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SLS 6295 - Research in Library and Information Science

Resources from Class

Make a Research Plan

Research, particularly for literature reviews, often requires more than one database or tool. Depending on your topic, your research plan may start with "big" tools like Rod Library's OneSearch (everything we subscribe to, have purchased, and more!) or Google Scholar; a large database like Academic OneFile; or a subject database like Education FullText or PsycINFO.

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In general, though, here's one possible research plan:

  • Brainstorm search terms.
    • Generate synonyms, older terminology, etc., for the concepts you're interested in. You will probably discover more as you start reading articles.
    • Break down questions into subject terms.
      • For example, "how does booktalking in the school library impact reader interest and motivation?" can be broken down into booktalking "school library" ("reader interest" OR "reader motivation")
        • Watch out for words with more than one meaning! For example, when looking for studies about students who are blind, I use "blind students" instead of just blind because the terms "double blind" and "single blind" are common in academic studies.
      • As you search, you may expand your search terms. For example, instead of just "middle-grade fiction", you might search for terms like "children's literature" and/or "juvenile fiction".
  • Start with OneSearch from the Rod Library homepage. Filter search results to Peer-reviewed Journals or other useful subsets.
  • Collect some potentially-useful articles; read the abstracts and start narrowing down a relevant set.
  • Bring in Google Scholar, subject-specific databases, and/or the "snowball" techniques (using citations to find other articles--see the "Research Techniques" tab for more information) to continue finding relevant articles.

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Places to Start Searching

Databases for Education and Library Research

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Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan

If the library does not have the item you need, interlibrary loan staff will try to get it for you.