Step 2: Locating Relevant Sources of Information
Now that you have some background information and a basic plan of attack, you can begin to locate relevant sources of information. You will be going back and forth between Steps 2 and 3 for the next part of this project. Follow these steps:
A. Know the requirements. Look at your assignment sheet to remind yourself how many sources you need and what types of sources they need to be. Types of sources include:
o World Wide Web
B. Read this page in its entirety. Then check out the links below on locating articles in database and in
print sources.C. Remember that research is a circular process. You will be going back and forth between Step 2: Locating Relevant Sources of Information and Step 3: Taking Notes on Note Cards until you have enough note cards to write your entire paper. The reason that you need to go back and forth is that you will need to assess the information that you have and determine where the gaps are. Then you will look for sources of information that fill those gaps. You might find the 'Topic Finder' useful, which provides a variety of related search terms which might help you nail down exactly what you want to research or find articles to fill in the gaps.
Move on to Step 3 for a few articles when you have:o Photocopied relevant pages from several print sources.
o Printed relevant articles from several database sources.
o Printed or copied the MLA 7th Edition citations on all of your articles from the databases.o Photocopied the title pages from those books and written the publication date on the photocopies.o Read and taken notes directly on the photocopies and printouts.*Once you have a few good articles on your topic, move on Step 3: Taking Notes on Note Cards. In that step, you will examine the sources that you have thoroughly, assess what information you have, determine where the gaps are, and locate additional sources of information to fill in those gaps. Then you will come back to Step Two ready to locate more specific information.