Find Research Resources with #UMDStudy

Did you know you could get great primary source research and study resources on Twitter? Search #UMDStudy for tailored tips, definitions, and tools for YOU. So far, we’ve focused on planning your assignment, learning how to identify primary and secondary sources, and where to find archives and special collections that hold primary sources. We’ve included some pretty great resources! Next week, how to conduct primary source research!

Here’s a list of previous UMDStudy tweets – just in case you missed one!

Dilbert, by Scott Adams

Planning your assignment

  • Sept 10 You have your syllabus and you read the project requirements. Write down the due date in a planner!
  • Sept 11 Do you understand the assignment? Can you name the deliverable (paper, oral presentation, interpretive dance, etc.)?
  • Sept 12 Use the assignment calculator to schedule personal deadlines and create a research strategy!
  • Sept 13 Do you know what style guide your professor requires (APA, Chicago, MLA)? Learn style guides at Purdue OWL
  • Sept 14 Do you have a topic and written thesis for your project?
  • Sept 17 Have a research strategy: know what kind of sources you need, when you need them by, and how you are going to find them.
University of Maryland Planner

University of Maryland Planner

Primary and Secondary Sources

  • Sept 18 Need a primary source: “firsthand information/data generated by witnesses or participants in past events”?
  • Sept 19 Need a secondary source: “an interpretation based on primary sources”?
  • Sept 20 Searching for books? Use WorldCatUMD at #UMDLibraries
  • Sept 20 Searching for journals and articles? Use #UMDLibraries Research Port databases
  • Sept 20 Searching for web resources? Often subject guides will have librarian-trusted links
  • Sept 21  Don’t reinvent the wheel, use bibliographies of secondary sources to find primary sources!
  • Sept 21 Search bibliographies using database Science Citation Index (Web of Science) through research port.

Testudo in University Archives at the University of Maryland, with the University Archivist

Special Collections and Archives

  • Sept 24  A special collection holds items that are rare/unique, require special handling, or relate to a specific subject.
  • Sept 25  A special collection has research as its primary mission, so you’ll find lots of primary sources!
  • Sept 26 #UMDLibraries FB group Humanities and Social Sciences Librarians share great resources like this one
  • Sept 27 Find local special collections here, featuring those @UMDLibraries!
  • Sept 28 Let Testudo show you how to use #UMD Special Collections at the Maryland Room in Hornbake Library!
  • Oct 1 #firstworldproblems Ever wish you didn’t have to use #UMDLibraries computers to print? Well, you don’t!
  • Oct 1 Archives preserve valuable primary source material that provides evidence of a person or group’s activity.
  • Oct 1 It’s banned books week! Which of the 2011 Most Challenged Titles is your favorite?
  • Oct 3 Archival materials that document the activities of an individual are often referred to as manuscripts.
  • Oct 3 A finding aid is a tool used to search archival holdings. Search #UMD archives with ArchivesUM
  • Oct 3 Quick-search finding aids by Subject & Collection Area. Practice search: Advertising, Mass Media and Culture
  • Oct 4 Archives at UMD hold many treasures. Follow our blog to learn about a few!
  • Oct 5 Have you ever found something in a #UMDarchive? Tell @SpecCollUMD or @UMDarchives with #foundArch!
  • Oct 5 #UMDStudy Among many archives, Special Collections is the home of University of Maryland history. Follow @UMDArchives [or read their blog] to learn more!

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