module 8

To complete this module Read the Objectives. Read the module contents below and review previous modules as needed.

Then complete the exercise set for the module.


1. Choose a topic that interests you and that is:

not too broad - with hundreds of books and articles written about it, as in the examples below:

AIDS, drug abuse, South Africa, Civil War

not too narrow - with nothing or only one or two articles written about it, as in the examples below:

the effect of drug abuse on the athletic performance of 18-year-old hockey players in Argentina

a comparison of the marketing strategies of two barber shops in Harrisonburg, VA

2. Finding background information will help define and focus your topic Background Information Button.

3. Identify the main concepts of your topic and generate a list of search terms and subject headings for each. Use these search terms in reference books, LEO, and Research Databases & Resources.

the effect of television viewing on aggressive behavior in teenagers

Make a list of additional keywords or phrases for each concept


television viewing
aggressive behavior


4. Search for articles and books in Quick Search Quick Search. Quick Search searches for books and articles in one search, but may not be specific enough for specialized topics. Library Delivery is available to have a book sent from one campus library to another.

5. Search Subject Specific and specialized databases listed on the Research Databases & Resources R2. Remember to use the links to full text or request articles through Article Delivery.

6. Look in Periodical Locator to determine whether periodicals are available online or in JMU Libraries.

7. Locate biographical material when searching for information about a person.

8. Locate statistical information if needed.

9. Carefully identify quality Internet sites (.edu .gov .org)

10. Evaluate all sources carefully, especially information you find on the Web.

11. Cite sources in the style that your professor recommends.   CheckCite provides examples for APA, MLA, and Turabian styles.

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