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UNIV 110 Online Course - Scholarly Inquiry and Research Methods: Assignment 3

The Assignment

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 Assignment Instructions:

Reading: Research Strategies, Chapters Four through 6.1-6.2

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State your research question.

1.  In relation to your research question:

     a. Do a search with the Books tab in OneSearch (

     b. Indicate the search words you used; and

     c. List eight books that speak to your research question (use APA, MLA, or Turabian format that includes author, title, place, publisher and date). Put your citations in alphabetical order by author, and do not number them.

[Note: Books tend to be broad, so you may need to find books that cover your topic in only one chapter or section.  For example, if you have a research question like this – To what extent was Descartes a Deist though claiming to be a Roman Catholic? – you might find that a search on Descartes Deism gets you nothing.  I that case, look for works on Descartes and find information about Deism within them.]

2.  Do the search again with the same search words.  This time, use Limit by Subject to choose one or more subject headings.  You can see how to do this in the OneSearch Guide at, column 1. This site shows two options for doing subject searches.  Use one or both of them: 


     a. List the subject headings you chose.

      b. List eight books that speak to the question (use APA, MLA, or Turabian format that includes author, title, place, publisher and date). Put your citations in alphabetical order by author, and do not number them. If you don't have eight books left, do the procedure, list the relevant books you have, and explain that there were no more. Essays from books are OK for this assignment. You may find some in your results.

Note that, with subject searches, success depends on how many results you had before you narrowed by subject.  For example, if you have 700+ results, narrowing by subject should be relatively easy.  If you have only 25 results, there will be fewer subject headings available, and they will lead you to fewer actual results.  Here's how to address this problem, if you encounter it.  Either:

i. Search more broadly.  Note that books tend to be broad.  Instead of searching on Climate change and Arctic and silver foxes, search on Climate change Arctic.  This will get you a larger number of initial results.

ii. If you can't search more broadly and you have few initial results, use the subject headings anyway, even if this produces only 2 or 3 results.  Show the subject headings you used, list the results, and explain that there are few because you didn't have many initial results.

For formatting citations, see the information in Lesson Three.

Professor William Badke


A well done assignment will include the following features:

1. Search terms that closely match the intention of your research question (keywords preferably drawn from your research questions and subject headings that at least cover the subject matter of your question).

2. Book citations that show promise of answering your research question (note that a book may cover your question in only a portion of its contents and still be useful).

3. Consistent bibliographic format.