Research Workshop

ENVS 032: China, Brazil, and the

Global Food Environment

Sarah Elichko
Social Sciences & Data Librarian

 

What guides your searches (for sources)

- acquisition or inquiry?

Research = larger process of inquiry

Searching = seeking partial answers

how scholars use sources

BEAM Model


Background • establish context,
         considered a
uthoritative


Exhibit • interpreted, analyzed
         range from simple --> complex


Argument • claims are affirmed, built

         on, or contested

Method • derive a way of working,
         an approach

BEAM:

Framework for thinking about your sources in terms of the functional roles they [might] play in your paper

(Joseph Bizup, 2008)

how scholars use sources

BEAM Model


Background • establish context,
         considered a
uthoritative


Exhibit • interpreted, analyzed
         range from simple --> complex


Argument • claims are affirmed, built

         on, or contested

Method • derive a way of working,
         an approach

1. Open your your research plan and questions document (or related notes).

 

2. Are there any sources you expect to use for background?

 

3. Are there scholarly sources whose arguments you expect to build on? Challenge?


 

Searching for Sources

• Start with the ENVS 032 Research Guide.
       • Go to tripod.swarthmore.edu
       • Search for global food
       •
Link for ENVS 032 under Research Guides

 

Searching for Sources

• Go to Finding Relevant Scholarly Sources.

• Choose one to search:
    - ProQuest Social Sciences
    - JSTOR: Sustainability Collection
    - GreenFILE


• Click the yellow S (circle) to connect.

Searching for Sources

• Search for your topic in the database.
• Look over your results -
    - How many are there?
    - Do they seem relevant?

• In a new tab, repeat this search in another

  database. Compare your results.

Improving your searches:
Within a specific research tool

- Search for synonyms
       (synonym1 OR synonym2 OR synonym3)

- Use filters to narrow down results
       By year, by subject

 

Improving your searches:
Changing your research tools


Look for combinations:

• ProQuest Social Sciences + PRISMA
• GreenFile + Bibliography of Asian Studies

 

 

• Document your process

• Save consistently

• Annotate sources

Three ways to stay organized
while doing research: 

{ ideas, searches, sources }

{ done & to-do }

{ while you still remember }

Research Advice tailored to your project

Sarah Elichko (Social Sciences Librarian)
• Office hours: Tuesdays, 11-1 + Wednesdays, 1-3
       -- At McCabe Research & Info Desk

• Schedule an appointment online
       -- Link on Research Guide
 
• Email: selichk1@swarthmore.edu