Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Craft of Research: Chapter 5...plus two non-surprises

Non-surprises first: China is intolerant. The U.S. is more honorable than its naysayers. Both good reads.

Chapter 5 is about finding sources based on the possible research questions you come up with. List:

  • Reference librarians - their job is to be asked questions (but do have specific ones)!
  • Encyclopedias, dictionaries, bibliographical guides, card catalogs, and research guides.
  • Experts - explain your project, then listen for source ideas.
  • Interviews - these make good primary sources, but plan beforehand.
Bibliographical trails
  • Look for possible sources in a book's preface, bibliography and index. Write good-looking ones down.
  • Next, sift out the most relevant literature, allowing for interesting/exotic sources too.
Next...how to use those sources!

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