Review some research tools you know:
Using AND to intersect your concepts
television AND women
Using OR to broaden your concepts
(women or mother* or girl*)
Using the * to truncate your words-let the end of the word vary
democra*--->democracy, democratic, democratically etc.
What database am I connected to?
What subjects does it cover? What items does it contain? (full text articles, citations, or both? or something else?)
I will give a brief overview of two databases:
you might also consider JSTOR
Preparing your search
You have done this is groups; now apply the process to your personal topic(s)
Take a few minutes to think about your topic, then
Make lists of terms that represent your concepts:
Example: " I am looking for images of the military in the media and examining how sex roles are depicted."
Concept 1 Military Concept 2 Media Concept 3 sex roles
militar* or weapons television or women or feminis* or masculin* or sex roles or....
or soldier* or army.. film or advertis*
If you know of any subject headings or find them later in the process of searching, jot them down as well.
I will give you a 2 minute warning-please scan your worksheet after class or send an email with the text if you prefer to firstname.lastname@example.org and cc email@example.com.
Spend some time researching your personal topic using any combination or databases you wish.
During this time, think about your research process-too many results? Not enough results? trouble settling on a topic? problems using the databases? We will have a brief discussion on your research process at the end of class.
As you search, find one article (if you can) that you could recommend to the whole class. Post this article using the comments link for this box.
Discussion of exercise.
Read for Thursday: