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Spring 2013 ~ Prof. Brian Chaboyer
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Quick Help

  • Search Techniques
    Click this link for hints on how to maximize your efficiency when searching the library catalog! Try using quotation marks to search for a specific phrase. Use * to truncate a word so that you can search all variations of the root. Use "and" and "or" to control your results (don't forget that you can make use of parentheses here!).
  • Broad vs Narrow Search Terms
    Depends on what database you are searching. If you are in the library catalog, you may want to broaden your search because books are not cataloged in full text. If you are searching a full-text database, then definitely get as narrow as you can think of!
  • How to Read a Call Number
    See this quick guide on how to read a call number!

General Tips to Get Started

  • Begin looking for information around your mission
    Click on this link or the tab above ("Finding Materials") to start exploring. Good places to start are encyclopedias, the Library Catalog, and Academic Search Complete.
  • Use the Astronomy Research Guide
    For more resources in astronomy.
  • Evaluate your print and web sources
    Having trouble figuring out what is "credible"? Click this link or the tab above ("Evaluating Print/Web Sources") for guidelines to help you think critically about your sources.
  • Contact me for consultations
    I strongly encourage you to meet with me to talk about your paper. It could be about search strategies, formatting, proper citation, or just to bounce ideas around and refine your thesis statement.
  • Write an annotated bibliography
    One of the best tools to get your references and citations in order to write your paper more effectively is to create an annotated bibliography! Click this link or the tab above ("Citing Sources") for guidance.
  • Ready to write?
    Click on this link or the tab above ("Writing Your Paper") for some guidance on synthesizing all your research into a successful paper.
  • Tips and Examples
    Based on your answers to the Blackboard forum, I have created a new page to address the questions that are not covered elsewhere in this guide.

Types of Questions

We asked you to post one or two questions, or describe a challenge you encountered while doing preliminary research for your essay. These can relate to accessing the library resources, finding a credible source, organizing the information you find, etc.

Your questions fell into the following categories:

Mission-specific Research 21 33%
Credibility 11 17%
Paper Logistics 10 16%
Too much info! 6 9%
Relevance and Timeliness 5 8%
Citation 3 5%
Jargon 3 5%
Not enough info! 3 5%
Library Logistics 2 3%

This page will address some of these questions.

Research Consultations

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Kresge Physical Sciences Library
3rd Floor Fairchild Hall
Phone: (603) 646-3845
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Physics, Astronomy

On Reserve

Cover Art
Investigating Astronomy - Timothy F. Slater; Roger Freedman
Call Number: Kresge QB45.2 .S58 2012
ISBN: 9781429210638
Publication Date: 2011-01-28


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