Research as Inquiry: Miss R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Research as Inquiry: Miss R-E-S-P-E-C-T

In June 1963, Mary Hamilton faced a judge in Alabama when she was 28 years old and demanded respect from the judge: Miss Hamilton. Her protest went all the way to the Supreme Court in a case about honorifics, requiring the courts to address Black women as Miss or Mrs. Have you ever heard something…

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“Post Truth” Vs. Documents and Scholarship

“Post Truth” Vs. Documents and Scholarship

Scholars and journalists may have to push, but our government agencies, through government documents, challenge the “post-truth” era by demonstrating that reliable information is available and that when we are wrong, we as a country do not let misdeeds and cover-ups rule our history. Governments can lie. Nixon did not seek the necessary approval from…

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Scholarly Conversations

Scholarly Conversations

  A classic research assignment is for students to find & read a peer-reviewed journal article. For example, if you’re taking a psychology class you’re asked to explore psychology journals, identify a journal of interest, then read an article and review its methods. Your professor is trying to get you to enter the conversations that…

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Primary Sources on Peonage

Primary Sources on Peonage

Researchers are told all the time how cool and important primary documents are to history research. But how do you get at them? This blog shamelessly promotes the Libraries online databases to find primary sources. Along the way there are some mentions of the information literacy principle related to how information is created and disseminated.…

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You know, that thing? Trying Again and Again to Find What You Want

You know, that thing? Trying Again and Again to Find What You Want

Research is Iterative because it depends on asking increasingly complex and/or new questions. This can lead you to thinking of additional questions. For example, I liked this song by the National and the chorus is great but I couldn’t figure out the lyrics, so I was singing along, “Something, cry baby cry” and felt like…

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Don’t Get Ripped Off

Don’t Get Ripped Off

If you are information literate, you can find, evaluate, interpret, manage and use information to answer all your questions. Some people think of being information literate as knowing how to find “good” information for academic papers and projects. Instead, this blog will be about every-day information literacy. My friend Debra points out that being information…

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