Tutor profile: Chelsea G.
I have so many books and articles to read for my paper - how can I possibly get the most important parts out of them in order to start writing?
Having an abundance of sources can sometimes feel like a blessing and a curse - I get it! Knowing how to review sources quickly is a skill that you will need all throughout your education but also in your professional life as well. The first thing you should do is review your professors requirements for sources to make sure they all conform - if they don’t, take those sources off your plate. When reviewing sources, use chapter titles or section subject headings to guide where you need to focus. Knowing your topic well will also help you to use a book’s index to find your keywords pertaining to your topic - thoroughly read those sections of the book most carefully. If you are reviewing articles online most library databases offer a keyword search within the article to perform a similar technique. Create a realistic schedule where you review a certain number of articles or books per a day. Take notes when reviewing and ALWAYS include properly formatted citations in your notes - this makes the “writing part” so much smoother! Putting off a source review will make it more overwhelming and make it more likely that you may not be able to relocate or you may even totally miss important sections of these sources that you have carefully cultivated.
Subject: Study Skills
How do I find study for a test for subjects like religion, history, gender studies, or sociology?
Studying for humanities subjects can throw more quantitative / science-brained people for a loop sometimes and that’s ok! First, recognizing that studying for these subjects may look different than how do you study for other things is an important first step it allows your brain to make that switch. My first suggestion is always to go through your class notes with a highlighter and highlight the phrases or words that your professor seems to repeat. These can allow you to identify connecting topics throughout the subjects you’ve covered in the course. Creating and studying through a timeline lens using the dates of events you have covered in the class can also be helpful - especially to my number-geared people out there! My favorite study technique for the subjects is to actively create a sample essay question that you think the professor would include on the test based on the ideas, events, etc. you’ve learned about, reviewing your course notes and texts, then answering them yourself. Give yourself plenty of time to study your answers, grading them and revising them to reflect the overarching ideas presented in class.
Subject: Library and Information Science
How do I pick a high quality source for my research paper?
Finding high quality materials always begins with a high quality, specific search. We can find materials by using specialized databases or by using Boolean searches and filtering in your Library’s search engine. It is always up to you, but I like to start within the Library’s search first. If the search directs us to the same databases over and over, then we can go investigate those. In the library’s search engine, I advise picking out a few keywords you’d like to see reflected in your source, filtering out review articles, filtering down to the most recently published materials, and (most importantly for your question) filtering to peer reviewed materials only.