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Using Communication Research Sources





I.   Approaching Research
     A.  The Why?
           Research Uses Past Work to Develop Arguments


          --premises for argument
          --evidence for argument
          --helping balance reliance on authority and empirical data

premise: a statement in a logical argument that is the foundation for others drawn from it
Einstein syndrome: a misguided approach in which researchers fail to connect their "sudden breakthroughs" with lessons from others (discarding previous lessons as irrelevant)

         --evidence for argument
          --helping balance reliance on authority and empirical data
    B.  The What?
          Purposeful Library Research--Information to Get
          --definitions of key concepts and variables
          --ways concepts and variables have been measured and studied
          --summary statements about the subject
          --classic research studies
          --research that shows what methods to use
          --research that shows what mistakes to avoid
   C. The When? Guiding Yourself with a Research Outline
II. The How? Managing Research Materials
    A. Techniques for Bibliographic Research
        1.  Mastering the Library


        2.  Tactical Skills in Bibliographic Research

plagiarism: the act of using another another person's ideas or expressions in your writing without acknowledging the source
annotations: additional explanations, comments, evaluations, or criticisms to help understand material

     B.  Library Research Strategies
          1.  General to Specific
               (beginning with books and reviews to find
               key primary articles)
          2.  Specific to General
               (beginning with a few specific articles to track
               down other key articles)
III.  The Where? The Key Library Tools for Scholarly Materials
       A.  Hierarchical Systems for Books and Collections
       B.  Keyword Indices
            1.  Computer Searches and Databases
                 a. CD-ROM Sources
                 b. On-line Databases
                 c. Using Keywords
                     (steps in electronic searches)
                     1.) select keywords from the problem statement
                     2.) develop alternative lists of descriptor terms
                     3.) combine keywords
                     4.) undertake online activity
            2. Indices and Abstracts
IV.  Using the Library
      A.  Conducting the Library Session
      B.  Troubleshooting in the Library
            1. When the source is unavailable
            2.  When there is "no information on my topic"
            3.  When the journals are missing
            4.  When the material is technical and complex
V.  Using the Internet
subject tracings: keywords that indicate other subject headings under which a source is listed