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  • The Rutgers DSW Program

  • Cluster: Writing Practicum
  • Module Title: Finding & Using Literature
  • Instructor: Jeffrey Longhofer
  • Residency: February
  • Time: Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Module Description:
  • This module is designed to acquaint you with methods for identifying the literature relevant to your case study. We will address the potential and limits of Google Scholar and other uses of the Internet in conducting scholarly research. We will learn how to efficiently use the major databases housed in the Rutgers Library. We will also learn to use Reference Manager, a free resource available through the Rutgers library. This module will also address how to effectively use the literature.
  • Module Objectives:
  • 1. How to use Google Scholar to conduct research and create a resource library.
  • 2. How to recognize the limits and potential of Google Scholar and related search engines.
  • 3. How to limit your search to a literature relevant to your case study.
  • 4. How to effectively use the literature to deepen your understanding of the case material.
  • 5. How to effectively read into the bibliography.
  • 6. How to use the social sciences citation index.
  • Module Readings: (required)
  • Module Readings: (recommended)
  • 1. Simpson, T. W. (2012). Evaluating Google as an epistemic tool. Metaphilosophy, 43(4), 426-445.
  • 2. Jacsó, P. (2005). Google Scholar: the pros and the cons. Online information review29(2), 208-214.
  • 3. Rowlands, I., Nicholas, D., Williams, P., Huntington, P., Fieldhouse, M., Gunter, B., ... & Tenopir, C. (2008, July). The Google generation: the information behaviour of the researcher of the future. In Aslib Proceedings (Vol. 60, No. 4, pp. 290-310). Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
  • 4. Falagas, M. E., Pitsouni, E. I., Malietzis, G. A., & Pappas, G. (2008). Comparison of PubMed, Scopus, web of science, and Google scholar: strengths and weaknesses. The FASEB Journal, 22(2), 338-342.
  • 5. Falagas, M. E., Pitsouni, E. I., Malietzis, G. A., & Pappas, G. (2008). Comparison of PubMed, Scopus, web of science, and Google scholar: strengths and weaknesses. The FASEB Journal, 22(2), 338-342.
  • Module Reflection Questions:
  • 1. Peruse the Annual Reviews (Sociology, Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Public Health, Political Science). Identify two articles that seem relevant to your case study. Read them carefully and write one page that describes how you might use the review to deepen your understanding.