Resources and tips for Gender and Culture in MENA.
BEFORE you dive into your research…
- Create a personal JSTOR account (for instructions, go to the Student Information course in itslearning and open the library folder).
- Familiarize yourself with JSTOR’s My Lists feature, valuable for long-term projects.
- Customize the settings in your Google Scholar account (use an active email):
- Add library link to VCU
- Activate saving of citations to My Library
- Explore Metrics feature (and labels if you wish to use those)
- Set search Alerts if desired (require an active email)
- Decide on an organizational strategy and a note-taking method. If you need ideas, consult with Ms. DeGroat or Ms. Cross.
- Start your CMS-style source list in Noodle Tools (and revalidate your NT account)
- Submit a MLWGS university borrowing form to Ms. DeGroat in exchange for a VCU Library pass so you’re ready to borrow books from VCU Libraries.
As you do your preliminary research, build a list or map of potential search words by paying attention to the language used to discuss the topic and to named people, events, places, court cases, treaties, legislation, etc. that arise in the conversation.
Note any subject headings/terms assigned to a source too.
Notice how language shifts when bias shifts. Changing your search words can help you locate sources from contrasting perspectives.
As you read, do so actively and with intention, striving to learn not only your topic’s history and key terms, but also aspects about your topic that will superpower your ability to find related resources and develop and refine a thesis, such as noticing…
- How information about the topic is organized
- Special vocabulary used by those who discuss the topic
- Differences of opinion, controversies, or unanswered questions related to the topic
- Individuals, groups, organizations, or agencies associated with the topic
Apply JSTOR features beyond basic search, such as the following:
- Narrowing search by discipline (e.g. African Studies, Middle East Studies, Feminist & Women’s Studies, Political Science, Architecure)
- Browsing for journals by subject
- Searching within a specific journal title
- Using the NEAR operator in your search