Define, Find, Choose and Use" Research Strategy:
- Define your project goal in a sentence. Consider synonyms for keywords.
- Find a variety of sources.
- Choose the best sources for your project.
- Use sources ethically by citing origin of quotes
DEFINE your project goal in a sentence.
Consider synonyms for keywords.
Review basic background on your topic using Encyclopedias.
FIND relevant resources:
Search All FVTC Databases:
* To access FVTC Library databases from off-campus through the Library proxy:
Username is your MyFVTC
Password is your MyFVTC password.
Username is your
Password is your network password.
- See what is available for checkout at the FVTC Library using the FVTC Library Catalog.
- For items not found in the FVTC collection, request items (allowing 7 to 10 days on average for delivery) through our FVTC Item Request Form.
- Keep track of citation information from the start!
CHOOSE the most appropriate materials:
- Evaluate whether information is current and trustworthy. Find out who is
providing the content and why. Get information from different sources. Be
- Prefer “Peer-reviewed” - When an article is sent
out to other experts in the field for review, and those experts agree that the
article is worth publishing, then that is a peer-reviewed article. It is held
to a higher standard and is more reliable than opinion or advice articles. It
is not a guarantee of accuracy or lack of bias.
We have LIBRARY INSTRUCTION VIDEOS to help you.
Watch a net.TUTOR movie for a
detailed explanation of Recognizing Bias (9:39 minutes, with audio ).
USE resources correctly and ethically to finish your project:
Use resources correctly:
- Use only one citation style per project (APA or
MLA most common).
- Ask your teacher what style they prefer.
- Go to
Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) for basic information.
- Check out a style manual at your nearest library
Use resources ethically:
VIDEO: Copyright on Campus
Plagiarism – Taking credit for other people’s work. Using their work without giving them due credit.
Cure: Cite all resources used, even if
you paraphrased content rather than quoting it. This includes creative or
original content such as ideas, images, and data.
Copyright – Right of the copyright owner to have
the opportunity to receive payment for every copy. Caution: The creator of an original work may
not own the copyright! If you produce a
“work for hire”, the employer may claim the copyright. Many publishers claim the copyright of
anything they publish.
Fair Use – Refers to personal, non-commercial, or
educational use, rather than financial gain. Caution: It is not “fair use” for
a person to make multiple copies and distribute, unless they own the copyright
on the content - or have paid for the copyright clearance - or have written
permission from the copyright holder.
- Share the permanent URL or citation for an
article, rather than a copy of the article itself.
- Each person must make the choice of buying,
reading, or copying each piece of work.
- Course packets need copyright clearance for each
A more detailed list of Q & A can be found in
this handout: Copyright and Fair Use 2013. For even more information see: 107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use from Copyright.gov.
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