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Monthly Archives: April 2017
When working on a research project, save yourself a lot of time and aggravation with one simple step. Keep track of your research trail. What is a research trail? Think back to the story of Hansel and Gretel, and those pebbles they dropped on the ground to find the way back home.
Instead of pebbles, make notes, either on your computer or in a notebook, of the sources you have searched. And also keep track of the search terms you have used. This trail or log will make sure you do not repeat the same searches, and also, if you meet with a librarian or your professor for a research consultation, you can show exactly what you have completed, and the sources you have already located. The trail notes can also help build your bibliography and footnotes later, when you are drafting your paper.
So, save yourself time, and be sure to make a trail of your research!
So you have located (with the help of a reference librarian) a few scholarly articles or books related to your research topic. Want a quick way to multiply the sources without hitting the databases or online catalog? Take a look at the footnotes!
Footnotes provide a wealth of citations to sources on your topic, primarily from other reliable academic sources. You can now take these citations, and locate them using the online catalog (for books and ebooks) or subscriptions databases and Google Scholar (for articles).
The footnotes can also lead you to authors or experts in your field of inquiry. Search the online catalog, subscription databases and Google Scholar to find additional materials these scholars have written on your topic.
So, don’t just file those research materials away. Mine the footnotes for a short cut to more sources!
Would you like some free research assistance? Someone who can get you off to a good start on a project, saving you valuable time? Come talk to a reference librarian at Whittemore Library!
Use the expertise of the FSU reference librarians to power your research project. Each reference staff member has a master’s degree in library science. So, each librarian has actually completed graduate studies on how best to conduct research – locate the best books, select the relevant databases, track down reports, and more! Some reference librarians also have additional master’s degrees in various subjects, including art history and law. Wow.
Plus, every day, the reference librarians work with the FSU online and print resources. Think of your reference staff as GPS for your research project. Get to the best sources faster. Reference is like the Waze or Google Maps of Whittemore.
How much does it cost an FSU student to sit down and talk to one of these expert researchers? Absolutely nothing. That’s right – nada, zip, rien.
What are you waiting for? Would you rather go it alone, and try to figure out the vast resources waiting for you? Or are you going to contact the reference staff? Thought so – you are smart!