Macro Research Tips:
"Iterate" - "perform
or utter repeatedly." Modify and repeat searches until you find what you want. Determine optimal search settings.
"Terminology" - Determine if there is specialized terminology or vocabulary for your topic. What's the "insider language"? Consider potential variations on the terms you use to search; think about synonyms.
"Like begets like" - "Mine" citations: a work on your topic may cite other works on your topic.
Micro Research Tips a.k.a search mechanics:
Group search strings with quotation marks. It's possible to use multiple groups.
Use filters and linkages to narrow or focus results
Search inside an electronic source
AGENDA - 9/23/2020 or 194 days S.C. (since COVID-19) 9:30AM
"Research methods and scholarly authority" or "Choosing good sources"
1. What is history research methodology or the historical method? How do historians do history? How will you?
2. How do you determine scholarly authority? What makes a source a good one?
(3. Finding sources by various means)
Many interesting and knowledgeable sources will not work for this project. Sources should be:
• Written by an historian (PhD or equivalent). If your author is NOT a historian, you must include a justification for why this source is appropriate for a discussion of a historical debate.
• At least 10 years after relevant events (20 years is even better)
• Contain lengthy footnotes and/or bibliography
• A secondary source, not a primary source (no first hand accounts, memoirs, diaries, letters)
• No reference books like dictionaries or encyclopedias
Use these very sparingly: