REES 110/177/220: Guide to research about Russia, Eastern Europe & Central Asia: How to do Research

Student guide to doing research for REES 110 Introduction to Russia and Eastern Europe and REES 220 Societies and Culture of Eurasia

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How to Do Research: Getting Started

Cover ArtUse The Craft of Research to help conceptualize and develop your research project.

Chapter 3: From Topics to Questions guides you through the process of asking questions until you arrive at the research question you want to answer.
Chapter 4: From Questions to a Problem helps you shape your questions into a hypothesis that will give your research project direction.  
Chapter 5: From Problems to Sources guides you through the process of finding relevant and authoritative information.

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Boolean searching (DuQuesne U)

Where to start searching

Where to Start Searching

IMPORTANT! The tool that you should use to start searching for sources depends on the nature and scope of your topic. For some topics, you might want to start searching the Library Catalog for books. For other topics, you may need to begin by searching the journal literature in article databases.

To begin searching for books about your topic, go to the Library Catalog. For additional help, click on the BOOKS tab above

To begin searching for journal articles about your topic, choose of the databases below. For additional databases, click on the ARTICLES & DATABASES tab above.

Searching for Sources Effectively

Searching for Sources Effectively

Follow the Bibliographic Trail:  One proven method for gathering reliable information efficiently is to follow the citations or references from one source to another.   The author's bibliography can lead you to other sources on the topic.

Identify Keywords:  Before searching the Library Catalog or other databases, take a few minutes to write down all the words that describe your topic.  Use these words in keyword or Boolean searches.

Boolean Searching:  Use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) to connect keywords for phrases in your searches:  Example:  (solar OR wind) AND energy AND russia NOT Moscow.

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