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- Professor Olga López-Valero Colbert
- Fall 2020
- Spanish 5334
Whenever you are searching for resources ask yourself:
- What am I looking for?
- Background information, general overview, very specific or specialized information/analysis ?
- Remember: The same information you use to cite a resource is the same information you can use to help asses a resource.
- Where 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?
- Suggestion: If you are using a database heavily, use advanced search, and look in the help section for suggestions on how to construct your search.
- How am I searching?
- Natural language search using key words, or subject term search,or Boolean search (AND, OR, NOT)?
- What language do i want my resources to be in?
- Some databases have language options/filters
Gathering Background Information
As you get started, you can get ideas from class discussions or readings.
If it is a topic you are just getting started with, look for background Information in reference resources.
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
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