How to Find What You Need

Graduate study culminates in an independent research study, a capstone project. In the many stages before that, you will immerse yourself in ideas, information, and research.

Today, people face a glut of information. A graduate student is challenged to choose information that is reliable, informative, and scholarly. Accurate information is critical to reaching educated conclusions, making the best choices, and communicating more effectively. But such information is not always readily available, especially in the ever-changing digital information environment. Strong literacy information skills are imperative to searching and evaluating information in a scholarly environment.

The resources you will be asked to find during your courses will primarily be scholarly, peer-reviewed source materials, such as journal articles. Information from non-reviewed sources may be useful for background. However, non-reviewed sources can contain serious errors and often lack depth. Information from a non-reviewed source should be critically evaluated and – as a rule of thumb – should not be cited in scholarly writing. Examples of non-reviewed materials include Wikipedia, magazines, textbooks, self-help books, popular press articles, and websites that appear to be biased regarding a particular controversial issue. Note, however, that the library holds many professionally reviewed encyclopedias that cover general and specific topics. These encyclopedias are excellent places to begin exploring a topic of interest.

The Northcentral Library has extensive holdings in your field, and our librarians stand ready to help you find what you need. Searching a virtual library, of course, doesn’t involve file cards and browsing stacks of books and articles. Rather, you’ll need to use specific skills to search the library, and to evaluate the information you find. In this activity you will become familiar with how to recognize scholarly sources and how to access appropriate resources in your field of interest within the Northcentral Library.

Review the resources listed in the Books and Resources area below to prepare for this week's assignments.

Complete the following Spotlight on Skills if you need assistance with the tools used to complete your assignments.

Skills Builder 1: Information Literacy
Review the Northcentral Information Literacy Tutorial to become familiar with information literacy, and to test your information literacy skills. Keep notes on the important points you discover there; these will be useful both in preparing assignments in this course, and in your other coursework here at Northcentral.

Skills Builder 2: Searching the Library
The Library offers a wealth of databases for you to choose from in finding scholarly information, along with tutorials on how to effectively search these databases (not understanding how to search effectively is a time waster!). Usually, you’ll want to find resources that are up to date, and are available in full text form, not just abstracts.

View the Northcentral Search like an Expert tutorial to find out how to get started in Library searching.

Skill Builder 3: Thinking About an Area of Professional Interest
Whether you are entering the program with a specific area of interest in mind, or are looking to be inspired, by the end of your program you will become an expert in a particular area and demonstrate that expertise through a capstone project.

You have time to explore topic areas, so don’t feel pressured to come up with one in this course! Now is the time, though, to begin exploring topics that interest you. The sooner you identify a topic, the more time you have to read in the area and learn about the issues, debates, unresolved questions, theories, problems, challenges, and even appropriate research methods and designs.

For information about current business topics, explore the Harvard Business School Working Knowledge site: Research and Ideas. Havard Business School Working Knowledge – The Thinking that Leads.

And, see this library tutorial for tips and guidance on selecting a topic:
Northcentral Finding a Research Topic.






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Northcentral Finding a Research Topic. Northcentral University.
http://library.ncu.edu/dw_template.aspx?parent_id=226

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Northcentral Search like an Expert. Northcentral University.
http://library.ncu.edu/public_images/elrc/2013/videos/searchlikeanexpert/searchlikeanexpert.htm

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Research and Ideas. Harvard Business School.
http://hbswk.hbs.edu/features/research.html

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Instruction


Activity 4 Foundations Feedback Sheet
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Use to Complete Exercises


Northcentral Information Literacy Tutorial. Northcentral University.
http://library.ncu.edu/IL/intro.aspx

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Activity Description


For this assignment, you will conduct a library search for resources in your area of professional or research interest. Locate three peer-reviewed journal articles, one book chapter, and one scholarly resource (website or other resource). Then, prepare a brief paper on your library search and your results. First, fill out this chart and for each resource include the following:

•Appropriate citation (APA form) for the resource you discovered.
•Name of the database you used.
•Keywords you used.
•Any search limiters such as full text, date, peer-reviewed that you used.
•A note about your skills at this point in using the database from which you accessed the resource; what do you still need to practice?

PLEASE NOTICE that the chart shown above is an example of the fields you can fill out. Please create your chart using Word. The chart included in here is not downloable or interactive.

Then, conclude your assignment with some general remarks that comment on:
•How useful was each database for you?
•What important journals, key scholars, or new ideas did you discover from your search?
•How might a library search spark new ideas? As you searched did you find new ideas or new directions for your search? Did the direction your search take you surprise you?

Length: Completed chart and 1 page reflection paper

Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your paper should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Review APA Form and Style.

Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University's Academic Integrity Policy. View the Northcentral Academic Integrity Tutorial to refresh your knowledge of how to achieve academic integrity.

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      Assignment 4
      Main Task: Evaluate Library Databases and Resources for use in Research
      For this activity you will do a library search for resources in your area of professional or research interest. Locate three peer­reviewed journal 
      articles, one book chapter, and one scholarly resource (website or other resource). Then, prepare a brief paper on your library search and your 
      results. First, fill out this chart and for each resource include the following:

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      Appropriate citation (APA form) for the resource you discovered.

      ?

      Name of the database you used.

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      Keywords you used.

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      Any search limiters such as full text, date, peer­reviewed that you used.

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      A note about your skills at this point in using the database from which you accessed the resource; what do you still need to practice?

      Then, conclude your assignment with some general remarks that comment on:
      ?

      How useful was each database for you?

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      What important journals, key scholars, or new ideas did you discover from your search.

      ?

      How might a library search spark new ideas? As you searched did you find new ideas or new directions for your search? Did the direction 
      your search take you surprise you?

      Length:  Completed chart and 1 page reflection paper
      Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and
      insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral 
      University's Academic Integrity Policy.
      Submit your document in the Course Work area below the Activity screen.
      Learning Outcome: 6
      Assignment Outcomes
      Develop skills in online library database searches.

      Product: Chart and one page written reaction paper

      Your instructor will give you feedback using the form below and in margin comments on your work. Reading and using your 
      instructor’s feedback is as much a part of your learning as is reading the course materials and doing assignments. Your 
      instructor will not only help you understand the quality of your work on this assignment, but will also give you guidance on 
      how to improve your skills and increase your knowledge that, if you follow it, will help you do better on future assignments!
      Feedback:
      Introduction to Feedback
      1. Was the assignment done correctly?
      Assignment Elements
      Faculty Feedback 
      Chart
      Includes three peer­reviewed journal articles, one 
      book chapter, and one scholarly resource
      Includes
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      Name of the database used

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      Keywords  used

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      Search limiters 

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      Mention of skills at this point in using each 
      database 

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      Discussion of skills attained/needed to be 
      acquired

      Follows APA form and style 
      Reaction Paper discusses:

      Usefulness of each database
      Important new sources, scholars, or ideas
      Value of searches in inspiring new ideas/ surprises 

      2. Are statements about all readings and resources accurate?
      3. Is the writing clear and persuasive?
      4. Is the writing correct in punctuation, grammar, word usage, and APA style?

      Grade and rationale. Grade is based on:

      70% Content
      1. Completion of the assignment as instructed
      2. Understanding of assignment resources 
      3. Clarity and persuasiveness of writing
      30% Presentation
      4. Grammar, word usage and APA style

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Additional Requirements

Min Pages: 2
Level of Detail: Only answer needed
Other Requirements: For this assignment, you will conduct a library search for resources in your area of professional or research interest. Locate three peer-reviewed journal articles, one book chapter, and one scholarly resource (website or other resource). Then, prepare a brief paper on your library search and your results. First, fill out this chart and for each resource include the following:

•Appropriate citation (APA form) for the resource you discovered.
•Name of the database you used.
•Keywords you used.
•Any search limiters such as full text, date, peer-reviewed that you used.
•A note about your skills at this point in using the database from which you accessed the resource; what do you still need to practice?

PLEASE NOTICE that the chart shown above is an example of the fields you can fill out. Please create your chart using Word. The chart included in here is not downloable or interactive.

Then, conclude your assignment with some general remarks that comment on:
•How useful was each database for you?
•What important journals, key scholars, or new ideas did you discover from your search?
•How might a library search spark new ideas? As you searched did you find new ideas or new directions for your search? Did the direction your search take you surprise you?

Length: Completed chart and 1 page reflection paper

Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your paper should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Review APA Form and Style.

Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University's Academic Integrity Policy. View the Northcentral Academic Integrity Tutorial to refresh your knowledge of how to achieve academic integrity.