4: Articles as Information Sources:
Section 2 of 5, SEARCHING FOR ARTICLES BY SUBJECT, page 1 of 3.
SEARCHING FOR ARTICLES BY SUBJECT
This module seeks to answer the questions:
Where can I find a number of articles (and maybe some other things) on a topic I am researching?
I am looking for a specific, individual article … how can I find it?
I am looking for a specific publication (journal, newspaper, etc.) … how can I find it?
How do I know what publications are available in a given academic area, e.g., religion?
Let’s start with the first question: Where can I find a number of articles (and maybe some other things) on a topic I am researching?
Since we are making are own assignment, let’s make it something we can research from a number of angles, e.g., from the point of view of an undergraduate or graduate student, or a member of the TROY faculty or staff.
The subject we will use is jobs … the world of work.
Notice that the world of work is the subject, not the topic, of our paper or other research.
KEY CONCEPT: A subject is broad. It is the general area of our research. Topics are specific. They are limited in their scope.
In Earth Science class, an instructor may assign a research project on geology. Geology is the subject. Maybe the student is assigned a topic, maybe they select a topic.
If the subject is geology, a reasonable topic/assignment might be:
- Present an overview of the current use of technology in earthquake prediction.
- Discuss the recent eruptions of Kilauea, Hawaii’s major active volcano.
- Explain Mohs scale of mineral hardness.
- Prepare to debate on building a permanent colony on the moon.
- Create a PowerPoint Presentation explaining how celestial bodies are defined as planets.
Our subject is jobs, so we can, and will, use that to research a variety of topics ... something to keep you, the reader, involved.
A quick word from our sponsors:
Faculty: Need help teaching your students how to pick a subject or narrow down a topic?
In Module 2 of this tutorial, in the section OVERVIEW: Having a writing plan, one of the suggested resources was the book Schaum's Quick Guide to Writing Great Research Papers, available via the Library's NetLibrary database (a book database, demonstrated in Module 3 of this tutorial).
Click the thumbnail image to see a sample of what it has to say about narrowing your topic.
Just to be clear: This advertisement, so to speak, isn't to get you to read one page of one book; it is intended to reinforce the idea that the TROY Library has some good stuff out there for you, and the Library staff is available to help you get it.
Now back to our research.
Down the rabbit hole.
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