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FIS 305 - Ways of Knowing

FIS 305 - Specific Resources

What is research? -  How might different disciplines approach it?  Use Reference materials to get a basic understanding.  Try searching for research, "research method*", etc.  Or search by discipline.

ASU Library Databases -  Over 600 library-selected resources, searchable by topic/subject or resource type (Biographies to Government Documents to Tests and Measurements).  Best bets include:

  • CQ Researcher -  in-depth, authoritative reports on a full range of political and social-policy issues extending back to 1923. Each report is footnoted and includes an overview, background section, chronology, bibliography and debate-style pro-con feature, plus tools to study the evolution of the topic over time.
  • Academic Search Premier - A multidisciplinary article database which covers thousands of mostly English-language popular magazines and scholarly (including peer-reviewed) journals. Includes topics in the social sciences, humanities, general science, education and most areas of academic study


Specialized Resources

In addition to the other resources in this Library Guide, the following items have been highlighted to help you prepare for class sessions and assignments:

Weekly Topics - Use Background Research resources to search your terms

Literature Reviews - A literature review not only summarizes the knowledge of a particular area or field of study, it also evaluates what has been done, what still needs to be done and why all of this is important to the subject.

Peer Reviews - The main purpose for using peer editing or small-group editing is feedback… helpful feedback. 

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