Power Literature Searching: Advanced Techniques and Resources
Oct 22, 2012
from 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm
|Contact Name||Jackie Fryer|
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Description. Conducting a comprehensive literature search for a dissertation, thesis, or other large-scale project can be a challenging endeavor, even for the most experienced researcher. How do you know if you’re searching in the right place? How do you identify the most important or influential studies on your topic? How do you know if you’ve truly found everything? Addressing these common questions from an interdisciplinary perspective, this interactive workshop will focus on managing the research process at the graduate level. Participants will learn how to construct more productive and efficient searches, as well as track citation patterns over time. We will also discuss the role of the free web in literature searches and highlight strategies for locating relevant research outside a primary domain of expertise.
Learning Outcomes. After attending the session, participants will be able to:
- Define criteria for a comprehensive scholarly literature search;
- Develop appropriate strategies for searching a vast and complex digital environment lacking in traditional disciplinary boundaries;
- Recognize valuable resources that provide insight into the larger context of the literature in a given field.
Presenters. Robert Detmering is an Assistant Professor and Teaching and Reference Librarian in the Humanities at Ekstrom Library. He teaches customized information literacy sessions in various disciplines, provides research assistance to students and faculty, and serves as collection specialist in anthropology, composition, literature, and philosophy.
Anna Marie Johnson is an Associate Professor and Head of the Reference and Information Literacy Dept. in Ekstrom Library and has been at UofL since 1995. Along with providing leadership to the department, she teaches information literacy sessions and provides research assistance in a variety of subject areas.