Independent Study: Source Review

Section 1: Introduction of topic, your background

Section 2: Analysis of topic, key questions

* Remember, as you work on your source review, to refer back to Sections 1 & 2 to keep focused and ensure that you are now working on the issues you set up in your introductory sections.

Section 3: The Source Review

  • At least 10 sources, may be a combination of:

    • Books
    • Articles
    • Videos
    • Class discussions & manuals
    • Interviews
    • Electronic
  • Approaching the Readings: Will this source help address my key questions?

    • Table of Contents
    • Introduction, Preface, or Abstract
    • Conclusion
    • Index
    • Bibliography: What the author read!
      • Check credibility
      • Check timeliness
      • Suggestions for further reading
  • Recording Your Research

    1. Relevance: Why am I reading this?
    2. Summary:
      • Main ideas of the author
      • Key words
      • Notable Quotes, keep complete citation notes!
    3. Analysis:
      • Your Interpretation
      • Your thoughts: agree? disagree? confused???
      • Context: do ideas link to other sources you have read?
    4. Comparison:
      • How does it relate to other information on this topic?

Electronic Sources of Information

  • Websites:

    • Benefits:
      • Current
      • VAST!
    • Cautions:
      • Superficial?
      • Credibility
      • Transcience
    • Searching:
      • Search Engines
      • Key Words
      • Advanced Search
      • Boolean Search
      • Quotation Marks
      • Searching within a website

Citing:
Ubels, J. (2010). Networks and partnerships. Retrieved February 17, 2014 from http://www.capacity.org/capacity/opencms/en/topics/multi-actor-engagement/networks-and-partnerships.html

  • Web-based Databases:

    • Benefits:
      • Subject specific
      • Avoid commercial sites and advertising
      • Useful range of information
    • Cautions:
      • Quickly become dated if not maintained
    • Searching:
      • Use same tips as with websites
      • Subject Headings also used

Citing:
Amnesty International. (2005). Women, violence and health. London: Amnesty International. Retrieved October 12, 2005 from http://web.amnesty.org/library/pdf/ACT770012005ENGLISH/$File/ACT7700105.pdf

  • Electronic Journal Databases

    • Benefits:
      • Full-text content of a wide range of journals
      • Well maintained, "dead links" unlikely
      • Credible source of information
    • Cautions:
      • "Abstract only", "embargo", frustration!
      • Restricted access
    • Searching:
      • Again, same search strategies
      • Subject Headings
      • Browse by Journal Title

Citing:
Srinivasan, S. (2005). Daughters or dowries? The changing nature of dowry practice in India. World Development, 33 (4), 593-615. Retrieved from Elsevier ScienceDirect.