motel Management, Restaurant Business, Advertising Age, and more.

Screenshot of Vocational and Career Collection

Off-campus access

Library databases require a login from off-campus!

  • ACES username is required for login
  • ACES password is your password for login

What does the login page look like?

 

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