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  • Guide: Conducting Electronic Research
    Web Search Web Directory Search Reference Site Search News Search Government Search Blog Search Newsgroups Discussion Forums Chat Rooms and Email List Searches Newsgroups and Discussion Forums Email Lists Chat Rooms Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Writing CSU Guide Conducting Electronic Research An electronic search begins both your investigation and your working bibliography a list of library field and online resources at the same time The process is keyword driven the results wholly dependant on the number of words and combinations of words entered into an electronic search field Search programs or engines are programmed to identify all records containing the word or words entered into their search fields In various combinations these keywords will lead you to books articles and Web pages that address your research question Due to the enormous amount of results this produces it s important to learn how to shape your search It might be wise for instance to conduct a search of the descriptors subject headings and subheadings by which information about your topic is categorized in order to narrow things down An extensive list of standard terms used by most online library catalogs can be found in the Library

    Original URL path: http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/guide.cfm?guideid=22 (2015-10-15)
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  • Guide: Conducting Field Research
    the Results Media Genres Television Radio Film etc Lectures Conferences Online Forums and Other Public Discussions Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Writing CSU Guide Conducting Field Research Some of the most valuable information in the world isn t located in a library or online Field research is a way of unearthing that information If you enjoy meeting and talking with people and don t mind what reporters call legwork you will relish the fun and satisfaction of obtaining ideas and information first hand Field research can be an extraordinarily exciting and rewarding experience leading to important discoveries and breakthrough ideas Its goal is the same as research done in the library or on the Internet to gather information that contributes to your understanding of an issue or question and to organize those findings in a cohesive and persuasive document that proposes a new insight answer or solution Far from being at odds with one another philosophically or practically these three research techniques actually complement each other Library and Internet research provides critical background information that prepares the researcher for making observations and conducting interviews and surveys in the field The results will verify or refute inform

    Original URL path: http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/guide.cfm?guideid=23 (2015-10-15)
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  • Guide: Conducting Library Research
    Databases Online Document Dollections Interlibrary Loans Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Writing CSU Guide Conducting Library Research Understanding how to use the Internet and how to search the Web is critical to the research process however understanding how information is cataloged in your library and how to search and browse its stacks special collections and journal rooms is equally important Libraries are the preeminent physical repositories for the results of human research and learning and continue to be the primary locations at which information on a multitude of subjects will be found Unlike many materials found on the Web those found in a library are carefully vetted or reviewed for accuracy before being added to the collection Once added these items are categorized cataloged and their locations mapped and recorded for easy retrieval To familiarize yourself with the facilities and services of your library call its reference desk or pay a visit and speak with the librarian on duty A guided tour may be available A self guided tour containing the same information should be available on their Web site as well Students at Colorado State University will find library hours facility maps electronic databases and

    Original URL path: http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/guide.cfm?guideid=24 (2015-10-15)
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  • Teaching Guide: Conducting Online Discussions
    Teaching Guide Conducting Online Discussions The term online discussion refers to any situation where instructors and students exchange ideas electronically Various forms of online discussion are useful because they allow communication to extend beyond the classroom Instructors and students generally find that online exchanges increase their understanding of the course objectives and contribute to a greater sense of class community You can use electronic discussions to send brief messages to

    Original URL path: http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/teaching/onlinediscussions/ (2015-10-15)
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  • Considering Your Writing Situation
    Writing Situation Considering Your Writing Situation In this collection you can learn more about the situations in which writers and readers find themselves and the physical social cultural and historical contexts that shape them Analyzing Audience Considering Purposes for Writing Understanding Writing Situations Tweet HELP SITE INDEX ABOUT THIS SITE CONTACT Writing CSU is an open access educational Web site supported by Colorado State University Content on this site is

    Original URL path: http://writing.colostate.edu/collections/collection.cfm?id=46 (2015-10-15)
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  • Guide: Content Analysis
    T his guide provides an introduction to content analysis a research methodology that examines words or phrases within a wide range of texts Introduction to Content Analysis Read about the history and uses of content analysis Conceptual Analysis Read an overview of conceptual analysis and its associated methodology Relational Analysis Read an overview of relational analysis and its associated methodology Commentary Read about issues of reliability and validity with regard

    Original URL path: http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/guide.cfm?guideid=61 (2015-10-15)
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  • Guide: Creating and Using Overheads
    Guidelines Effective Use of Color Choosing Types of Visuals Charts Tables Figures Drawings Pictures Models Using Overheads Overhead Integration Checklist Rehearsal Checklist Presentation Tips Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Writing CSU Guide Creating and Using Overheads D ifferent types of visuals work better than others depending on the information you need to convey and who your audience is Remember to complete a developed outline of your

    Original URL path: http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/guide.cfm?guideid=35 (2015-10-15)
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  • Guide: Critical Reading
    Guide Contributors Citation Writing CSU Guide Critical Reading C ritical reading is a vital part of the writing process In fact reading and writing processes are alike In both you make meaning by actively engaging a text As a reader you are not a passive participant but an active constructor of meaning Exhibiting an inquisitive critical attitude towards what you read will make anything you read richer and more useful

    Original URL path: http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/guide.cfm?guideid=31 (2015-10-15)
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