MEJO 701: Research Methods

Library To Do List

Here are four tasks plus one optional task for you to complete prior to the library session on August 31.Checklist

  • Complete Search Scenario, Part 1
  • Watch all seven Library Hacks videos (11 min.)
  • Complete Search Scenario, Part 2
  • Take notes using Luker’s Sample Search Log

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Search Scenario 1

 Your class client is the town of Carrboro, N.C., and their communications coordinator is developing best practices for social media use during natural disasters. Your advisor suggested you read the following:

  • Yates, D., & Paquette, S. (2011). “Emergency Knowledge Management and Social Media Technologies: A Case Study of the 2010 Haitian Earthquake.” International Journal of Information Management, 31(1), 6-13.
  • Spence, P. R., Lachlan, K. A., Lin, X., & del Greco, M. (2015). “Variability in Twitter Content Across the Stages of a Natural Disaster: Implications for Crisis Communication.” Communication Quarterly, 63(2), 171-186.
  • Crowe, A. (2011). “The Social Media Manifesto: A Comprehensive Review of the Impact of Social Media on Emergency Management.” Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning, 5(1), 409-420.

Find the above items as best you can. Your search options are vast!  However, an efficient searcher will make excellent use of all the resources on this page.

Search Scenario 2

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Develop a search strategy that you can use in EBSCO to find more articles on the topic of social media use during a natural disaster, that would be useful to a government communications staffer.
  • What are some words you would use to find articles?
  • How would you “truncate” those terms? (Library Hack #1)
  • What new subject terms did you discover for your search concept?  (Library Hack #2)
  • Create an account in EBSCO (Library Hack #3)
  • Reformat the articles you’ve found in APA format (Library Hack #4)
  • If the full-text article isn't available through EBSCO, how would you access it? (Library Hack #6)
  • If you want to make an appointment with Stephanie to get more help, how would you do that? (Library Hack #7)

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Luker's Sample Search Log

Search Log from Luker, K. (2008). Salsa dancing into the social sciences: Research in an age of info-glut. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.

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