Research for Project 1: On the Shoulders of Giants Two-Page Timeline, Presentation and Annotated References

Take time to explore the variety of scholarly library resources available for your research. Respond to the following questions on paper and ask us any questions as we make our way around.

Use the class library guide which is a link on the course webpages (Google Dr. Sarah... class highlights): UCO 1200 Breakthroughs and Controversies in Science and Math. The guide contains web links to the library resources you are asked to explore.

Note: As you search, adding quotations around phrases, or using Advanced Search features may help you find more applicable information. Example: "genetically modified"

Searching for a topic and adding a term like chronology, timeline, breakthrough, controversy, mathematician, or scientist may also be helpful. Example: "genetically modified" chronology

  1. What is the topic you plan to explore for the research project? You may need to tweak your topic later, such as narrowing or broadening it.

  2. Go to the library guide. On the guide, click the Articles tab. Explore the resources CQ Researcher and Academic Search Complete Search CQ Researcher (Try Keyword... or Advanced Search).
    Reports are written by an experienced journalist and features comments from experts, lawmakers and citizens on all sides of every issue. Numerous charts, graphs and sidebar articles, plus a pro-con feature, chronology, lengthy bibliographies and a list of contacts, round out each report.

    Write down:
    a) Can you locate a chronology related to your topic?
    b) What search terms did you you try?
    c) Note something relevant that you found (you may need to vary the search terms)

    Search Academic Search Complete for your topic. This searches over 13,000 journals in many disciplines including biological sciences, communications, engineering, arts and literature. Coverage: 1980-present.

    Write down:
    d) Articles related to your topic. Example: article and journal title, author, year, pages, volume, issue

  3. On the library guide, go to the Books & eBooks tab. Search the Library Catalog using keywords. Note the call number of any item you want to locate.

  4. On the library guide, go to the Encyclopedias tab. Explore the following encyclopedias for your topic. Search the Gale Virtual Reference Library for your topic. This source provides full text to more than 100 reference sources, primarily encyclopedias.

    Search the Credo Reference for your topic. This source provides access to hundreds of reference books (encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies, quotations) from academic publishers.

    Search Salem Press Online for your topic. This includes the Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Society I co-edited as well as their Great Lives and Milestone Documents series.

    Search Science in Context for your topic. This source provides access to reference content, magazines, journals, news sources, experiments, videos, audio files, and more.
  5. On the library guide, go to the Images and More tab. Find an interesting scientific picture that relates to your topic.
    Write down the source (careful--if it is a database of images, like Google images, be sure to go the original source to use as your citation, rather than listing the database link)

Focused Search: Use books, articles, and encyclopedias on the library guide to investigate the topics and find information for your project.
  1. Research a scientist or mathematician related to your topic, including their
    a) name
    b) contribution
    c) what kind of scientist or mathematician they are
    d) and where they were from
    Respond to the above and keep track of the sources you use (for the annotated bibliography)

  2. Research a scientific controversy related to your topic. Write down
    a) the controversy
    b) the date or range of dates
    Respond to the above and keep track of the sources you use (for the annotated bibliography)

  3. Research a scientific breakthrough or other scientific connection.

  4. Research a mathematical breakthrough or other mathematical connection.

  5. Research some modern connections to science or mathematics, if possible.

  6. Read through Research Project 1--do you have any questions?

  7. Continue researching to find more connections.