Better Late Than Never…

Working in the library was extremely frustrating. It was unhelpful to my research and only surfaced challenges. Being in the library had me like this:

When asked to find sources to present from the library, I thought it would be easiest to go online to the library’s website and find some articles to print off. I don’t know if I was in the wrong place or what but every time I thought I found something that could be useful, I hit a dead end and could not even open the document. After trying this a few times, I gave up and decided to find a book in the library, just like in the old days. So I adjusted my search on the library website to find sources in the main library (because that’s where I was) and even that took a minute. Once I got the call numbers, I headed upstairs in search of these books and I was on my own because nobody that works in the library hangs out up there. Long story short, I could not find any of the books because they were not where they were supposed to be. I ended up finding a few others that had to do with education but they mostly focused on high school or lower education, just so I had something to show for the day. After I presented these books, I just dropped them in the book return and left.

None of the sources I found from the library were helpful or essential to my research topic so I doubt I will be using any for my paper.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Libraries.

Some people find sanctuary in a cathedral. Others find solace in nature. Nearly everyone has a hallowed place where there truly focus and find peace. For me, I believe this place might be the library. The library has the intricacies, complexities, and architectural majesty of a cathedral. If you asked me, I’d say that the shelves certainly soar like flying buttresses. The pages of books act as gateways to worlds far grander and more expansive and beautiful than any nature of the prairie land I could run to here in Oklahoma. So, needless to say, my time spent in the library was a refreshing aspect of this research process.

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The library is a place where I feel completely whole. In a library, I’m at home. Therefore, I really didn’t encounter many challenges while searching for sources. I think it was really helpful, at least for me personally, to be able to find tangible books. I always enjoy and glean more from a book if I can hold it and interact with it. I found three books (The Persuasive Power of Campaign Advertising, Pulp Politics, and Going Negative), which reinforce my hypothesis (voter turnout correlates positively to negative political advertisements) while shedding light on more details that I probably wouldn’t have found in a research article. The sheer amount of information included in a book far exceeds what can be included in a research article, so I’m learning a lot. I find that very exciting. I’ve been grateful for our library days. I’ve found that the pursuit of information in a library is both liberty and life-giving.

So maybe I have been a bit bitter about this whole thing. Let me explain.

Well, the library. Where to begin.

I think the library is awful. No, but seriously. I get way overwhelmed. Think about it, five floors swamped with books and materials I am not fond of. I read on, let’s be honest, an eighth grade level or at least that is what I like to read at. It is just not my cup of tea (well I don’t like tea either). 

 

Perfect example, to some this picture is spot on… to me… dead wrong. 🙂 

Now, the library IS helpful in a few ways. For example, learning about the databases no matter how distracted I got, was actually helpful. I don’t know how to research and that lesson at least gave me a reliable way to find sources. I genuinely appreciate that. That is how the library has helped me in this process. I do not want to have to go and find books out of thousands there then look through the thousands of pages. So these databases help. Learning how to use these databases was challenging in a way because it was new, I just felt like should have already known this process however it was very foreign. I knew searching would be hard, simple because it is not something I like or want to do or have had much practice at. Still, learning briefly about the databases and doing these posts has helped immensely and I am no longer worried about writing this paper (no matter how much I have complained or been sarcastic in my previous posts).

However, the resources I have obtained through searching the databases and doing these posts I believe are very helpful and interesting, only because I skipped over the boring ones and got straight to the point. I feel like these sources I have will give a clearer statement on concussions and the sleeping treatment for them.

These are two articles, both from blog post 6, I am really proud of and will  probably be the majority of my argument and explanation:

  • This article deals with the effects of rest and treatment following sport-related concussion. The abstract discusses how the rest period after a concussion can be beneficial but there is other treatment to consider and also rest may not always be the best in some cases. I feel like there will not be a clear answer to my question I am trying to answer. Kind of like my biology labs. The thing that is difficult is that each concussion for someone is different. No two are the same and they practically all have to be treated differently based on the cause of the concussion, the diagnosis of concussion, and various other conditions.
  • Am 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…

Now these create the two points I want to make: each concussion needs a different evaluation and treatment and also sleep is a good remedy for quite a few types of concussion, still, there are many factors to include into the evaluation that effect the sleeping treatment.

Now I understand this may be boring, becuase trust me, at first I thought the same. After doing a slight amount of research and I mean actually researching and reading, it became interesting. I am proud of this work! 🙂

 

Since I have good articles about my main points, these shape my paper very well. I went into research narrow minded and not wanting to search but one thing and these articles along with the others have expanded the topic and given it a better answer than a yes or no, but instead an explanation and understanding. Sorry to leave you on a serious note, but that’s all folks. 😉

 

Now you knew I wasn’t serious about leaving on a serious note, right? 🙂

 

Going on a Book Hunt

Any one person could walk into the library in search of something and then want to walk straight out. Which is exactly how I felt when given the task to find sources there. There’s thousands of books on five floors with only a piece a paper and some numbers as a guide. However, I actually liked the challenge. Although I’ll never completely understand how they organize their books, for some reason the Global Warming  topic is split between the 2nd floor and the basement.

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In my search I found three books that I’m pretty darn proud of. One goes into detail about whether it’s  myth or reality, another talks about why we should be concerned and strategies that should slow and stabilize climate change, and the last one has a whole part pertaining to the carbon cycle! I feel like such a nerd because, to me, this stuff is so interesting. I mean, it’s the fate of our world we’re talking about here!

They all support my thesis, although sometimes I forget that my thesis isn’t denying that global climate change exists, it’s merely stating that we’ll still have winter with slowly increasing temperatures. Yet it doesn’t hurt to dig a little deeper in my research and go beyond the Cracked article.  I have to say, I’m  pretty excited to pull everything I’ve found together for my final project.

 

Wrapping it Up

The library was very helpful to me because it made me search for a variety of sources. In my past essays, I have found only two or three non-academic articles and stuck to just that information. Searching for different sources is probably the most underrated step in the writing process. The library days offer me a free hour every week to search for different sources, which was very helpful. Previously, I had never used ProQuest to find sources for my papers, but through this project, I have come to find that ProQuest is very helpful and has a lot of useful information in its databases.

The quality of these sources were pretty high for the most part. The earlier sources I found were less helpful because I wasn’t sure what to search for. I initially tried searching “imported food” and “locally grown food” on ProQuest and got very little help with my research. I got a lot of results that contradicted my Cracked article. I started searching “food miles” and it helped me a lot. Most of those articles from the food miles search had research done on the traveling and carbon emissions that come from eating locally grown food.

One of the important articles I used as a source was titled “Food Miles, Local Eating, and Community Supported Agriculture: Putting Local Food in It’s Place.” The authors talk about how another study concluded that the term “local” is meaningless. This article disagrees, saying that there is a difference between local and non-local food. They couldn’t really come to a conclusion which one is better, but instead they concluded that it depends on the food systems and connections around the food and consumer. In a way, it supports the Cracked article because there is no big difference between local food and imported food and their respective carbon emissions.

Library Days

We spent hours at the library either searching in the sea of books, trying to stay afloat or on the computers searching databases. I personally found the databases to be much more helpful in finding academic articles. It is too easy to get lost in the sea of books. When i initially looked for articles before picking my topic (just to feel it out and see if there was any research on it) I got a couple hits. But after looking further into it, those couple hits were all I was getting. Believe it or not there is very few research on the NBA being rigged.

DUH!!!

Although the sources I have found will be very helpful, it has been difficult to reach that 8-10 range that is required. I’ve very picky with my articles and the first question i ask myself is, “Where will  this fit into my paper?” After all this ‘blogging’ nonsense is over I think i’ll be able to put together a well written paper with the sources i’ve found.

What is this library you speak of??

I enjoy coming to the library to do my research because it eliminates the distractions of my room. Being on OSU’s internet allows for me to use my preferred search engine of Google scholar to get reliable sources. When i do decide to use the library’s databases i use either Proquest or Ebsco.

 

 

After looking back and rereading my sources I feel like i have a better sense about my topic of depression. They all provide well sought through information. They may not be the most interesting things to read through especially given my topic. As a whole though they are providing  the information i need.

“Give it to me! Give me the information i need!”

With the sources i know I will be able to direct my research with the angle i would like.  Finding research done on the topic and studies conducted has been easy, but they always seem to be more specific on gender or age. Where i am aiming for generalization of the topic.

 

 

Trip down memory lane

The process I took to find my sources:

  • Went to the library and logged in on a computer
  • Searched for online academic articles on the libraries databases
  • Gave up on academic articles (unfortunately when I searched Middle Ages and Science the databases thought I was looking for articles over middle aged human beings)
  • Looked up books over my topic
  • Found some good books about the Middle Ages
  • Located said books in the library
  • Checked them out and went back to my apartment

baby.computer.confused.site.sized   This is how I felt trying to use the libraries databases to find academic articles

Since my topic is over the Middle Ages I have yet to find a good academic article, but there are near endless books that make up for it. One challenge that comes with books is finding the information I need from their word filled pages without reading the whole book. I have been successful at this with two books so far: Medieval Science in the Middle Ages, and The Foundations of Modern Science in the Middle Ages. The other books I got are more dense and take more patience to get through. Even though the books are not easy reads they are all interesting.

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The books cover all the points the Cracked article talks about and more. They also support the claims the Cracked article is making, which is that science was not dead in the Middle ages. The two books I mentioned specifically provide an abundance of information over institutional history, the first universities and the curriculum that was used in these schools. Others provide information over medical practices at the time and different areas of study such as mathematics and astrology. In my paper I hope to use these and branch out into other technologies that were advanced during the Middle Ages.

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No matter what time period, this is what doing complicated math looks like!

Blog Post #8: The Magic of the Dewey Decimal System

For the rest of my life, one number will stay with me for the rest of my life. It was both a horror, and a salvation. 330. What is so special about 330? 330 is the Dewey Decimal System number for Economics. And it is a BROAD topic. I even managed to find a book from the late 1800’s that concerned the economic impacts of how a master treated their slaves.

Finding actual books in the library turned out to be more work than I anticipated, but it was a lot of fun. I would hardly realize 40 minutes had passed before I found my books. All together, I got two books on the history of economics between China and the U.S., and another book about the history of Debt in the U.S., and our current policies concerning it.

These books look like they are going to be very helpful. It is going to be interesting trying to work my way through them over the next week, looking for information.

So What Is Going On In The World?

Searching for sources in the library was not a lot different then searching from my room. Since I live on campus I have access to the library from my room—which is probably why it was not that different. When I was going into the library to search I knew that there would not be any books on my topic since I had searched before I went in there.

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So the only difficulty I had was finding a computer, and making sure it was printing to the printer next to me. The sources that I found were very helpful while I found them interesting because I am very interested in my topic I am not so sure someone else would. The three sources that I choose for this blog post were all from popular magazines. Such as the article from The Wall Street Journal which I talked about in one of my previous posts. My other two articles which I have also previously talked about in blog posts are from US News and World Report and Environmental Nutrition. What I like about the popular magazines are that they give another point of view from the academic articles. Most people do not sit around reading academic articles all day, so this is the information they are getting. So I think that it will be interesting to have the information that people are reading in my paper. These articles seem to go along with what other articles are saying in that people should read the warning labels on plastics before they microwave their food. Most of my articles go against my Cracked.com article.