Research question: In what ways has the West influenced the power and status Blackberry technology holds in other regions of the world?
|What kind of data could help support this research topic?
||What resources would help us locate this kind of data?
||What strategies would help us be successful in finding what we need through those resources?
Literature review /
Anthropology - Anthrosource, Social Sciences Full Text
Business - ABI/Inform, Business Source Premier, MarketLine Advantage
Communication/Psychology - Communication & Mass Media Complete, ProQuest PsycInfo
Political Science - Public Affairs Index, Political Science Complete
- Start with a few key terms
- Brainstorm similar terms or examples of those concepts (e.g., smartphone or cell phone but also iphone, blackberry, samsung galaxy)
- For database search screens with multiple lines, add one concept (+ alternate terms) per line
- Look for subject headings that express your concept in a different way and add those back into the search
- Some databases offer suggestions for related materials
- Search through the bibliographies of your most promising sources to identify related studies
- Find the books, chapters and articles that have cited your most promising sources to see who has used that original information to further investigate a related topic
AP Images (UR library access)
AP Multimedia Archive (UR library access)
Browse through old magazines likely to contain relevant images
Targeted Google search for digital collections
- Search for images that depict a concept you're looking for
- Target illustrated magazines, websites, and digital collections that focus on your topic (broadly or specifically)
- Make sure that you know where the original image source comes from (and that it hasn't been altered or been placed out of context)
- Search the literature as well for studies that include content analysis or investigate the use of images
Many databases and collections of data sets through the Business LibGuide and the Data and Statistics LibGuide
Targeted google searches that focus on statistics, specific websites, country sites, and more
- Sometimes you'll need to think broadly about the topic of a data set that will contain the more granular subset of information you need
- Newspaper databases can help identify polls and surveys that you can then seek out online for the original data