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Research Paper
NE 201
Honora Eskridge
NCSU Libraries
September 27, 2006
The Research Process
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Define the problem scope/breadth/depth
Consider audience/where it would be
published
Select search tools and keywords
Search
Analyze results
Present information
Web Search Engines –
Yahoo!, Google, Lycos, etc.
World Wide Web – Millions of web pages!
This is the surface of the Web
Web Search Engines
World Wide Web – Millions of web pages!
Web pages containing search tools
The Deep Web
Web Search Engines
World Wide Web – Millions of web pages!
Web pages containing search tools (DATABASES)
$
$
$
free!
$
free!
$
Silos of Information
$
$
free!
$
free!
Compare looking for research articles to finding and buying an airline ticket
Searching Google doesn’t work – you have
to select the right type of database (Expedia, Travelocity).
The database is free – ads pay for it.
Discovery. You are now searching a database for a specific
document – the right ticket.
Now you choose the best document for your needs,
in this case the best flight.
Access means buying the ticket.
The ‘document’ costs money!
Searching Google doesn’t work well – you have
to select the right type of database (Compendex, Inspec).
The database costs money – no ads! The library pays for it.
Discovery. You are now searching a database for specific
documents – research articles.
Now you choose the best document(s) for your needs,
in this case an IEEE article.
Now you determine if the library owns this article
Access occurs because the library bought the journal.
The ‘document’ costs money!
Choosing Databases
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Library Catalog
Compendex
Applied Science and Technology Index
Subject-specific databases outside of
engineering
Food Science
 Medicine
 Agriculture
 Etc.
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Citing Sources
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Use any standard citation style (APA, MLA, etc.)
Use Refworks to manage citations and create
your bibliography
How to cite in the text of your paper.