ARC 7080 Technology Thesis Report:
Research Strategies and Resources
My goal today is to introduce you to potentially new library and internet search tips and for you to feel more confident in library research and what resources are available to you.
Thinking about research
Places to find resources in the library collection (books, ebooks, theses, conference papers, scholarly journals/articles, and images/video), web resources
keyword search tips
Library Services during the pandemic
Resources Citation in APA Style
How are the creative
and research processes intertwined and informed by one another in your discipline? For you personally?
Research is non-linear and iterative, get curious and inspired by exploring your topic broadly!
You may want to learn more about:
Begin by forming a research question (this may evolve/refine)
Brainstorm keywords based on what you know & what Qs you have
Virtual Browse (books)
Related Reading (articles)
Subject Headings (all content)
Most citation management tools can help you to:
Manage PDF articles
Generate bibliographies and format footnotes or endnotes in a variety of styles
|Zotero||-Can auto-detect item types to save in Z Standalone.
-Unlimited # of private or public groups.
-Can add additional features with third-party plug-in's
-compatible with MS Word, LibreOffice, Google Docs
|-Very limited storage space w/free account if you want to store PDF's on Z server (Free account = 300 MB of Web storage)
-Although relatively easy to use it still takes some time to learn the software
|Mendeley||-Free account up to 2GB
-Free searchable online library of papers & citations.
-PDF reader with annotating and highlighting features.
Free basic account covering personal server space up to 2 GB, 100 MB Shared Library, 5 private groups with up to 25 collaborators.
Fee to upgrade storage space.
-compatible with MS Word, LibreOffice
|-Some limitations for private group creation and participation for users with a free account
-- Although relatively easy to use it still takes some time to learn the software.
- not compatible with google docs
|Endnote||-Can manage large-scale projects.
-Activity feed of the group
-HIghlighting & annotating tools for PDF's
|-cost, more difficult to learn|
Data Visualization Resources (infographics, maps, charts, etc)
Phrase your topic as a research question
Broadening Your Results
Using AND to separate two terms ensures that your results will include both those terms: landscape AND phenomenology
You can give the search more options by placing similar words in brackets, separated by OR: (design OR architecture) (green OR sustainable OR eco) (design OR architecture) ( Indigenize OR decolonize)
Architect* finds: Architect, Architects, Architecture, Architectural...
Christian* finds: Christian, Christians, Christianity...
Note: be careful where you place the *, for example, Christ* would also find: Christmas, Christo (an artist)
Narrowing Your Results
Brainstorm some keywords you could use to start a search for this research question
Brainstorm some advanced search possibilities using:
"blank blank", (blank OR blank), AND, NOT, *
Biomimetic AND (system* OR technolog*) AND architect* AND impact
Biomimetic AND (system* OR technolog*) AND architect* AND sustainabl*
Architecture AND Biomimetic AND impact
“Biomimetic principles” AND architecture
Biomimetic AND architecture AND (green OR eco OR sustainable)
“Biomimetic technology” AND “architect* design” AND impact
“Biomimetic build*” AND architecture
Currency - Is there a date the page was published or updated? How current are the cited sources? Are there broken links?
Relevancy - who is the intended audience?
Authority - is the author a recognized expert in this field?
Accuracy - supported with evidence (citations)? Peer-reviewed?
Purpose - to inform? teach? entertain? persuade? sell? Check the domain (eg: .com = commercial, .org = non-profit, .edu = educational...
What are your informed parameters and guidelines for determining authority within your discipline and practice?
Evaluating a Source for Bias
Is the information misrepresented?
Is there other important information missing?
Whose perspectives and experiences are included? Whose are excluded?
Who will benefit from the information as it is presented?
Will the information cause harm or disadvantage another?
In what ways have you examined your own worldview, assumptions, and biases through collaborative and reflective practices?
Writing, Citing, and Research Support