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EGL 102-051- Isaac Ewuoso - Spring 2022

Library Research Workshop Learning Objectives

Library Research Workshop Learning Objectives:

  1. Access Oakton Library webpage to find background information in order to identify keywords related to your research question.
  2. Practice searching in Oakton Library's online resources in order to locate required sources to support your research
  3. Define scholarly/peer reviewed and primary and secondary sources in order to understand how different types of information can contribute to the research question.
  4. Identify and use tools in library resources to save, organize and cite sources properly.

Resources for Finding a Topic

These two library resources are recommended for browsing for current issues based topics. To access these from off campus you will need to login with your Oakton username and password. 

Choose Your Topic Workshop Step-by-Step Handout

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Course Guide: Getting Started – Your assignment & “Choose a Topic” handout

Source #1. Credo Academic Core - DEMONSTRATION

Credo Academic Core steps

  1. Browse Topic Pages in Credo
    1. Select Homelessness
  2. Discuss Credo Mind Map
    1. Demonstrate mind mapping for "Homelessness"
  3. Narrow Your Topic with Background Information
    1. view Topic Page for "Homelessness"
    2. view Credo Mind Map and note search terms for "Homelessness"
  4. scan “Homelessness” main article
    1. note "Cite Article" icon at top of article
    2. note “Email” icon
    3. note “Listen” app
    4. note headings for concepts
    5. show MLA citation at end of article
  5. view Related Articles and click on "See more from Credo"
    1. review Titles - Note "Debate" and "Controversial Issues" titles

PRACTICE SEARCH: Source #1. Credo Academic Core

DIY: follow steps to choose a Credo Topic

  1. Choose a topic from the Browse Topic Pages list.
  2. View Mind Map
  3. View Topic Page
  4. Expand main article on topic page
  5. Click on “ quotation marks icon at top of article
  6. Click on Envelope icon to mail a copy of the article with citation to yourself.

 

Source #2. CQ Researcher – DEMONSTRATION

CQ Researcher steps

  1. Browse reports - Issues Tracker
    1. Example: Housing
  2. Choose "Homeless Students"
    1. Review sections of a CQ Researcher report
      1. FULL REPORT
      2. Introduction
      3. Overview
      4. Background
      5. Current Situation
      6. Outlook
      7. Pro/Con
      8. Chronology
      9. Short Features
      10. Maps/Graphs
      11. Bibliography
      12. The Next Step
      13. Contacts
      14. Footnotes
      15. About the Author
    2. View "Overview" and section heading questions
      1. note headings for concepts
    3. Click on MLA citation at "Cite Now" icon at top of article
    4. Click on Email to send a copy of the report and citation to yourself.
  3. Bypass “Issues Tracker” and search across reports for any topic.

PRACTICE SEARCH - Source #2. CQ Researcher

DIY: follow steps to email a CQ Researcher report

  1. Browse reports - Issues Tracker
  2. Choose a report
  3. Click on Overview
  4. Click on MLA citation at "Cite Now" icon at top of article
  5. Click on Email to send a copy of the report and citation to yourself.
  • Do-able by narrowing topic

Source #3. Opposing Viewpoints - DEMONSTRATION

Opposing Viewpoints steps

  1. Browse Issues
  2. Click on "Homelessness"
  3. Review sections of an Opposing Viewpoints Issue:
    1. On This Page
    2. Featured Viewpoints
    3. Academic Journals
    4. Viewpoints
    5. Reference
    6. Images
    7. Videos
    8. Audio
    9. News
    10. Magazines
    11. Statistics
    12. Websites
    13. Related Topics
  4. Click on "Featured Viewpoints"

a. Click on “Citation Tools” to see the MLA citation

b. Click on Email to send a copy of the article and citation to yourself.

PRACTICE SEARCH - Source #3. Opposing Viewpoints

DIY: follow steps to email an Opposing Viewpoints article

  1. Browse Issues
  2. Choose an Issue
  3. Click on "Featured Viewpoints"  
  4. Click on “Citation Tools” to see the MLA citation
  5. Click on Email to send a copy of the report and citation to yourself.

Review: During this workshop we have

  • Explored four sources to find a controversial topic.
  • Used Mind Maps and resource features to narrow a topic to write an Inquiry Content that provides:

Mind Map Your Topic: What do you already know? Ask questions to narrow your topic.  Use the attached Mind Map Blank Handwritten form:

  • Who is affected or involved?
  • Where does this happen?
  • What is involved? What is happening or has happened?
  • When did the issue start?
  • Why is this issue important to you?
  • How do you know that this topic is an arguable issue?