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WR 121 Argument Essay (Sather)

TO GET TO THE COCC LIBRARY WEBPAGE:

https://www.cocc.edu/departments/library/


WHAT IS YOUR TOPIC?

Explore library resources before you get too settled on your topic–let your search results help determine the direction of your topic.  If we don’t have a lot of information on your first topic “angle”, then let what you DO find inform a new direction for your research!


CHOOSE THE RIGHT KIND OF RESOURCE FOR WHERE YOU ARE IN YOUR RESEARCH!

Don’t know a thing about your topic?  Go to online encyclopedias first to get that essential background information.

Do you already have a lot of information on your topic, but need to update your knowledge, or substantiate it with current research?  Go to article databases!


KEYWORDS

Keywords can be an essential part of your research process.  Think, what are the essential concepts in my topic?  What combination of single words (or in some cases, phrases) represent that essential concept?

Unlike Google, most library resources do not do natural language searching–you need to distill your topic down to the key, most essential words.  Example:  for my topic, I’d like to argue that students on the autism spectrum can succeed in college.  Keywords for this topic would be:  autism  / college / student.


ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIAS–USE IF YOU LACK BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE!

Online encyclopedias can provide wonderful background information for your topic, making your book and articles more successful.  Start at the COCC Library webpage.

Look for the Students box and click on the link Resources.

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Then look for the Resources by Type link.  Scroll down a bit, and you’ll see the Encyclopedias and Dictionaries image.  Click on it to get to our online encyclopedia collections.

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Here’s some direct links to some of our more comprehensive resources:

Credo Reference Online

Gale Reference Online

Explore some other options for locating background information at COCC’s collection of online encyclopedias at
http://guides.cocc.edu/resources-by-type/reference


USE ARTICLE  DATABASES FOR…UH… ARTICLES–USE IF YOU WANT CURRENT, SPECIFIC INFO!

Article databases let you search on your topic to locate academic, scholarly articles OR, in the case of this class, general magazine and newspaper articles.  Barber Library purchases these databases for you to search–this is different from searching on Google or other “free web” search engines!

Get to COCC’s Barber Library list of databases at http://guides.cocc.edu/az.php.

You can also start with our COCC Library webpage and click on the Resources link again:

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Then choose:

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Take a look at the Resources by Subject link as well–it will list the best article databases and online encyclopedias for specific subject areas.

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GENERAL DATABASES  PARTICULARLY GOOD FOR YOUR WR 121 ARGUMENT ESSAY:

Oregon Newspapers


ARGUMENT RESOURCES!


NON PRINT RESOURCES

Statista (statistics and infographics)

Films on Demand

Kanopy


TO SEARCH A JOURNAL ARTICLE DATABASE:

Journal Article Database Search Hints

  • start with keyword searching when available

  • use ” ” for phrases
    example: “parks and recreat*”

     

  • use * to locate endings to words (truncation).
    example: communit*

     

  • use boolean commands
    example: recycl* AND communit*

    example: (art* OR music*) AND communit*

     

  • searches can be specific

  • full text articles may be e-mailed, downloaded or printed from the screen.

  • other articles  may be ordered via inter-library loan.

Why not just use Google to find your information? BECAUSE the library search tools we offer get you to the information you need fast and effectively.  Library search tools such as  library catalogs, databases and online encyclopedias give you FREE, FAST and FACTUAL information so that you can complete your writing research assignments!


CITATION FORMAT

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/
http://www.cocc.edu/library/citations/


HELP IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE!

Need help finding some information? Are you new to databases and want to find an article? Do you need help printing a document? The LIBRARY INFORMATION DESK on the main floor of the library is the place to go when you have a question!

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Here’s Barber Library’s open hours: https://www.cocc.edu/library/hours/

You can also talk with librarians 24/7 via our chat service located on the
Barber Library web page:

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Or e-mail us at: refdesk@cocc.edu.

Or call us at: (541)383-7567.

 

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Healthcare Data Collections-HIT 281

The goal of this information literacy session is to help students have a better understanding of authoritative, reliable resources available through COCC’s Barber Library.


TO GET SOME ARTICLES, USE ARTICLE DATABASES:

Journal article databases let you search on your topic to locate academic, scholarly articles.  The library purchases these databases for you to search–this is different from searching on Google or other “free web” search engines!

Start with our COCC Library webpage and click on:

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…then click on:

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Then choose Health Sciences from the menu:

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Once you are at Barber Library’s Health Sciences Guide, look for the blue menu button for articles–this will lead you to links for our databases in the Health Sciences:

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Some database highlights that may be particularly helpful for locating  articles on HIT topics are:

Academic Search Premier
Associates Programs Source Plus
CINAHL (Cummulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature)
Health Reference Center Academic
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
MEDLINE
MEDLINEplus
Nursing and Allied Health Collection
Nursing Resource Center


TO SEARCH MULTIPLE DATABASES AT ONE TIME:

Some database vendors allow you to search multiple databases at one time.  Ebsco is one of these.  Start with Academic Search Premier or Associates Program Plus (both of these databases are published by Ebsco).  Get to the search form and look for this link:

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Then click all the databases that apply to your topic:

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Then click on OK…then go back to your search form.  This way, you can search four to five databases at a time!

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TO SEARCH A JOURNAL ARTICLE DATABASE:

Journal Article Database Search Hints

  • start with keyword searching when available

  • use ” ” for phrases
    example: “electronic health record”

     

  • use * to locate endings to words (truncation).
    example: statist*

     

  • use boolean commands
    example: “electronic health record*” AND “patient safety”

     

  • searches can be specific

  • full text articles may be e-mailed, downloaded or printed from the screen.

  • other articles may be located via inter-library loan.

 


WHOOPS, DO YOU NEED TO GET SOME BACKGROUND INFORMATION?

Sometimes you can get to searching journal article databases and you realize you really need to locate some background information so you can understand the articles you’ve retrieved.  So, back up, and get to the Health Sciences Guide again (http://guides.cocc.edu/health) and look for the blue menu item named Reference:

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That will lead you to our two huge collections of online reference encyclopedias:

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MORE HELP:

Oh, and don’t forget!

You can always stop by or call the Barber Library Information Deskref….

 

 

 

 

 

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Use our 24/7 chat service listed on every subject guide:

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Or e-mail us at:  refdesk@cocc.edu.


APA FORMAT:

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/05/



 

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Children’s Lit & Curriculum

TO GET TO THE COCC LIBRARY WEBPAGE:

http://www.cocc.edu/Library/


ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIAS:

Online encyclopedias can provide wonderful background information on your author!

Start at the COCC Library webpage. Look for the Encyclopedias and more link  Here’s some direct links to some of our more comprehensive resources:

Gale Literary Sources

Credo Reference Online

Gale Reference Online

Explore some other options for locating background information at COCC’s collection of online encyclopedias at
http://www.cocc.edu/Library/reference/


USE JOURNAL ARTICLE  DATABASES FOR ARTICLES:

Journal article databases let you search on your topic to locate academic, scholarly articles.  The library purchases these databases for you to search–this is different from searching on Google or other “free web” search engines!

Get to the COCC Library Databases webpage.

 DATABASES  THAT MAY BE USEFUL FOR CHILDREN’S LITERATURE:

Gale  Literary Sources

Academic Search Premier

MasterFile Premier

Educators Reference Complete

ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)

The New York Times

Newspaper Source

The Oregonian

 


TO SEARCH A JOURNAL ARTICLE DATABASE:

Journal Article Database Search Hints

  • start with keyword searching when available

  • use ” ” for phrases
    example: “children’s litera*”

     

  • use * to locate endings to words (truncation).
    example: child*

     

  • use boolean commands
    example: child* AND litera*

    example: (art* OR music*) AND child*

     

  • searches can be specific

  • full text articles may be e-mailed, downloaded or printed from the screen.

  • other articles  may be ordered via inter-library loan.

Why not just use Google to find your information? BECAUSE the library search tools we offer get you to the information you need fast and effectively.  Library search tools such as  library catalogs, databases and online encyclopedias give you FREE, FAST and FACTUAL information so that you can complete your writing research assignments!


CITATION FORMAT

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/
http://www.cocc.edu/library/citations/


HELP IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE!

Need help finding some information? Are you new to databases and want to find an article? Do you need help printing a document? The LIBRARY INFORMATION DESK on the main floor of the library is the place to go when you have a question!

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Here’s Barber Library’s open hours: https://www.cocc.edu/library/hours/

You can also talk with librarians 24/7 via our chat service located on the
Barber Library web page:

NewAsk_a_Librarian

Or e-mail us at: refdesk@cocc.edu.

Or call us at: (541)383-7567.

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WR 121 (Dorothy Leman)

INTRODUCTION/PURPOSE/OUTCOMES:
Learn/review how to use online encyclopedia resources for ‘pre-research’, defining and focusing a topic, determining key search terms for a topic, and gaining background information.  Identify and send at least one online encyclopedia article to your own email.

Learn how to get to and access key article databases for your topic.  Learn how to perform basic keyword searching within article databases (including using the title limit function and truncation).  Identify and send at least one article to your own email.

Bonus: Learn how to access and appropriately cite images.


TO GET TO THE COCC LIBRARY WEBPAGE:

http://www.cocc.edu/Library/


ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIAS:

Online encyclopedias can provide wonderful background information for your topic, making your article searches more successful.  Start at the COCC Library webpage. Look for the Encyclopedias and more link  Here’s some direct links to some of our more comprehensive resources:

Credo Reference Online
(look for Credo’s “Mindmap” option that can help to focus your topic!)

Gale Reference Online

Explore some other options for locating background information at COCC’s collection of online encyclopedias at
http://www.cocc.edu/Library/reference/


USE JOURNAL ARTICLE  DATABASES FOR ARTICLES:

Journal article databases let you search on your topic to locate academic, scholarly articles.  The library purchases these databases for you to search–this is different from searching on Google or other “free web” search engines!

Get to the COCC Library Databases webpage.

GENERAL DATABASES  

Academic Search Premier

MasterFile Premier


TO SEARCH A NEWSPAPER ARTICLE/JOURNAL ARTICLE DATABASE:

Journal Article Database Search Hints

  • start with keyword searching when available

  • use ” ” for phrases
    example: “parks and recreat*”

  • use * to locate endings to words (truncation).
    example: communit*

  • use boolean commands
    example: recycl* AND communit*

    example: (art* OR music*) AND communit*

  • searches can be specific

  • full text articles may be e-mailed, downloaded or printed from the screen.

  • other articles  may be ordered via inter-library loan.

Why not just use Google to find your information? BECAUSE the library search tools we offer get you to the information you need fast and effectively.  Library search tools such as  library catalogs, databases and online encyclopedias give you FREE, FAST and FACTUAL information so that you can complete your writing research assignments!


IMAGES

Images can help add interest and visual information to your topic.  Start at the Library homepage.

Look for the Multimedia link.  Scroll down and look for Image Quest.

Search for images on your topic.


CITATION FORMAT

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/
http://www.cocc.edu/library/citations/


HELP IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE!

Need help finding some information? Are you new to databases and want to find an article? Do you need help printing a document? The LIBRARY INFORMATION DESK on the main floor of the library is the place to go when you have a question!

ref

Here’s Barber Library’s open hours: https://www.cocc.edu/library/hours/

You can also talk with librarians 24/7 via our chat service located on the
Barber Library web page:

NewAsk_a_Librarian

Or e-mail us at: refdesk@cocc.edu.

Or call us at: (541)383-7567.

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WR 95

TO GET TO THE COCC LIBRARY WEBPAGE:

https://www.cocc.edu/departments/library/


ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIAS:

Online encyclopedias can provide wonderful background information for your topic, making your book and articles more successful.  Start at the COCC Library webpage.

Look for the Students box and click on the link Resources.

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Then look for the Resources by Type link.  Scroll down a bit, and you’ll see the Encyclopedias and Dictionaries image.  Click on it to get to our online encyclopedia collections.

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Here’s some direct links to some of our more comprehensive resources:

Credo Reference Online

Gale Reference Online

Opposing Viewpoints

Explore some other options for locating background information at COCC’s collection of online encyclopedias at
http://guides.cocc.edu/resources-by-type/reference


USE ARTICLE  DATABASES FOR…UH… ARTICLES:

Article databases let you search on your topic to locate academic, scholarly articles OR, in the case of this class, general magazine and newspaper articles.  Barber Library purchases these databases for you to search–this is different from searching on Google or other “free web” search engines!

Get to COCC’s Barber Library list of databases at http://guides.cocc.edu/az.php.

You can also start with our COCC Library webpage and click on the Resources link again:

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Then choose:

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Take a look at the Resources by Subject link as well–it will list the best article databases and online encyclopedias for specific subject areas.

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GENERAL DATABASES  PARTICULARLY GOOD FOR YOUR WR 95 ESSAY:

MasterFile Premier

Opposing Viewpoints

Oregon Newspapers


TO SEARCH A JOURNAL ARTICLE DATABASE:

Journal Article Database Search Hints

  • start with keyword searching when available

  • use ” ” for phrases
    example: “parks and recreat*”

     

  • use * to locate endings to words (truncation).
    example: communit*

     

  • use boolean commands
    example: recycl* AND communit*

    example: (art* OR music*) AND communit*

     

  • searches can be specific

  • full text articles may be e-mailed, downloaded or printed from the screen.

  • other articles  may be ordered via inter-library loan.

Why not just use Google to find your information? BECAUSE the library search tools we offer get you to the information you need fast and effectively.  Library search tools such as  library catalogs, databases and online encyclopedias give you FREE, FAST and FACTUAL information so that you can complete your writing research assignments!


CITATION FORMAT

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/
http://www.cocc.edu/library/citations/


HELP IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE!

Need help finding some information? Are you new to databases and want to find an article? Do you need help printing a document? The LIBRARY INFORMATION DESK on the main floor of the library is the place to go when you have a question!

ref

Here’s Barber Library’s open hours: https://www.cocc.edu/library/hours/

You can also talk with librarians 24/7 via our chat service located on the
Barber Library web page:

newask_a_librarian.png

Or e-mail us at: refdesk@cocc.edu.

Or call us at: (541)383-7567.

 

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Study Strategies

Learning Outcome For This Session:
Be able to find, read and summarize an academic, peer-reviewed journal article related to study strategies.


Information Literacy–What Is It?  

 

 


Tools For Information Literacy:

The Campus Library Webpage at http://www.cocc.edu/Library provides the tools you need to locate books, background information and articles.


Databases For Locating Journal Articles On “Study Strategies”:

The most important tool you need to achieve this session outcome is article databases.

Look for the Articles and More link to access journal article databases.

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Journal article databases let you search on your topic to locate academic, scholarly articles.  The library purchases these databases for you to search–this is different from searching on Google or other “free web” search engines!

Here’s a few databases (from our list of over 100!) that might be especially helpful:

Academic Search Premier
Academic One File

Educators Reference Complete
ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
Professional Development Collection

Take a look at the Resources by Subject as well–it will list all databases and online encyclopedias for specific subject areas!


Search Techniques For  Journal Article Databases:

  • choose to limit your results to full text
  • explore pull down menus that let you choose to limit your search to article titles
  • start with keyword searching when available
  • use ” ” for phrases:  “study strategies” 
  • use * to locate endings to words (truncation)
  • use boolean commands: study AND strateg* 
  • full text articles may be e-mailed, downloaded or printed from the screen

How to Read Academic Research Articles:

◊ Read the abstract, introduction and discussion/conclusions first.

◊ Based on that first quick read, try to answer these questions:

  •   What is the article about?
  •   What point  are the authors trying to make?

◊ Now, read the entire article.  Underline the three or four most important points.

◊ What question did the researcher seek to answer?

◊ Who participated in the study?

◊ What was the answer to the research question?


Citations:

http://www.cocc.edu/library/citations/


Getting Help:

https://www.cocc.edu/library/ask/

Ask a Librarian

Email a Librarian EMAIL us at refdesk@cocc.edu

Call a Librarian CALL us at 541-383-7567

Reference Desk Stop by the Information Desk during the Library’s open hours


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African American Literature Research

 

BEFORE YOU START:

For your research projects on African American history and cultural production in the Pacific Northwestern United States, the library recommends a variety of print and electronic resources.  Not all of these are specific to the Pacific Northwest, so you will need to narrow your focus as you read and research.

It may seem that there is just not enough information available on African Americans in the Pacific Northwest–but that’s where you as a student researcher can make an impact!  These resources will be built over time.  The information you locate and piece together now will help researchers in the future.


LOCATING BOOKS USING OUR ONLINE CATALOG:

Try doing a subject heading search for  African Americans West  (U.S.) .  Students may have to use the table of contents or the index to get to sections that are specific to their area(s).


ENCYCLOPEDIAS FOR BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

Access these by using the links below or going to our online reference page at: http://www.cocc.edu/library/reference/.

For print items, use the call numbers listed to locate the item in the COCC Library.

Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History – 2nd ed
Online Access (Gale).

Encyclopedia of African-American Writing  2013
Online Access (Credo)

Encyclopedia of African American Artists 2009
Online access (ABC-CLIO books)

Finkleman, Paul Encyclopedia of African American history, 1896 to the present : from the age of segregation to the twenty-first century
Barber Library Reference (E185 .E5453 2009 )

Trial Resource (available until 4/24):
History Research Center: African American History
Online access for limited time period.  (InfoBase)


LOCATING JOURNAL ARTICLES USING DATABASES:

Secondary Journal Articles

Artemis Literature Resource Center
Academic One File
Academic Search Premier
JSTOR

Project Muse
US History in Context

Primary Source Articles

The Advocate (Portland)
The New York Times – Historical
Oregon Newspapers – Historical (Full-Text)

Oregon Newspapers – Historical (Index Only)
Seattle Times Historical Archive
(use this to locate citation information–then ask Cat about locating articles).
Washington Newspapers via America’s News
(includes Seattle Times and Seattle Post Intelligencer back to mid 1980’s)
Washington Online Historic Papers

Google News Archives


WEBSITES:

Historylink.org
The Free Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History
http://www.historylink.org/. Do a search for African American.

The Oregon Encyclopedia
A project of the Oregon Historical Society, http://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/. Again, search  by typing in African American (use the menu to the left to search both the Oregon Encyclopedia and Oregon History Project; may also specify “Themes” such as Arts and Literature)

BlackPast.org, Remembered and Reclaimed:
An Online Reference Center for African American History
http://www.blackpast.org/.  Developed by Dr. Quintard Taylor and Associates.

Describing itself as the “Google for African American History”, this prize winning site features a 3000+ entry online encyclopedia, the complete text of nearly 300 speeches by African Americans and other people of African ancestry from 1789 to 2012, more than 140 full text primary documents, and nine major timelines.

African American History in the American West
“This site, created by Professor Quintard Taylor at Washington State University, is a gateway to the vast and growing array of information on the lives and histories of the millions of African Americans who have and continue to make the West their home.”
http://public.wsu.edu/~amerstu/mw/afam.html

Northwest African American Museum
May also want to contact (call or email) the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle http://naamnw.org/.

National Museum of African American History and Culture
https://nmaahc.si.edu/


 

 

 

 

 

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