Monday, October 26
8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room 1

Where Do I Begin? Using Library Resources to Develop a Research Proposal

Workshop ID: 58207
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    Kelly Heider
    Indiana University of PA

Abstract: This ninety-minute workshop will be led by an experienced faculty member and researcher who works for the university library at a doctoral degree-granting institution. Session participants will learn how to locate peer-reviewed journal articles for a literature review, identify a gap in the research, and propose a study to address the gap. The presenter will demonstrate subscription-based resources commonly used by faculty and students in teacher education programs at the masters and doctoral level including the EBSCOhost, ProQuest, and SAGE Premier interfaces and the SAGE Research Methods database.


Through a step-by-step process, participants will learn how to:  Determine a research topic  Develop a preliminary research question  Locate key words in their research question  Formulate an advanced, Boolean search string  Use expanders and limiters in their search  Differentiate research articles (i.e. review articles, conceptual/theoretical articles, and empirical research articles)  Identify a gap in the research  Develop a problem statement they will address and research questions they will try to answer through their proposed study  Explore methodology they might use to address their problem statement and answer their research questions

Topical Outline

1. Determine your topic. 2. Develop a preliminary research question. 3. Locate key words in your preliminary research question. 4. Choose appropriate resources (e.g. EBSCOhost, ProQuest, SAGE Premier). 5. Formulate a search string using Boolean operators (AND, OR & NOT). 6. Use expanders and limiters. 7. Reformulate your search string as needed. 8. Identify a gap in the research. 9. Develop a problem statement you will address and research questions you will try to answer through your proposed study. 10. Use SAGE Research Methods Online to explore methodology you might use to address your problem statement and answer your new research questions.

Experience Level



The presenter is a full professor and education librarian at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has taught information literacy sessions and academic research credit-bearing courses to graduate students for the last fourteen years.


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