MGT 332 - Library Research Help
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Slide 1 - MGT 332Operations Management Research Assignment
- Matthew LaBrake
- Library Director for Online Degree Programs
Slide 2 - Assignment Description
- Every student is required to complete an original business research report on a topic related to operations management. Ideas for topic selection can be obtained from weekly course objectives found in your syllabus, or main/sub-chapters of the Online Course Resource.
- Your report MUST include detailed information on a current problem or area of excellence in a product or service company related to your selected topic.
- Your report MUST be submitted with at least three (3) sources from the Berkeley College Library's Online Databases.
- See your course syllabus for detailed information on the project’s requirements!
Slide 3 - Why Use Library Databases?
- Databases are searchable collections of academic journals, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, reference books, company reports, etc.
- Library databases are especially useful because they:
- Get their information from professionals or experts in the field, which means that the information found in them is reliable for academic research.
- Are updated frequently and include the date of publication. It is important that your paper contains current information.
- Are easy to cite in a bibliography. In fact, many databases will even create the citation for you! This is important because you will need to cite all of your sources in APA format.
- Can help you narrow down your topic or suggest related subjects. This is an important part of the research process, especially if you are writing a shorter paper and need to narrow your topic.
Slide 4 - Evaluating Websites
- You may also need to find information on the Internet. As you know, not everything you find on the Internet is true. It is very important that you evaluate websites before using them in your research.
- Deciding if a website is credible or not can be as simple as looking at one of these five categories. Sometimes it is more complex.
- Use this guide to learn more about evaluating websites! http://berkeleycollege.libguides.com/evaluating
- Using non-credible websites as sources will count against you. Be prepared to defend the credibility of any website you use in your research!
Slide 5 - Citing in MLA Format
- MLA stands for the Modern Language Association and the guidelines that they developed for formatting and citing sources in research papers are required in many college level classes, including this one. See these links for more information:
- Berkeley College Academic Support Center MLA Guide
- Purdue’s OWL MLA Formatting and Style Guide
- MLA Style Aide brought to by The Cooperative Library Instruction Project (CLIP)
Slide 6 - Log Into BlackBoard!!
- To access the library databases you will need to be logged into Blackboard. If, at any point, you are presented with a yellow screen asking you to log-in, use your blackboard credentials to do so!
- The next section of this presentation will walk you through finding an article in one of our databases.
Slide 7 - Exploring Resources for this Assignment
- The library subscribes to over 80 databases. Some are general while others specialize in particular subject areas. The databases listed below are the best ones to use for this assignment!
Slide 8 - ProQuest ABI/INFORM Complete
- In this presentation we are going to review searching in ProQuest ABI/INFORM Complete. Please take the time to explore all the Business databases listed on the previous slide on your own.
Slide 9 - Access the Library Databases through Blackboard
Slide 10 - Browse the Databases by Subject -or- Select “A-Z List” to see an Alphabetical List.
- Choose ProQuest ABI/INFORM Complete!
Slide 11 - Perform a Keyword Search for Your Topic
- A “keyword” is a word (or a set of words) that best describes your topic.
- I’m using inventory management as a starting point for my research in this example.
- The more I focus the keywords in my search string, the more relevant my results will be!
Slide 12 - Adding “Quotations” Around Your Key Words Will Ensure Your Search Only Brings Back Results That Have Those Words In Order.
Slide 13 - Use Additional Keywords To Focus Your Results
Slide 14 - Limit Your Search by Publication Date to Find the Most Current Information Available
Slide 15 - Use Additional Keywords To Focus Your Results
Slide 16 - Select an Article, Read Through It, Take Notes, and Make Sure to Cite Your Source
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