You can FIND sources for your assignments in different places and in different formats.
FIND, in this case, means to locate or search collections of information for relevant articles, books, or videos to your research assignment.
The information format might evolve to fit your need. When making plans for the weekend you might consult:
When searching for sources of information to use in a research assignment, your instructor might prefer you use:
The way you search these sources of information may also differ from each other. For example navigating Twitter is totally different from trying to find an article on The New York Times website. Access to different sources might also create an additional complication as some content requires you to pay a subscription.
In the Library
FINDING print sources in your college library will likely require you to search the library's online catalog (PRIMO at HCTC Libraries) or to ask library staff for help. This might be different from your experience when FINDING a Twitter post by Bill Nye which you can access from any computer with an internet connection and for free.
In libraries, print materials, DVDs, maps, government documents, and other items are categorized using a complex organizational system. In public libraries you might know this as the Dewey Decimal System. Most academic libraries use the Library of Congress Classification. At HCTC Libraries, you can find the location of different subjects using posters located on the shelves.
When accessing library online resources, the sources are stored in DATABASES and can be retrieved using keywords (simple words or phrases used to index a source or explain its content), search bars, and browse techniques similar to Amazon and Google.
You might initially begin searching for sources for your research assignment online using popular search engines like:
These engines search their indexed collection of websites, not the entire internet, accumulated by electronic code called spiders or crawlers. The way these search engines list and display websites is specific to their algorithm.
You will likely use keywords or natural speech ("What is the weight of a human head?") to search.
You've decided on a topic for your ENG 101 research assignment about the economy of Appalachia.
Your research question is "What are the mental health effects of the collapse of the coal mining industry in southeastern Kentucky counties?"
Determining keywords from your research question can help make your search easier.