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I’ve decided. This post is going to be incredibly informal. Not that my other’s were terribly formal, but you get the jest of it. I mean look at my title, rebel. I’m not going to even look at my fifth post to go off of. Here’s to roughin’ it!

THE PROCESS. Step 1: Get on a PC; no macs allowed. Boom.

Step 2. Pull up the windows you need. For me it’s the OSU Library website, Pandora, D2L Assignment sheet, and lastly wordpress.

Step 3. Stare at the assignment sheet for approximately 5 minutes, proceed to search for topic on Library database.

Step 4.  Flip through Pandora channels, then get frustrated when none of them play anything good and switch to Youtube.

Step 5. Get distracted by Youtube.

Step 6. Remember what you were doing and shut off the video of a kid falling out of his chair for an ice-cream truck. *For distraction, click here* (Literally almost died laughing; my sickness made me cough uncontrollably.)

Step 7. Attempt to find articles and fail miserably.

And that’s my process. I bagged on the library search engine pretty badly on my last post, and my attitude towards it has changed actually. When I searched for stuff last Friday at the library I actually found three amazing books on the topic. So I take back what I said Library, you aren’t lame, you’re more than just a pretty face (OSU Campus icon) you’re actually full of knowledge.

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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.”

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So far, it seems that most of my sources contain the same information so I’m starting to wonder if I have enough to write a paper. I’m trying to find more information about the factors that effect students’ choice to attend college such as expenses, authority influences, etc. So that’s where my research is headed.

Blog #6: Revision of Infomercial/ How Much I Suck at Databasing

When I first started using the Library Database, I was impressed with how easy it was to use. The simplicity of filtering through different types of content made searching for article made the search almost fun. 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 three academic article related to my topic in minutes.

I did have one problem with the libraries system. Apparently, in order to search through the databases, you have to be logged in or on campus. I had a little trouble longing in. For 4 hours. On the worst internet connection I had used in my life. I even managed to pull one article up, but then it denied me access to the full article. However, once I was back on campus, I had no problems at all.

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!

Part 2: Books and Articles and Databases…Oh My!

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 Edmon Low Library, the most prominent building on campus and source of information for all students. Five stories tall plus a basement all filled with shelves upon shelves of books, not to mention the thousands of online articles. The library is a wonderful tool…if you know how to use it. It isn’t the finding of the actual book that stumps me, no my problem starts with a computer and the ever elusive academic article. I searched on Proquest (which is a search engine available through the library) and the library database but I could not find an article that was remotely helpful. This is probably because of the topic I chose, Science in the Middle Ages. Because this is not a cutting edge or even a remotely recent topic (the Middle Ages ended around the year 1500) there is a lack of peer reviewed academic articles. Realizing this I abandoned the quest for the academic article and began the search for a book.

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I found Science in the Middle Ages by David C. Lindberg in the library’s catalog. When I was getting the book off the shelf I found another book by it called  Medieval Science and Technology by Elspeth Whitney. These two books have been immensely helpful in finding information, especially Medieval Science and TechnologyI have used Medieval Science and Technology to find  information about institutional history and the early universities.

Questioning Imported Food

I started off my search for articles on my research topic of the true benefits of eating locally grown food or imported food on the Edmon Low Library website. First, I searched the words “eating locally” on ProQuest and I got more than 700 results. I looked through the first few pages of results and I really couldn’t find anything that seemed relative to the topic I am researching. So, I tried searching “is eating locally better” and that seemed to narrow down the results quite a bit. I decided to investigate the second article on the list of results which was titled “Which is Better: Locally Grown Produce That Might Not Be Organic or Imported Certified Organic Produce?”

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Upon opening up the article, I quickly found that this article would be very limited on its ability to provide me with adequate research for my topic. The article only consists of a person asking a question about whether it is better to eat imported organic food or locally grown non-organic food. The main point that the answerer states is that an ideal world would allow for organic food to be eaten everywhere, year round. Of course that is highly impossible with all the extreme climates around the world that don’t allow for adequate food growing. This goes completely against my Cracked article.

I found some more articles about eating locally, however they are not supportive of my claim. I’ve found that searching the words “food miles” is a much better way to find more articles about the topic, rather than searching “eating locally.”

Same Thing Different Day

I started out my search by selecting the database that I wanted to search in. I selected ProQuest and EBSCO to do my search in.

ProQuest was much harder then EBSCO to find good articles with.

On ProQuest I had to get a lot more general with my search to even find any sources while I did find four articles. My article from The New York Times said, “The food industry has already been fighting legislation in the Senate backed by Dianne Feinstein of California that would ban bisphenol-A, commonly found in plastics and better known as BPA, from food and beverage containers.” My article BPA In Plastic Bottles-Another View says that the FDA made a mistake in reviews of studies about BPA causing harm. It also says that they failed to take into account the fact that microwaving could increase the amount of BPA in baby formula or milk. The FDA also relied too much on studies made by companies that make BPA. These two articles are very helpful. They also contradict what my Cracked.com article said about microwaving food in plastic. My Cracked.com article said that microwaving food with plastic does not release toxins. However, the articles that I found from ProQuest say that it does release toxins.

On EBSCO I found a lot more articles then I did on ProQuest. However, some of the articles I found on EBSCO were not that helpful. This one article only had small paragraphs about microwaving plastics which was not very helpful. However, I did find a helpful article. The article is Microwaving Food in Plastic: Dangerous or Not? this article is from Harvard Women’s Health Watch. It talks about how substances for making plastics can leak out during microwaving. The article says this is actually more likely to happen in fatty food such as meat and cheeses. The article says, “The FDA, recognizing the potential for small amounts of plasticizers to migrate, closely regulates plastic containers and materials that come into contact with food.” At the end of the article it gives guidelines about how to microwave foods properly.

Searching for Sources

Searching for sources definitely isn’t my forte, however, when the time comes to write a paper, any type of information is gladly taken. My current experience in attempting to find an article or book over my topic was somewhat of a tedious process:

  1. Walk to my floor lounge
  2. Open up my laptop
  3. Connect to the school wifi (which in my case took FOREVER since Drummond wifi doesn’t work from the pleasure of my room)
  4. Look up my Cracked artice topic
  5. Open up the OSU Libaray database
    -Now here’s where I begin to stress out and want to pull my hair out-
  6. Search: health affected by piercings—-> No results
    Search: piercings affect health—-> No results
    Search: health and piercings—-> No results
    Search: (anything that had to do with health and piercings or just piercings
    in general)—->NOTHING

What I felt like doing to my laptop after the 849132849th time it told me there weren’t any results.

This was a continuous process that left me hopeless in the end.

Asked to find sources today at the library was not only difficult but also a hassle. As I wondered around the library database as well as the library itself, I found myself asking the question, “What am I really looking for?” Since the library database wasn’t my number one choice I went over to a librarian and she helped me out with finding a book that was related to my topic. 

After searching for my topic I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to specifically find one over the affects of having a facial piercing that could potentially damage your health, so I looked up just the word piercing and there I had about 90 books that were related to my search. I found an article on EBSCO host that introduces the style of having facial piercings as well as tattoos. I think having tattoos in my research paper is essential because not only does it fit in well with the aspect of “changing” your body but they also go hand in hand. That’s why I got a primary source about Kat Von D and her lifestyle: her book, High Voltage Tattoo.

There are also two books that I was looking for, however one was lost somewhere in the library and the other was in the Veterinary Medicine Library so I’m gradually continuing my search for sources.

Blog Post 6: Analytical Writing

I could use more of an analytical approach. It would make me think about different and new things to add into my research. I could add more pictures because drinking pictures are usually funny and it would make people laugh so that could help my research as well. Im not sure how someone completely different would respond. They probably would not like it because im pretty straight forward. I could add funny pictures and maybe throw in a joke here in there to make it more fun. My perspective has changed in how people get tired of reading the same thing over and over because im the same way.

Deploy Lifesaving Device I’m Drowning In Research!

Databases can either be your savior when it comes to research or it can be your worst nightmare.

 

In my situation it turned out to be a headache more than anything.

“Make the  pain go away! Just make it stop!”

Depression is kinda a broad topic and  difficult (for the most to narrow down)(well at least in my case). Unless you are looking in to specific genders, age groups or races depression is not the easiest thing to research. For my paper i plan on focusing more on the effects of depression and the disorder as a whole. So after reading through what seemed like a million and article abstracts, i was able to find some that had what i was looking for.

“insert victory dance” I got what i was looking for!

Proquest gave me this article that talks about the generalization of clinical of depression. This study will come in handy for my paper because it gives me actual insight on how people are diagnosed for depression. It also just helps me see how depression as a whole can affect individuals.

Though the library databases are helpful and provide several options. I found an informative article using google scholar. The article is about a longitudinal study over the long term effects of suffering from depression.

“A Whole New World!”

I was able to find another helpful article while browsing proquest. In this article it also talks about the long-term effects but mentions the self perceived stress these individuals place on themselves.

With all that i have researched and found i think i am receiving a better understanding of depression as a disease not just a cop-out for feeling sad. I think with all i have found i will be able to get my point across that depression can affect anyone at any point during ones life. I hope i will also be able to offer ways for people to be able to coop with depression if they suffer from it and be willing to seek out help if needed.

Blog Post 6: Delving into Databases (revised).

Once upon a time, a young girl set out on upon a noble quest. She was deeply troubled by the whirlwind of negativity and materialism, which the leaders of her kingdom displayed. She determined to discover the rationale behind their actions.

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The first step of her quest required her to plunge into the murky depths of research. The amount of information she waded through was overwhelming and began to bog her down. Just as despair seemed to encompass her every thought, she remembered a gift, which had been bestowed upon her by her Fairy Librarian.

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The gift of EBSCO possessed magical powers of clarity, sorting, and insight. By using this tool as her guide, her adventure in the realm of research was smooth sailing.

Thanks to EBSCO, she quickly made three new friends who would help her decipher the actions of the corrupted rulers of her kingdom.

Faber, Tims, and Schmitt explained to her how previous habits can influence a person’s susceptibility to the influence of these negative attacks.

Jackson, Mondak, and Huckfeldt further described the contrast between citizens responding to these attacks with either political cynicism or increased curiosity.

Krupnikov taught her that everything we make is a choice, however, the environment we live in and the conduct of our leaders can shape those choices.

So, in the end, thanks to the gift of her Fairy Librarian and her new friends that she met in the Database Swamp, our heroine felt thoroughly equipped to further investigate the calamities of her kingdom, so that others can live happily ever after.