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Research is not as linear as you may think. As you find yourself discovering new information, your research question or hypothesis may change, and that's OK! Here are the basic steps involved in writing a research paper; the percentages hint at the effort/time required of each step, but this can vary depending on your topic. Remember that the beginning part of your research is likely to be the most difficult. Librarians are standing by to help!
1. Identify a topic - 5%
2. Brainstorm - 10%
3. Gather background information - 15%
4. Focus your research - 30%
5. Write your paper - 40%
What are keywords? I think they function a bit like tags. So you know that #jwu and #johnsonandwales will find you different sets of information, but they refer to the same thing. Keywords work kind of like this - you’ll want to explore synonyms or similar words that relate to your concept to make sure that your search is an effective one.
You will need to brainstorm a list of keywords in order to start your search. Include synonyms for each of the topics you want to search. This worksheet can help you plan your search. Once it is complete, use AND and OR to connect your keywords.
You can access all library databases here.
The library has a guide that can answer some of your questions about MLA. Click here
If you use the library's databases for your research, you can copy and paste pre-generated citations - look out for the option as it may appear differently in each interface but is generally represented by an icon of quotation marks.
Break up into teams
1. Name your team
Mode, Nicolle A., et al. “Race, Neighborhood Economic Status, Income Inequality and Mortality.” PLoS ONE, vol. 11, no. 5, May 2016, pp. 1–14. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0154535.
Gillies, Benjamin. “Worker Cooperatives: A Bipartisan Solution to America’s Growing Income Inequality.” Harvard Kennedy School Review, vol. 16, Jan. 2016, pp. 26–31. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=115477096&site=ehost-live&scope=site.
“Income Inequality in America Is the Highest It’s Been since Census Bureau Started Tracking It, Data Shows.” Washington Post, 26 September, 2019, washingtonpost.com/business/2019/09/26/income-inequality-america-highest-its-been-since-census-started-tracking-it-data-show/. Accessed 12 Dec. 2019.
Annunziata, Marco. “Income Inequality: What Do The Measures Really Tell Us?” Forbes, https://www.forbes.com/sites/marcoannunziata/2019/10/09/income-inequalitywhat-do-the-measures-really-tell-us/. Accessed 12 Dec. 2019.
Dadush, Uri B. Inequality in America : Facts, Trends, and International Perspectives. Brookings Institution Press, 2012. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=465582&site=ehost-live&scope=site.
Abrahamian, Atossa Araxia. “The Inequality Industry.” Nation, vol. 307, no. 8, Oct. 2018, p. 12. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ulh&AN=131746047&site=ehost-live&scope=site.
US Census Bureau. (September 10, 2019). Percentage distribution of household income in the United States in 2018 [Graph]. In . Retrieved December 12, 2019, from https://www-statista-com.jwupvdz.idm.oclc.org/statistics/203183/percentage-distribution-of-household-income-in-the-us/
3. In your group, search for one article using the library "Articles" tab OR search for a credible source on the internet.
4. Construct a citation using the MLA citation template with your team.
5. Post your citation here
You can use this free citation generator (but there are often problems with the citations generated, so you have to proofread the citations!)
1. Break up into your teams
2. Each person from the team will be assigned a different database to learn.
3. Database groups get together and learn to navigate the database. Fill out page 1 of the worksheet.
4. Come back together in your original team.
5. Each team member gets to "teach" or share with the rest of the team their database. Fill out page 2 of the worksheet.
Group 1: Academic Search Complete
Group 2: CQ Researcher
Group 3: Opposing Viewpoints
Group 4: Business Source Complete
Group 5: Regional Business News
Group 6: Statista