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AIS 304 Research Strategies

Research process

Research process: assignment, develop topic, words to search by, types of resources, find and evaluate, write and cite

Getting Started


Develop topic – write down specific alternative words – narrow topic
Search for books

Think of different ways to express the same idea:


    Legal Issue Group of people Other terms
    Grave goods Indians of North America
    specific tribes
    casinos First peoples  
    mineral rights native americans  

How call numbers work:

Reading call numbers


Map it / send text

Search articles

Types of periodicals: scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers

Resources found

Google books Google Scholar / VPN

Evaluating Web Sties

The domain name is a key:





Google Logo


Content & Coverage






Citing your Sources : Online

MLA handbook. REF LB2369 .G53 2002

Writing research papers : a complete guide / James D. Lester, James Lester, Jr. Reserve Room: LB2369 .L4 2002

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Last Updated: 06-Oct-2010