Doing research,
or just finding sources?

key practices + resources for
critical inquiry

 

GSST 015: Transgender Worlds // 01-20-2017
Sarah Elichko (selichk1) --
Social Sciences Librarian

Research:

• Acquisition

• Inquiry

two common models

Research-based writing:

To be successful, writers must regard their [research] materials...as intrinsic elements of the texts they write and as extrinsic things that exist outside of those texts.

- Joseph Bizup

 

a paradox

Doing research:

Focus on acquiring sources in service of a question

Adapt your search to the context of your sources

 

a practical approach

Differentiate between search and research

           Research = larger process of inquiry
           Searching = seeking partial answers
                    

Focus on acquiring sources in service of a question

Avoid directionless tab overload --
instead, keep track of each part of the process

Using a search log

Avoid directionless tab overload!
          Research = larger process of inquiry
          Searching = seeking partial answers

Key elements:

- Write down your question(s) and interest(s)
- Where you searched (JSTOR, Tripod) and when
- What you did (which keywords? advanced search?)

- How well did it go?  What did you gain?  What's next?
 

Contexts of academic writing
           Academic writing is dialogic
           Disciplines influence
                discourse, questions, expectations
               
research practices and tools
                    

Adapt your search to the context of your sources  

Google Scholar traces citations
Academic research tools include:
    Library catalogs (e.g. Tripod)

    Databases of academic journals
                    

Use academic + discipline-specific research tools

Research guide for this course:

http://guides.tricolib.brynmawr.edu/gsst015

 

Contact Sarah (selichk1)
Office hours @ McCabe Research & Info Desk
Wednesdays 1-3 PM
                    

Research advice