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Research Toolkit workshops are designed to address the most common challenges students face in doing college-level research, including navigating databases, locating relevant sources, and making sense of information once it is found.
GSD covers the full spectrum of gender-engaged scholarship inside and outside academia. Links to free and subscription based full-text articles. Includes professional journals, conference papers, books, government reports, discussion papers, theses and dissertations.
QuickSearch combines results from many search tools for you to review in one list. Results come from the Wright State catalog and hundreds of library databases including all of our Ebscohost databases, JSTOR, the Web of Science, and others.
Discover literature from core disciplines in women's studies and the latest scholarship in feminist research. Search womens literature and selected bulletins, reports, dissertations, NGO studies, and grey literature. NISC produces the index.
Read from this digitized collection of alternative press newspapers, magazines and journals produced from the 1960's through the 1980's. The collection includes small literary magazines, underground newspapers, LGBT periodicals, feminist journals, and minority, GI, and right-wing press publications.
Women and Social Movements in the U.S. offers path-breaking document projects that facilitate the use of documents to study all aspects of American history from colonial times to the present. It includes an online journal and database that features work by leading and emerging scholars, plus all five volumes of the biographical dictionary Notable American Women, as well as all publications of local, state, and national commissions on the status of women since 1963.
Try concept mapping to organize your thoughts and refine your topic as you search. There are a variety of free tools you can use. Start with a basic topic or subject and think about various issues related to that topic. If you are researching a specific person, you might include branches for their childhood, education, career, etc. and then add off-shoots for accomplishments and challenges.
Who are the author(s)? Are they experts and qualified to write on the topic? What are their credentials? Are they affiliated with any organizations or a university?
Who is the publisher? Where was the information published? Was it published in a peer-reviewed journal?
Do a little investigating on the author and source to make sure the information provided can be considered reputable.
Look for any bias in the information. Does the information presented cover all sides of the topic in a neutral, objective manner? What is the purpose of this information… to inform, teach, persuade, or sell?
Critically evaluate the actual content of the document. Is the information provided as a superficial overview or a detailed analysis? Is the information relevant to your topic or does it deviate too much? Is the readership level too simple or too sophisticated?
Also, focus on the accuracy of the content. Does the information match your understanding of the topic and can you verify the claims in other sources? Compare its findings to those of other related articles. Do not rely on only one source.
Consider when was the information was published, updated, or revised. Has the information become outdated?
Also, look at the date of the references/citations provided. Are those sources/studies reputable and timely?
Often, you'll discover the right level of focus as you begin your research. Encyclopedias and dictionaries can be a great place to start this research. Use these resources to get topic ideas or for background information.
Search hundreds of scholarly, subject-specific reference titles in many topic areas, including the arts, business, education, history, the sciences, technology, literature, and the social sciences. Excellent for in-depth overviews of terms or concepts. Search individual e-books or whole collections.