Tag Archives: Researching Strategies

I’d like to thank…11/13

After reading the Haupman article, it intrigued me as to how writers may publish their gratitude towards friends and/or colleagues. I understood the concept of footnotes, however, I didn’t give it much thought when it came to acknowledgements. If a person decided not to leave a footnote stating where he/she had gotten the information it may lead to unwanted legal trouble.Of course, I do read the extremely short acknowledgements, the ones that usually comes up before a story starts. But in scientific articles I have never checked to see who actually partook in the article. It is also imperative to give credit when credit is due. When authors named their contributors I never figured they would list them out in a line of who they favored above the other; I just figured it was who had the most relevant/useful information. In the other article from Vanishing Act, we are able to learn as to why sometimes footnotes aren’t there anymore. Nonetheless, sites with the hyperlink ending in “.gov” or “.org” were the most stable and reliable which shouldn’t come as a shock to any of us since we are discouraged from using websites like Wikipedia.com, Google.com. It is necessary to document any and every piece of information before we are charged with any charges against us even if we didn’t intentionally do it.

Learning About Research

Before taking this course i had knowledge of where and how to find information for research purposes. While taking this course i realized how limited i was before taking the course, I learned more ways to find resources such as scholarly work which i always seemed to have trouble finding.  Learning the new tools taught in class has enhanced my ability to conduct better research which would allow me to produce better work. Not only are these tools used for the class they can be useful to me for the future. Badke’s research tips has helped me to be able to narrow down my searches and to be aware of what to do and what not to do.

The Struggles

Research is often tedious, as it refreshing. Some difficulties that I found as I work was obtaining various court cases and documents (primary sources). When the media reports on Copyright Infringement, often, names are left anonymous and sentencing is also left in the dark. Thus, in order to successfully correlate infringement punishment and morality, obtaining court documents is a necessity. It is painstaking but its almost completed.

A strategy that I found exceptionally useful is the use of narrowing search parameters. Using “AND” frequently in search engines and databases has garnered better results than simply searching for a broad topic.

Search Engines Oct. 15

Search engines are programs that allow users to enter queries and retrieve information. Search engines are built in such a way that when we enter those queries, it presents the searcher with links to information that is most relevant to the query. I say most here because there is still a lot of work that the searcher must do to get the information appropriate for their needs. This has to do with the limits present in the search and match function in the search engine programs. The phrase “good match” explains what is happening. When the search engine matches documents, it does so based on similarity to your query, but that is not always the best match for your purpose. Although search engines are a great starting point for doing research, you need to develop other research skills to aid in effective research.