Blog Post 5: Simple Searching.

The process of searching on library databases is fairly simple. The challenges were when I would try to somewhat specific absolutely nothing that I want to talk about would come up. So I had to be real vague in my search to find articles. Searching through the library database did help because I may have found more articles I could possibly use. The quality of my sources seems to be trustworthy and informative. The sources I found talked more about the addictive side of drinking and how it can lead to domestic violence which are interesting things to talk about. I think these sources will help expand my project a little more and give me more to talk about.

Blog Post #5: Script for Database Informercial/ How I Found Sources

When I first started using the Library Database search program, I was very impressed. It is so easy to use, and being able to filter through categories as simple as it was made a huge difference. Having done research papers in the past without any training towards how to use a database, I can tell that it is going to make searching for sources much less complicated than being thrown into a library and told “go”. I was able to find tons of material related to my topic in minutes. The only problem I had was that, after finding one source and accidentally closing the page, it was near impossible to find it again. Of course, that’s my fault for not writing down what the title was.

The sources that I found seem like they are going to be extremely helpful to my paper. I searched primarily for academic articles, since my Cracked article had none cited. The sources all seem like they will be very helpful in the long run, but, as is almost any economic article, they are extremely boring to read. But that’s the challenge I set for myself, right? To accept the most boring and challenging topic and make it interesting? (What is wrong with me…)

The sources, with such captivating titles as “The Role of China in the U.S. Debt Crisis”, “China Buys Up U.S. Debt”, and the (actually interesting sounding) “Debt Crisis and Candy Cigarettes”, are filled with promising info about why China is currently buying U.S. debt and what may come of it in the future. Interestingly enough, it seems like they may not be in full support of the ideas put forth by Cracked. Only time will tell!

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When we were in the library on Friday, I was reminded of high school. Every year, we would go to the library and the librarian would show us how to find sources. EBSCO Host was one of them so finding articles through the databases was pretty easy. By the way, did it bother anyone else that she kept spelling ‘Hurricane’ without the e, or was it just me? The first article I found was a scanned copy of The Saturday Evening Post, which I thought was kind of cool. It emphasized the importance of college education in the U.S. Characteristics of students who should not go to college, significance of attending college, and the quality of college education in the country. (I pulled that from the abstract) The second article I found on EBSCO discussed that students should go to college in order to succeed in society as an adult, but that students do not get the correct information about what is required to succeed in higher education. The author explains that the knowledge and skills that are taught in high schools are different from college entrance and placement requirements. It provided charts and diagrams that I found interesting like popular misconceptions about college versus realities. The third article I found related most to one of my Cracked articles and it may potentially be helpful when I start writing my paper. “The author discusses his belief that sometimes students should not go to college right after they graduate high school. The author points out that there are times when students either drop out of college in their first year, or they switch to a community college closer to home. It is the author’s belief that students should not have to feel pressure to go to college, and instead explore positive alternatives. The author suggests that a student takes a year after high school to travel or work.”

Dazed and Confused… in the Library

Since I had to go and find a scholarly article on my own for my Cracked article. I’d like to think myself as a professional at finding sources. However, I’ve found that I prefer using J-Stor of the Library’s databases.

My biggest problem was finding decent articles about my topic. Most of the sources I clicked on would take me to short entries or sometimes they wouldn’t even pull up the page. Out of all the articles I looked at my favorite is Melting Spurs Wild Weather . The rest of the articles are pretty boring, and even worse–they don’t have an abstract! The horror, right?

Anyway, the article linked above in a way contradicts my thesis. It talks about the dramatic weather changes recently like the drought in 2012. The cause? The jet-stream; the same cause for the “Polar Vortex” that hit us hard a few weeks ago. Now you might be asking, what does the jet-stream have to do with climate change? Well it turns out the Arctic sea-ice retreat alter large-scale atmospheric circulation patterns.

Now, this only slightly contradicts my claim because these drastic changes only happen in short spurts and don’t effect long term climate change. I just thought it was very intriguing that geology can also be a big part of meteorology too!

ProQuest vs. Cracked

I used ProQuest to search for the articles about my topic of eating locally grown food vs. eating imported food. At first, I searched the words “eating locally” which gave me about 700 articles that I couldn’t use. So then I searched “is eating locally better” which greatly narrowed down my results to 203 and I was able to find a few somewhat helpful articles.

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The first article I found was titled “Which is Better: Locally Grown Produce That Might Not Be Organic or Imported Certified Organic Produce?” This article is very short and very limited on its ability to help me as a researcher. It consists entirely of a person asking a question about living and eating healthy and if it is better to eat imported organic food over locally grown non-organic food and a lengthy answer. The first point that the answerer makes is that an ideal world would allow for organic food to be eaten everywhere, year round. However, we all know that is not possible with the numerous amount of extreme climates in certain parts of the world. Organic food has been traditionally found to contain more nutrients. The answerer then talks about how two British researches found that local food is “greener” than organic food. The final main point he gives is that local farms and markets have little to no chemical input into the environment. He concludes by saying the clear and better choice is to buy local. This entirely disagrees with my Cracked.com article and the point I am trying to make with my research.

Spying.. on accident?

I also found a few more articles that talk about eating locally. However, with titles like “Eating Locally” and “Thinking Globally: Eating Locally..” it doesn’t sound like I’m going to find much helpful research to support my argument. I have found that the point from the Cracked article is going to be somewhat difficult to support with different sources. So, instead of just coming from that point of view, I have decided it would be better to go at this topic from a neutral point of view. This way, I will be able to find more research over my topic and I will be able to decide for myself whether or not I support the Cracked article.

Databases: Back to those elementary school days where you fall asleep when they try to tell you about.. well.. the library.

Here’s five articles on concussions from the EBSCO database:

The first article I found semi helpful was about the management of the concussions. The abstract may not have said much about the sleeping aspect which is what I am investigating, but instead it covered what doctors are using to treat concussions, so this could help compare what treatments work the best with which kind of concussions.

The second was about how athletic trainers assess concussions in their players, also another good way to compare different treatments and what works for each type of concussion.

The third deals with the effects of the rest and treatment following a concussion, which is (from what I can tell) exactly what I am wanting to know.

The forth is about the simple strategies for concussions in people. Giving inside on what is the simplest may help determine how to treat the concussion, like maybe the simple concept of sleep is within this article. I would like to read into this one to see, how simple it really can be.

And FINALLY, the fifth article I found on the EBSCO database was: Cognitive Rest: The Often Neglected Aspect of Concussion Management. PERFECT.  Literally the abstract was perfect, I am looking to know this information so this is wonderful, just hope the full text is just as good…

Using the database isn’t too hard, I mean I am sure I am using it in a very narrow way, not with all of the tricks and sources available, but I am getting good information I think so I am proud and okay with using this source of finding information. It is irritating how many unrelated things in my searches but then I usually find something good, so no worries, just having to learn how to search and pick our the good ones. This is a good exercise for it too!

It got easier as I searched and read the abstracts, it became easier to see what I needed to type in to search what I was/am really looking for. *Reminder to myself to look up the bad effects of sleeping too much, after a concussion.*

I also did not add pictures because I am tired and too lazy to Google more things about concussions. Maybe next time, sorry this is just boring text but there ya go. Enjoy.

And one more thing, let’s be honest.. Using the database is not fun. Research in and of itself is not my favorite thing to do. I am learning, but also feel like I am back in middle school sitting in the library wondering what is for lunch instead of listening to the librarian teach me so pretty important stuff (that I didn’t know would be important until now..)

Looking For Articles

Looking for articles over the topic of “clothes that affect your health” in the library’s database was difficult to find, that’s why I have decided to switch to the topic of how things around your office can “kill” you. Then, after searching for a subject over toxins in printers, I couldn’t find anything over the topic. However, when I searched for either “black mold toxins” or “toner in printer” each of the results gave me a “Public Health Report” article for both. Not only that but I also searched for other general main ideas of my topic and the search seemed to always end up with 1000 results no matter how broad I made the search. Then I searched for lighting since it affects our health and was mentioned in the Cracked article and came up with the article that has to do with the spectrum measurements of a light bulb and it looked as if it would help out some. I also found an article that would help me out that was about how sitting affected someone’s health through some statistics that were observed.

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Due to the topic of my over all paper searching the library’s database is not the easiest thing to do. My topic is not the easiest to narrow enough to just get a few post to have to look at. I also noticed that while looking through articles; most of them also had themes like the elderly, certain ethnics, or age groups. Nothing that i am searching for, mine is more general and depression as a whole.

Sometimes databases just seem to be too much

Despite all that i was able to find a few articles that had what i was looking for. In this one it talks about the generalization of clinical symptoms of depression. It talks of a study done that links the symptoms to the actual diagnoses of the disorder and some of the effects that lead up to to. This seems to be helpful because it gives me an insight on how depression can affect the individuals.

AT LAST I GOT WHAT I NEEDED!!

This next article I didn’t find using the library but rather using google scholar. It is a PDF file of an academic article. This article is of a longitudinal study over the long term effects of  depression on an individual. This helps me not just focus on the effects of depression at the beginning but how if untreated it can affect your life.

When in doubt go somewhere else

Using proquest i also found a article that helps give me an insight as well on the long tern effects of depression on people. It also talks about the self-perceived stress that one puts on themself while dealing with depression.

With all these articles i think i’m receiving a better understanding of depression as a disease and not just a cop-out for feeling sad. These will help me be able to get my point across that depression can affect anyone at any point during their life. Hopefully also be able to tell others how to cope with it and seek out help when they feel they need it.

Depression is nothing to joke about and is a serious problem among individuals

Part 1: Toto We’re not in High School any more!

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The Edmon Low Library, the source of information for students all across campus. The library is a wonderful tool…if you know how to use it. I have often become frustrated by the library’s search engine when I was trying to find online, full-text academic articles. I solved this problem by giving up on academic articles and look for books. This turned out much better. I found two books already  Medieval Science and Technology by Elspeth Whitney and Science in the Middle Ages by David C. Lindberg. I hope to also check out the book Physical Science in the Middle Ages by Edward Grant.

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I found the Medieval Science and Technology on the library’s catalog and I found Science in the Middle Ages on the shelf next to the first book. The two books have been immensely helpful, especially their list of references.

“Another foul called on the NBA”

The first article that I stumbled upon while searching the library’s databases is called “Another Foul on the NBA”. The article talks about the recent troubles the NBA has been facing, including Donaghey scandal, the worst TV ratings in history, as well as overall fan interest declining. It was a little difficult finding new articles since I have already found a couple sources off of the database. I have done many research projects and I always use the library databases, it was exactly what I expected. Most of the sources I find on the databases are newspaper articles about the NBA going-ons. These aren’t as helpful as a research study, but are still useful to add to the paper. I plan on using some of the newspaper articles to introduce a topic within the topic (such as the scandal, or referee biases) and then back it with results of the research studies. I plan on using articles that help prove and also disagree with my hypothesis. Its never good to just ignore the other side. Research has shown me theres much more to my topic than originally thought. I have a couple of different ways I could take it; I just have to pick which one.