The first step in successfully researching a topic is to build your SEARCH MAP.
Your search map is a list of keywords and phrases that will help you find the most effective sources for your project.
Start with your assigned topic, and add keywords that narrow the results more specifically to your needs. For example:
EagleSearch on the library's homepage is a great place to start looking for keywords.
Make a note of the most useful keywords on your worksheet.
EXAMPLE KEYWORDS AND PHRASES FOR "STRING THEORY"
The library has a large collection of databases to find academic journals. A great place to start is EagleSearch, which looks for articles, books, ebooks, images, streaming media, DVDs, and more in a single powerful search.
Use the "Advance Search" option for EagleSearch to use multiple keywords, and to select the specific source type you are looking for.
For more, searching power, check out the following databases:
For each of your resources, you are asked to evaluate each source.
Evaluating your sources help you decide if a book, article, website, or other resources is best suited to your research needs.
Use these supplementary questions to help you complete your worksheets.
Before starting discussion in your group, read over the prompts below.
As the "authoritative" researcher for this source type in your team, it will be your job to present the two resources you selected to the group, answer any questions they have about the content, and facilitate further discussion.
2.a. What is the overall focus of these sources? In what ways are they similar/different? What about these sources are useful to you? What isn't useful?
2.b. In what tone is the topic presented? Is it factual (non-biased, a straight-forward report) or is the author trying to persuade the reader?
2.c. Who do you think the intended audience is for these articles? Why?
2.d. Do you see any gaps in the presented information? What is one question you have after examining the resources?
2.e. (As your other teammates present their own sources to the group) Do you notice any connections between these sources and the ones mentioned by your team? Do they fill any of the identified gaps?