OralPresentation-guide - UGS 303 History and Philosophy of...

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UGS 303 History and Philosophy of Astronomy, Volker Bromm Library Research Guide for Oral Presentations Librarian : Cindy Fisher, cynthfisher@austin.utexas.edu | Chat w/ a Librarian : www.lib.utexas.edu/ask Finding Background Information on your Topic start here: lib.utexas.edu > Research Tools > Finding Articles using Databases > G You’ve chosen a topic, but now what? Find out more information using a source similar to Wikipedia, but created by scholars. The databases Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) has over 400+ subject encyclopedias with entries that list definitions, key ideas, important people, and controversial issues related to your topic. TOPIC: Galileo 1. When searching in GVLR, remember to use just the broad idea. If you have more than one idea, separate them out into two boxes (or three if you need more). 2. Choose Document Title to search for your word in the title of the Encyclopedia article (narrower search) or search Keyword to search for your word in the entire entry. TIPS! 3. Entries will come from different encyclopedias and each has a different focus. Look at the title of the encyclopedia to determine its perspective . Make sure to read more than one entry on your topic to get a well-rounded understanding.
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As your read through the article, find different aspects of your topic. For example, in just this short paragraph we find out three things about Galileo: 1. His last name was Galilei 2. He observed the sky using telescopes 3. He defended the theory of heliocentricity . The first gives you a more complete idea of the terminology you should use, while the last two provide insight into specific aspects you might use to explore more about Galileo. This may seem obvious, but we’ll use these ideas to construct a research strategy later. You can also search the Library’s Catalog to find print and electronic encyclopedias on your topic. Just do a search for your terms in the catalog, and make sure to double check the library where it’s located. 1.5 Get your topic approved Email Prof. Bromm and your TA to confirm that the topic you’ve selected is appropriate. 2. Brainstorm keywords to create a research plan Have you ever been stumped when trying to think of another way to describe an idea without using the same words over and over again? Using the encyclopedia entries and the different aspects you found earlier, we’ll create a research strategy to make sure this
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