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Library Course Guide for: CATALYST

Introduction to Scholarly Literature Research

Researching and Using the Research

1. Pick the topic.

Ideas from lectures and readings

Ideas from media - scholarly web or popular

2. Identify major concepts to be researched and determine alternative/variations in terms

3. Do preliminary research to find what is out there or what is not; identify more alternatives/variations in terminology

Traditional Josiah Catalog online catalog for coverage of the major concepts in print and electronic books (keyword, authors, titles of books and chapters) and relevant journal titles (not articles)

Discovery Service (to be named) left side - more complete search of all Brown University Library digital sources including Josiah (print and electronic), digital collections of images, and Brown Digital Repository (BDR); right side - primarily articles from scholarly literature sources to which the Library subscribes or which are publicly accessible on the searched topic.

ebrary for ebook resources on major concepts; need ebrary reader downloaded to view and save.

Academic Search Premier for the big picture

Lexis-Nexis Academic for current and cutting edge documents in newspapers, newswires, and magazines

4. Focus topic and concepts for intensified research.

5. Article-level finding

Academic Search Premier - use category/subject search to get relevant hits efficiently

Web of Science - use Cited Reference Search in Science Citation Index Expanded database to find; focus on authors and who they cite and who cited them.

Google Scholar - use to find cited bys not in WoS; quickly find if Brown has access to a reference in a paper with FindIt@Brown Full-text

6.Keep records of references checked - RefWorks, EndNote, or other

7. Write report with proper attribution for the works of others - check links on copyright and writing. Watch out for PLAGIARISM errors.

8. Learn from the experience to streamline research and write the next report for any discipline.