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English 102 Cause and Effect

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The Research Process

  1. Choose your topic.
  2. Create your search strategy.
  3. Search for resources.
  4. Evaluate.
  5. Search again and evaluate.
  6. Use the information for your paper.


Class Activities


1. Choose your topic.


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2. Brainstorm on this essay.

Create a model for your essay.

Identify where you will need more information.

  • Use W Questions and one of the concept mappers.
  • See Searchpath Module 2 for help exploring a topic.


    Model 1--Cause with effects

    Cause and effect 1


    Model 2--Effect with causes

    cause and effect 2


    Model 3--Chronology

    cause and effect 3


    3. Create a search statement.

  • Use important words or phrases from the concept map.
  • Connect words and phrases with correct Boolean logic (and, or, not).
  • Put phrases in quotation marks "".
  • Use truncation * for work endings.
  • See Searching tips for help.
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    4. Find information on your topic.



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    Use a catalog.

    Use LIBROS with these search tips.
  • Use a few really important keywords.
  • Take advantage of subject headings.
  • Use "Advanced Search" to combine search terms.
  • Limit by date, material type (books, visual materials).
  • Search people "Last name, first name."
  • Note complete call number and if item is checked out.
  • See Searchpath Module 3 for help using LIBROS.

  • Other possible library catalogs:


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    Use a database.

    Choose a database and use these search tips.
  • Use the Advanced Search feature.
  • Use a separate line for each concept map idea or cut/paste your search statement into one line.
  • Connect keywords with Boolean logic.
  • See the Searching Tips for additional help.
  • Limit to full text.
  • Limit to scholarly, peer reviewed
  • See Searchpath Module 4 for help using databases.
  • For info on authors, try one of these databases:
  • For info from newspapers, try one of these databases:
  • For "pros or cons" topics, try one of these databases:
  • For "any" topic, try one of these "ALL PURPOSE" databases:
  • The complete list is on All Databases.
  • A list of selected databases by subject is also availabe at Databases by Subject.
  • Web info

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    Use a search engine.

    Choose a search engine and use these tips.
  • Use an Advanced Search feature.
  • Use truncation.
  • Limit by domain name.
  • See the Searching Tips for additional help.
  • See Searchpath Module 5 for help with searching the web.


    5. Evaluate results.

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    Use Evaluating Webpages or the Evaluation Form for help.


    6. Use your info
    (Write, annotate and cite)

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    Strategies for citing resources

    Is it cited properly?

    Strategies for writing annotations.


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