Welcome to the Research Fundamentals guide for Professor Jaeger's ENGW1102: Research and Argument! I have created this guide to help prepare you to find, evaluate, and use information for your third and final essay.
In this guide, you will find:
1) Developing a Topic: Research is more than "finding the right quote for this paragraph", and the process can often take you in directions that may surprise you. Topic development is so important, because you do not want to box yourself into a topic for which there is no information, or too much information. In this section, you will find an overview of the topic development process and what to expect.
2) Search Strategies: The "how" of searching for information. Tips and tricks you can use in the library's databases to help you find quality information related to your topic. Many of these search strategies can also be applied in Google Scholar. For information on how to set up Library Links in Google Scholar (to ensure that you are getting access FDU resources), see the Google Scholar LibGuide: http://fdu.libguides.com/googlescholar
3) Evaluating Information: Not every piece of information you find will be appropriate or useful for your purposes. This section will provide you with some tools for evaluating information for credibility and usability.
4) Scholarly vs. Popular Literature: A basic overview of the difference between scholarly and popular literature.
5) When & How to Use Library Databases: How to find the right library database for your particular information need. *This section also includes some recommended databases for your project.*
Remote (off campus) access to the FDU databases is available only to FDU students, faculty, and staff.
To access a database from off campus, select it from the library's A-Z Databases List. You will be prompted for your FDU NET ID and password. Upon verification you will be given access to the database.