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Library Instruction Goals
This guide should help you:
Form an approach to initiating an assignment.
Identify the use of information sources based on the type of information (i.e. books for background)
Use keywords from a research question or statement to search.
Distinguish differences between popular and scholarly articles.
Explore topics for your paper or project. What motivates you?
Explore the library's information resources.
Start to gather information for an assignment.
Draft & revise with help from librarians & departments in the GAC
Assignment and research approach
Sometimes, a structured approach to research can help to organize ideas and the way you think about information sources:
1. Explore topic basics (casual web searching)
2. Background (library catalog: books)
3. Current research (library databases: journal articles)
4. Support your argument (source citation)
5. Drafts & revisions (research librarians & learning commons)
ENVR 300 MyClasses Assignments
This is a link to your MyClasses portal, and a list of your assignments for the class. What we're doing in the library will connect directly to your class!
Your first assignment for the class is the annotation of a journal article - you should leave the library today with possibilities for this assignment, if not the article you'll ultimately choose.
This builds into your annotated bibliography later in the semester, then a full-fledged research paper. You will be using APA.
For this assignment you will be using APA as your citation style.
RefWorks is a "next-generation" citation management tool that can help researchers cite sources in all of styles most commonly used at SU like APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian, ACS, AMA, and thousands of others. With this tool, researchers can gather, organize, read, annotate, and cite their research sources. Plus, RefWorks creates an online collaboration space that enables groups of researchers to work together from any location.
RefWorks User Guide
Learn more about RefWorks here.