Welcome to the FILA 150 Digital Technology Course Guide. This guide is designed to help you with your research project for this class. You need to find at least ten credible sources for this assignment. This guide is designed to help you to:
If you're having trouble with this assignment, I am more than happy to help, as is BC's other research librarian, Vickie. Feel free to email us at email@example.com or make an appointment using the button below:
There are a plethora of strategies for brainstorming: freewriting, concept mapping, etc. The links below highlight each strategy, so you can find the one that fits with your mode of thinking.
Try the following recommended strategies to get started thinking about what you might like to do for this assignment:
Assignments often are written with a subject in mind but are often too broad to work as a single topic for your project. You still need to choose a unique aspect of that subject in which to specialize your research.
For this assignment, think about what interests you most:
Below are some additional resources to get you started focusing your topic.
Keywords are the terms you will use to search for information. Just typing in your entire topic sentence is not an efficient way to search. Here are some tips for using keywords effectively.
As you search for resources, consider what you might like to write about in your paper and use this as a keyword.
As you're searching:
Librarians love to organize information. One way we do this is by using subject headings. Since some subjects can be described using various terms (like cats or felines), librarians have come up with a standardized list, or controlled list, of subjects that can be used when describing resources. This list (known as the Library of Congress Subject Headings) provides the controlled vocabulary that every librarian uses when they describe the subject of a book, DVD, or any other object in the library's catalog.
The easiest way to understand subject headings is to see it in action. The most convenient example is the library's catalog. When you pull up the full record of a title, it will give you the subject heading for that item hyperlinked, so you can search for other titles with that descriptor.
You also will find subject headings in many of our online databases (like Academic Search Complete), where they help organize thousands of articles. They may not utilize the same list of subjects as the Library of Congress, you can still approach searching them the same way as in the library's catalog.