This assignment information is from your course syllabus.
Due on Week 6. Students may select their own groups.
Each group will select a research topic they wish to explore and create a group or “research team” The groups’ research topic will be the focus of this assignment and the final research proposal poster presentation.
This assignment is to prepare a literature review.
Each of the group members will read a number of potential sources for the literature review (these can be research articles, book chapters, etc. that you think are relevant for the topic of your interest). This way each group will have at least 10 sources reviewed for the proposal. Then, each member will share the individual summary with the group.
To begin organizing the review of the articles, it is recommended to use the grid below, but if you have your own strategy that proved effective, feel free to use it.
Author, Title & Country
Source & Audience
Philosophical Paradigm & Design
What is missing?
Plan your keyword searching strategy.
Click the tab for "Articles" at the top of this page for link to relevant databases and tutorials on finding articles.
To find articles, you start with an "index" - a database that describes published articles. Search the database, look at the descriptions for the articles that interest you, then follow links to the full-text of the articles. It's a process that can take some time and careful planning.
See the tutorials for "Finding Articles" and "Keyword Searching" to understand how to use the indexes most effectively. Much of this material has been covered in the library presentation given in class.
Click the tab for "Research Reports" at the top of this page for information on finding them.
Research reports are excellent sources of information on previous research studies. They are often full descriptions of the research done by a social service organization, similar to the proposal you're creating for this course.
I'll be attending your class to go over the process of using library resources to find books, articles, and research reports on the following dates:
Click the tab for "Books" at the top of this page for sample e-books available through the Trent Library, useful the Library Catalogue search strategies, e-book databases, and tutorials relevant to finding books.
The Library Catalogue is the best place to start your search for books. It contains brief descriptions of books available on our shelves, and links to e-books that have been purchased by the library.
Many of our newer books are purchases as e-books. In most cases, you can follow the link in the Library Catalogue to open an e-book on your desktop. Our e-book packages usually offer options for saving books to review later, making notations as you read, and printing sections.
The majority of our available e-books are listed in the Library Catalogue, but there are also links to the provider's sites where you can search for other e-books available. These searches may suggest books not available to Trent, unless you limit your search to those available. We don't always have access to every book on the site.
You can search the catalogues of other university libraries, and request an "Interlibrary Loan" for a book. This is a service that borrows books from other libraries and makes them available to you. Physical books will be shipped to our library for you to pick up, and must be returned by the due date. Sometimes a chapter of a book can be emailed to you, if that's what you request.
Depending on how busy the sending library is, and on how completely and accurately you complete the order form, these loans will be available to you within a few days or up to several weeks.