WRT106, 107 (also ACF, ESL) Information Literacy 2015 (Total time: 1 Hour)
Instructor: Associate Prof. Mark Jackson, Reference and Online Resources Librarian OR Assist. Prof. John Hinchcliffe, Reference and Systems Librarian
Google Scholar Books and the Internet are only one part of your research project. Often you will need to find a scholarly article, an article written by a scholar or professional addressing a specific topic, usually written for other scholars (or potential scholars), professionals and Higher Education students. Because of economic and copyright considerations you usually will NOT find these types of articles on the Web. You will need to use a database to find the article. Journals contain research articles or literary criticism that is usually more up-to-date than books.
Let's suppose our topic is media (including television, games, movies, etc.) violence and behavior of adolescents. For example, is there any correlation between media violence and adolescent behavior? What research has been conducted on this topic? We can use Google Scholar to search across hundreds of academic, scholarly publications!
databases are very specialized. For example PsycARTICLES is a database
specifically for the discipline of psychology. CINAHL is a specialized database
for nursing and allied health. The Literature Resource Center is a database for
literature. Other databases, such as ProQuest and Academic Search are general
1. Does early childhood education affect learning outcomes?
2. Does the use of technology decrease medication errors?
3. Does television use affect the reading skills of children?
4. Does sleep deprivation affect academic performance?
5. Does multitasking affect learning outcomes?
6. Does texting affect accident rates and driving performance?
7. Does watching football affect family violence and aggressive behavior?
8. Does alcohol advertising promote adolescent drinking?
9. Does watching Internet porn affect dating behavior?
10. Do vaccines cause autism?
11. Does media-induced task-switching while studying affect learning?
12. Are violence and sex as advertising strategies effective?
13. How does media portrayal of african americans affect perceptions?
14. Is there a correlation between alcohol use by college students and the occurrence of date or acquaintance rape?
15. Does the number of hours worked by college students affect academic achievement?
16. Does portrayal of alcohol and drug use in the media affect adolescent behavior?
17. Does media influence eating disorders?
18. Is broken windows policing effective?
19. Does effective time management by college students lead to better academic performance?
20. How does gender bias affect student evaluations of teaching?