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LGST196: Privacy, Technology & Freedom

Senior Capstone

Videos to prepare for a literature search

Grab a pen and notepad. These videos include brief writing exercises. Video learning goals:

  1. Help you figure out questions you might want to ask in your research project
  2. Help you broaden and narrow your search terms 
  3. Help you share these with your Professor or TA early, to ensure you are on the right track with your search strategy.

Literature search

Use your questions and search terms (keywords) to conduct a literature search in a scholarly database. Goals for using a scholarly database:

  1. Search journal articles using one or more of the databases listed below
  2. Save the citation information of each source 
  3. Download copies of each article or Request it through InterLibrary Loan
  4.  Click UC-eLinks to locate copies of the source


Recommended Databases

Locate a source using a citation reference:

Evaluate your sources

The link below, "How to Evaluate Journal Articles," provides criteria to determine if the articles you find are suitable for your research needs.  Goals of Using the Criteria:

  1. To understand the source on a deeper level
  2. To be able to speak to the goals of the author of the source
  3. To understand how you will use the source in your research paper

Citing your sources and Writing your paper

The following guides provide examples specific to writing up your findings. Goals of Properly Citing in Chicago Format are as follows:

  1. Consistency with Chicago format in all your In-Text and Reference List citations 
  2. Credit given to each author of a source and their ideas and words in your paper
  3. The reader is able to distinguish when you're using someone else's research, ideas or words in your paper because you've include an appropriate citation. (Note: Your analysis of their research, ideas or words is your contribution)  
  4. The reader is able to match each In-Text Citation in your paper to an entry in your Reference List and vice versa.