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A More Complete List of Lists Every Researcher (i.e. student) Should Keep
1. Keywords from thinking, brainstorming, background reading, or a thesaurus
2. Relevant call numbers, to use for both shelf and online browsing purposes
3. Subject headings from the fullest display in an online catalog and subject descriptors from every relevant article database
4. Authors and scholars whose work is repeatedly mentioned by others
5. Titles of peer-reviewed journals and popular periodicals
6. Titles of relevant reference tools related to the research project
7. Publishers that seem to specialize in the field
8. Institutions, associations, societies, or government agencies that focus on the area of interest
9. Dates, such as the life span of key people, the exact date of a major event, or the publication year of primary sources
10. Order of the steps taken to obtain background information and discover sources, including the navigation path leading to electronic resources and the address of useful Web page
(Elements of Library Research, 2008, pp. 82)
1. Follow the Bibliographic trail
2. Browse the shelves via call number browse in the online catalog
3. Footnote chasing: Used to identify important works in a field of study by following the cited references from the bibliography of an article.
4. Citation tracking: Used to follow the development of ideas from an article by following the cited references in another article. Easily done using Ebsco or ProQuest cited references tab.
5. Browse the library’s Reference collection
6. Do a preliminary search in Google Scholar to see what is available on your research topic
7. Check the tables of content of relevant print and electronic journals to uncover promising articles, check journal issues from the prior ten years
8. Talk to Your Reference Librarians
(A manual for writing, 2007, pp. 29-32)