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Research Consultations

Posted by lrath on May 8, 2009

Schedule a research consultation if you need in-depth assistance with complex research assignments. Learn how to:

  • Focus your research topic
  • Plan your research strategy
  • Identify relevant sources of information
  • Find and evaluate sources efficiently

For brief or basic questions, try the reference desk, chat online with us now, or email us.

If needed, sessions can be up to 60 minutes long. Consultations are open to Baruch College students, faculty, and staff only. Group appointments are available. Please allow a minimum of two days for us to schedule an appointment with you.

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Writing Literature Reviews

Posted by lrath on January 11, 2009

You have a research paper to write, and you need to do a literature review. Not sure what that is, how to do it, or how to incorporate it into your paper? Here are some websites to help you:

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Writing Literature Reviews

Posted by lrath on January 10, 2008

You have a research paper to write, and you need to do a literature review. Not sure what that is, how to do it, or how to incorporate it into your paper? Here are some websites to help you:

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Organize & Document Your Research

Posted by lrath on November 8, 2007

Ever misplace the “perfect” article you printed for a paper? And then spent an hour or two trying to find it again? Or do you feel overwhelmed with tackling all the resources at the library, and you can’t remember which ones you have –or haven’t– already used?

A good way to manage and organize your research process is to document it. Documenting will also help you save time if you need to retrace your research steps.

The Newman Library created a reference worksheet to help you with documenting and organizing your research.

You should also use RefWorks (read earlier post about RefWorks), which lets you create folders to “hold” your articles. You can export articles from library databases to your RefWorks account (and you can link back to the article in the database). You can also create bibliographies from the articles in your folders.

What type of information should you document?

  • Library databases you want to use, or already used
  • Identify the materials found in each database (scholarly articles, newspaper articles, statistics, case studies, etc.)
  • List of keywords describing your research topic. Please remember that a keyword may work well in one database, but not so well in another. So, note which keywords work well for each database you use.
  • Authors or producers of information that may cover your topic due to their interests (experts, academic researchers, organizations, government agencies, trade organizations, etc.)
  • Other resources, such as websites or reports from think tanks (these are often mentioned in articles)
  • Keep track of the databases and keywords that didn’t work so well for your topic (so you don’t waste time trying the same database/keyword again)
RefWorksheet page 1

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Ask a Librarian Online Help

Posted by lrath on July 13, 2006

Online chatting with a librarian is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. This service provides suggestions on where and how to search for information, availability of an item in the library, and library policies and services. Go to Ask a Librarian to connect to the service and to read the guidelines for use. (Please note that this is a cooperative service staffed by academic librarians throughout the United States, ensuring a librarian is available no matter what time you connect. You may not always connect with a Newman Library librarian.

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Graduate Consultation Lab

Posted by lrath on July 13, 2006

Room 445 in the Newman Library is available for small group consultation or instruction sessions by appointment with a librarian. We can assist with research assignments, projects, theses and dissertations, and provide instruction for effective research strategies and in specialized databases. It is equipped with four workstations and a color scanner. Contact Linda Rath, Graduate Services Librarian, for more information at: linda_rath@baruch.cuny.edu or (646) 312-1622.

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