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Music and Gender: Start / Think Strategically

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STRUCTURE YOUR RESEARCH STRATEGICALLY

  • FIND BACKGROUND INFORMATION FIRST. Note essential themes, issues and aspects of the topic you want to pursue.
    • Use One Search, the default search box on the library home page, to find a few articles
    • Use Encyclopedias recommended on this guide
    • Look at Wikipedia or other free resources on the web.
  • MAKE A LIST OF CONCEPTS AND KEYWORDS RELEVANT TO YOUR TOPIC.
  • GROUP THOSE CONCEPTS  SIMILAR IN MEANING TOGETHER WITH "OR". COMBINE DIFFERENT CONCEPTS WITH "AND". 
    • e.g. (gender OR sex* OR femin*) AND (music* OR media) AND Rihanna
  • USE TERMINOLOGY AND FACTS LEARNED FROM BACKGROUND INFORMATION TO SEARCH FOR:
  • INVESTIGATE THE FOOTNOTES AND BIBLIOGRAPHIES OF EVERY GOOD SOURCE, TO FIND LEADS TO MORE SOURCES
  • EVALUATE SOURCES YOU HAVE FOUND. Where is the information coming from; is it biased or opinionated; is it scholarly; is it up-to-date; can you retrace where the author found the informaiton? Are you using primary source material (e.g. videos, music, interviews with the  musician, photographs, reviews of music recordings, live shows, etc. in newspapers, blogs, zines).
  • CITE SOURCES OF INFORMATION USING CHICAGO MANUAL OF STYLE.

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