Other Resources and Case Studies in Research - Study Guide. Use Your Textbook To Answer These Questions.
1. Summarize for yourself the research strategies covered so far.
2. What is ERIC, what kinds of documents does it provide access to, and what subject areas does it cover best?
3. Where do you find the ERIC database? In what format is the text of most ERIC documents from the early 1900s to the present?
4. What is the ERIC thesaurus?
5. What's the difference between ED and EJ in ERIC?
6. How useful is the Internet in finding government documents?
7. What's the main problem with locating doctoral dissertations? What avenues can you follow to get your hands on one if you want it?
8. What kind of help can you expect from a librarian as opposed to the help you get from a professor?
9. If you can't find books or articles by a person you are researching, what other option do you have?
10. If you are doing research on a person (like a president of the US), would writings by that person be considered primary or a secondary source?
1. Do a search for a topic relevant to ERIC using the Thesaurus function, adding at least one keyword to limit your search and further limiting to ERIC documents only. List at least 10 relevant documents that you retrieved in your search.
2. Try out a few of the topics below, narrow them, then locate materials in various formats (books, journals, good websites). Obviously you won't have time for a lot of in-depth work, but see what you can accomplish in an hour or two: (a) youth crime, (b) anti-semitism, (c) causes of World War One, (d) anorexia, (e) 9/11, (f) the crusades, (g) the euthanasia debate, (h) family violence, (i) homelessness, (j) issues facing the modern city, (k) hurricane katrina, (l) moral development of children.
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