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Published on: 12 Oct 2017 by ariana-smith
Sometimes you are obligated to write a 10-page paper. This is your chance to join the community with 20% of university professors doing research. How do they do it? And how are you? Look at the top seven tips for working as a teacher:
1. Start where you are. The professor has a research program; you have a course. Think about all the topics on paper, try to pick the one you like and think you have at heart. When the professor asks you to propose a subject, search for all materials on the topic before choosing one (e.g. lecture note, teaching practices, handout, course bibliography) for you. Then, meet the teacher to see if the proposed topic is what you can do, given what you know and what it is known. A bad topic ends with a few weeks of frustration, as well as bad documents.
2. Think of E-reserve: Many current research papers are available electronically. The best place to start is not only Google, Bing or Wikipedia, but E-Reserve, which the professor listed. They are available at school library (or sometimes on the course website) and are carefully selected to give meaning, depth and overall relevance to your topic. The next stop is electronic resources (or electronic resources) on the library's website. They are divided into more general although still scholarly sources (e.g. INFOTRAC, OneFile, LexisNexis Academic and ProQuest) and other scientific or academic resources (e.g. EBSCOhost, Expanded Academic ASAP, JSTOR, knowledge of the Web). Another useful resource is the topic guide. Here, the databases are divided into fields - from the space industry to the study of women. They can be very useful when you start thinking about the subject. A particularly clear example is the Columbia University Library.
Extra pointer, make sure when you are writing your 10-page paper you differentiate electronic databases when using the E-resources, which have different lists of journals, from E-journals, or catalogues, that are journals (electronically rather printed). In the library, always check the list of "top 10" databases. The librarians selected them according to the overall usability or frequency of the users.
3. Discover WorldCat: One of the best resources is www.worldcat.org, a free and public directory of more than a billion (with "b"!) Objects available in more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. Best of all you do not need to leave where you are to make use of it: it is available in all conditions, including the Internet and mobile devices (iPhone, BlackBerry and most web-enabled phones).
4. Learn the shortcuts: It's easier to know how to make use of the right techniques. Use generic symbols - usually a question mark (?), pound sign (#) or an asterisk (*) - if you only know the first letter of the word or want to find all the words that start with a special string of characters. Using logic and operator (usually AND or +), you can restrict search results and the operator to expand the topic then. Take all apostrophes (in words such as O'Reilly) and replace them with foreign words (ç, ü) with English equivalents (c, u).
5. Use resources that live and breathe: When researching your 10 page paper and research of the 21st century causing your headaches, find your way to the nearest library. Librarians will be happy to assist you in your electronic search and even to get printed books. Librarians have been trained in larger universities, even in certain fields (humanities, social sciences, business and science). Use them.
6. Learn about ILL. If for any reason there is no printed book in the library and there is no e-book or article available in some databases, consult the interlibrary loan department of the Library. ILL will send a physical book or a copy of an article from another library, usually free and long enough to conduct research (sometimes the same day).
7. Find the "gateway" source: When you begin your research, it is best to start with a well-planned resource, investigate the problem, area or topic you are studying, and provide other ways to conduct more in-depth research.
This step will help you write your 10-page paper overnight without much stress once you have gathered all the materials and always read the resource, see footnotes and bibliographies to help you find other resources that you can use.