During your library sessions, you will be learning the basics of how to conduct college-level research. Your instructor and the librarians have developed these sessions to help you complete your research assignments as successfully as possible. After the sessions you should be able to:
Determine keywords related to your topic.
Find books and articles on your topic.
Determine the difference between a scholarly and popular article.
UIC Library Tutorial: Constructing a Successful Search
How to Search Like a Librarian
Link to first video in this sequence of asynchronous instructional videos for English 160 and 161 above. This will take you to the YouTube Playlist including the following videos which you can also view individually:
Research can be messy, but that's okay. You may end up changing your topic as you go, and you may not follow these steps in order. As long as you cover them all, that's research.
Making a Mind Map of Your Topic
Mindmapping, or concept mapping as it is also called, can be an effective way of brainstorming. By plotting out your topic in a visual manner, you can discover connections and identify any missing pieces. It's also a great way to develop keywords and synonyms for database searching.