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CMN432 Professional Communications for Engineers

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Lecture Objectives

After today's lecture, you will:

  • start to evaluate information more systematically
  • be able to formulate a search strategy
  • know how to use a library database
  • know where to ask for research help

Databases and articles

Learning Objectives: Understand why we use articles in research and the benefits of using library databases.

 

What are“articles”International Studies Quarterly

 

Articles, especially “peer reviewed” ones, are written by researchers, professors and other experts.

 

They contain:

 

  • expert knowledge

  • are double checked for accuracy,

  • have good research methods and

  • focus on a specific topic/issue.

 

We recommend articles because they will help you answer your research question and because they represent the type of research and writing you should be aiming for in your own assignment.

 

You might also find an article that disagrees with your argument. Incorporating “dissenting” sources into your paper and debating their merit with your other supporting sources is exactly what scholarship is about! Scholarly writing is a conversation and a debate between your ideas and your sources.

 

 

 Remember that accuracy and quality of information matters.

 

 

 

 

What are databases?

Article databases act like search engines for scholarly articles, magazine and newspapers. They can help you…..

  • search for subject-specific articles

  • get the full text of the article for free. Click on the “Full Text” or the "Find it" button in the results to connect to the full text.

  • cite the article you find in APA, MLA etc., (look for the “cite” button or link)

 

Why databases are awesome!
Databases are designed to help make your life easy! They offer key features like:

 

  • Full Text in PDF or HTML (Just look for the “Full Text Link” or the “GET IT” link).

  • Narrow your results to only “Peer Reviewed”

  • Email the Article to yourself

  • Show you how to Cite your article in APA (or another citation style you need)


    Here’s an example from our ProQuest Database:

    ProQuest Database Result page - arrow points to CITE link in the top right corner


     

Find articles using Search Everything

Find articles using “Search Everything” in 4 steps

1. “Search Everything” is the search box located on RULA’s homepage.

2. Type in your keywords

 

example of search everything interface

 

3. “Search Everything” lets you limit your search by peer reviewed articles (look on the left side of your screen)

4. When you see an article you’d like to read  - click on the “full text” link.

 

Example of Search Everything result page

Example of search everything result page