Doing the research : Selecting sources

Exercise 2: Predicting the content from the article title.

You do not have time to read everything, so you need to decide whether a particular source may be useful.

The first thing to do is to try to find articles that are exactly the same as your topic. Use your library on-line catalogue for this. Look carefully at the titles of the articles.

Reading is an interactive process - it is two-way. This means you have to work at constructing the meaning from the marks on the paper. You need to be active all the time when you are reading. It is useful, therefore, before you start reading to try to actively remember what you know, and do not know, about the subject and then formulate questions based on the information you have. You can then read to answer these questions.

Title, sub-titles and section heading can help you formulate questions to keep you interacting.

The title is a summary of the text. Sometimes we have to make quick decisions based on only the title. Therefore it is useful to try to understand it well. This may mean looking up unfamiliar words in a dictionary.

It is a good idea to ask yourself the following questions, based on the title.

  1. Is this text relevant to your needs? Is it related to the subject you are studying?
  2. What do you expect to learn from the text? Ask yourself some questions that you expect the text to answer.

Exercises

Look at the titles of the following articles. Make sure you understand the titles and then ask some questions that you hope the text will answer. Read the abstracts and try to answer your questions.

1. What Students See: Word Processing and the Perception of Visual Design

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2. Developing German writing skills by way of Timbuktu: A pilot study comparing computer-based and conventional teaching

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3. An Aspect of Holistic Modeling in Academic Writing: Propositional Clusters as a Heuristic for Thematic Control

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4. Evaluation of a flat CRT monitor for use in radiology

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5. The Internationalization of Small High-Technology Firms.

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6. Quantitative analysis of the effects of robots on introductory Computer Science education

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7. On the Origin of Cis Selectivity in the Cyclization of N-Protected 2-Substituted 3-Aza-5-hexenyl Radicals: A Density Functional Study

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8. Politics and Paths of Rural Development in China: The Village Conglomerate in Shandong Province

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9. Genetically defined risk of salt sensitivity in an intercross of Brown Norway and Dahl S rats

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10. Internet usage of English for Academic Purposes courses

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