REM 100 Term Paper Research Paul MacDonell: [email protected][email protected] Ask a Librarian: http://www.lib.sfu.ca/researchhelp/askus http://www.lib.sfu.ca/researchhelp/askus
REM 100 Winter 2010 7 Steps of Library Research 1. Identify your research question 2. Define your information needs 3. Brainstorm terminology 4. Select search tools 5. Apply power searching techniques 6. Evaluate search results 7. Track your citations Then write / re-start / write
Louisiana coastal land loss is dramatically depicted by these various views [of a ] USGS benchmark set in concrete in 1932 on dry land near the Elliot home on Bayou Couba, which is approximately 13 miles southwest of New OrleansThe benchmark now sits in approximately 2 feet of water, about 15 feet from the shoreline of Couba Island. Historical and projected coastal Louisiana land changes: 1978-2050: USGS Open File Report 03-334, (Revised January 2004). REM 100 Winter 2010
Katrina and Wetland Protection Louisianas unique wetlands provide our state with a buffer zone from natural disasters such as hurricanes. But our wetlands have been erodingthe federal government must join with the people of Louisiana to preserve Americas wetlands. Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, quoted on the Times-Picayune Newspaper blog 8/29/2005 and retrieved from http://www.historycommons.org http://www.historycommons.org Decades of wetland loss has brought the Gulf Coast many kilometers closer to the below sea level city of New Orleans: http://www.lca.gov/images/landloss11x17.pdf http://www.lca.gov/images/landloss8x11.pdf http://www.lca.gov/images/landloss11x17.pdf http://www.lca.gov/images/landloss8x11.pdf http://www.lca.gov/images/landloss11x17.pdf http://www.lca.gov/images/landloss8x11.pdf Wikipedia Page on the Wetlands of Louisiana Wetlands of LouisianaWetlands of Louisiana
REM 100 Winter 2010 Identify Your Research Question Environmental problems caused by human institutions, attitudes, behaviors Analyze issue from a social sciences / social theory perspective SOCIAL THEORY EXERCISE
REM 100 Winter 2010 Define Your Information Needs Analyze the parameters of your topic: WHAT (main topic, what about that topic) WHY (significance) WHEN (currency) WHERE (geographic) HOW (perspectives, type of information) WHO (significant people, organizations) Develop an outline refine as you research
REM 100 Winter 2010 Brainstorm Terminology Keywords Synonyms / broader / narrower / related Names of people, organizations as search terms TERMINOLOGY EXERCISE
REM 100 Winter 2010 Power Searching Techniques Phrase searching Truncat* Logical operators: AND, OR, NOT Keywords => subject headings TRY IT! TRY IT! TRY IT!
REM 100 Winter 2010 Scholarly Journal Articles How do you recognize a scholarly or research journal article?
REM 100 Winter 2010 Potential sources? You judge! Perin, Monica. (2003, July 11). Houston oil giant backs research project on Louisiana wetlands. Houston Business Journal. Retrieved February 23, 2010 from http://houston.bizjournals.com/houston/stories/2003/07/14/story7.html Houston oil giant backs research project on Louisiana wetlands http://houston.bizjournals.com/houston/stories/2003/07/14/story7.htmlHouston oil giant backs research project on Louisiana wetlands http://houston.bizjournals.com/houston/stories/2003/07/14/story7.html Junk, Wolfgang J. (2002). Long-term environmental trends and the future of tropical wetlands. Environmental Conservation, 29(4), 414- 435. Long-term environmental trends and the future of tropical wetlandsLong-term environmental trends and the future of tropical wetlands Frank, Christine. Hurricane Katrina: a disaster in the making for decades. Socialist Action. Retrieved February 23, 2010 from http://www.socialistaction.org/frank3.htm Hurricane Katrina: a disaster in the making for decades. http://www.socialistaction.org/frank3.htmHurricane Katrina: a disaster in the making for decades. http://www.socialistaction.org/frank3.htm
REM 100 Winter 2010 Last Steps Organize your information and write your paper Help? Student Learning Commons Student Learning CommonsStudent Learning Commons Cite your sources, e.g. APA APA Additional questions? AskUs AskUs
REM 100 Winter 2010 Final Step How do you know when youve done enough research? Ask a Librarian: http://www.lib.sfu.ca/researchhelp/askus http://www.lib.sfu.ca/researchhelp/askus
A stand of cypress trees near Indian Bayou in the Atchafalaya Basin in Louisiana REM 100 Winter 2010 Good luck with your research!