AWR Notes-Section C&R.docx - Chapter 11 Research Techniques Methods of Collecting-Tips and research tools that you can use for all

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Chapter 11 Research Techniques Methods of Collecting -Tips and research tools that you can use for all assignments -Figure 11.1 reference guide to finding key topic in this chapter Research in the Electronic Age -Infinite amount of info on any topic -Spend more time evaluating what you find -Terms used to find topic info will make a difference on how reliable the info is -The library which is in part to organize info -Research Routines -College researcher needs to be more flexible -Look wider and deeper -Power Searching Using Google -Refine and improve the effectiveness of search terms -Google Scholar -Power Searching in the Library -Controlled Language searches and Boolean Operators -Combining Terms Using Boolean Searching -Using words lie AND, OR, and NOT -Using Controlled Language Searches -Consult the Library of Congress Subject Headings -Do a keyword search Developing Working Knowledge -Apply research strategies for developing “working knowledge” and “focused knowledge” on your topic -A strategy for Developing Working Knowledge -Combine the Internet and the library
-Refine the Research Question -Craft a stronger research question Developing Focused Knowledge -Grows from a well-crafted research question -Library Research: A Strategy for Developing Focused Knowledge -Best articles on your topic -Books that aren’t online -Read current periodicals -Searching for Books -Online index for books -Searching For Periodicals and Newspapers -General Subject databases -Specialized databases -Genre-specific databases -Government document databases -Web Research: A strategy for Developing Focused Knowledge -Maximize Coverage -Maximize Relevant Results -Find Stable Sources -Find Quality Sources -Advanced Internet Research Techniques -Use several search engines -Evaluating Library Sources -Use a method to analyze and evaluate research sources -Evaluating Web Sources -Be skeptical of websites -An Evaluation Checklist for Wed Sources -Relevance -Authors
-Source -Verifiability -Stability Research with Living Sources: Interviews, surveys, and Fieldwork -Sometimes the best way to get info is to ask someone -Interviews -Living breathing human -Arranging Interviews -The kind in which the interviewee is the main subject of your piece, as in a profile -The kind in which the interviewee is a source of information about another subject -Conducting the Interview -The questions depend on the type of interview you’re conducting -Control the interview -Using the Interview in Your Writing -Focus on someone involved in the research question -The Online Interview -Opens up new possibilities for researchers who want to contact people for interviews -Finding People Online -Through Organizational Affiliation -Through a web document -Through a search function -Through discussion groups and listeners -Contacting Someone for an Online Interview -Proceed courteously -Surveys -Carefully crafted questions -Defining a Survey’s Goals and Audience -Useful source of info when you’re making some kind of claim regarding what people think
-Two Types of Survey Questions

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