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RESEARCH ON THE SOUTHWEST. Professor John R. Chávez
Whenever you are searching for information ask yourself:
am I looking for?
Background information, general overview, very specific or specialized information/analysis
should I look for this information?
Search engine looking at open web, library catalog, general database, specialized database
Should I use the Simple/Basic search or the Advanced search option?
am I searching?
Natural language search using key words, or subject term search,or Boolean search (AND, OR, NOT)
is responsible for this information?
Who created this information? Who published it? Who is hosting it online?
Gathering Background Information
As you get started, you can get ideas from class discussions or readings.
(You can also look at the bibliographies of class readings, and search for those items if they sound relevent)
If it is a topic you are just getting started with, look for background Information in
Reference resources allow you to:
Gain familiarity with the topic
Identify more specific aspects of the topic on which to focus
Provide context and identify differing perspectives
Identify experts related to the topic