Tutor profile: Boston B.
Research papers require doing research in order to support the claims you want to make in your paper. How can you make it easier to collect and organize your research?
There are different tools which help researchers and students in academia to collect and organize the information they gather. Examples include: BibMe, RefWorks, EndNote, Mendeley, CiteULike, KnightCite, EasyBib, Zotero, and others. While some of these services charge a fee, most universities support their students and research faculty by providing a free subscription to one or more of these tools.
Subject: Library and Information Science
Suppose you are trying to gather information on a topic in cellular biology for the purpose of a research paper. You know that you can go to your school’s library homepage and there will be a search bar where you can enter key terms. Is restricting your search to this particular search bar sufficient in gathering data for your research paper?
No. Most of the time, the search bar offered on a library homepage does not do a full search within all the databases that university offers. In fact, most of the time that search bar is very limited in which databases it can access. It is often necessary to navigate to relevant databases individually and use that vendor’s interface in order to gain access to the fullest extent of articles offered.
Some articles published in opinion columns and can provide relevant perspectives for use in research in academia. Name a relevant factor in distinguishing which opinion columns are strong sources of information and which are not. Does it have to do with the opinion itself?
One distinguishing factor in determining which opinion pieces are relevant for use in academia has less to do with the opinion itself and more to do with the sources on which those opinions are based. For example, supporting an opinion piece with data published in respected, authoritative journals may result in insightful perspectives which furthers a body of knowledge, whereas attempting to support an opinion piece with more opinions or data collected without adhering to strict methodology is not considering appropriate for use in academia.
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