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FSAD 6640: Human Factors: Anthropometrics and Apparel (Spring 2014): Overview

Library guide for Susan Ashdown's FSAD 6640 class

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Research strategy


This guide is designed to help you get started on your research for your consulting project. Navigate this guide through the tabs at the top.

Some helpful hints...

  • If you have any questions about how to access material in the library, how to use the library, or anything else related to the research of your project, don't hesitate to email me. I am here as your research partner. I'm also available for in-office research consultations (just email me your availability and I'll set up a time to meet with you and/or your group).
  • Once you and your client have agreed on your research question(s), you should begin by familiarizing yourself with current and available information.
  • Begin by generating seven to ten keywords and phrases about your topic. Then, search for those keywords and phrases using:

    • The Library Catalog (for books and other general information resources)
    • Databases and other specialized resources recommended in this guide

    Research Strategy

    1. Set up your research strategy and information management

    • Specifying your research question(s), thinking of keywords and subject headings, brainstorming what kind of information you need (and who is interested in collecting it), and setting up a framework (research log, citation management software, etc) for collecting your information can save you a lot of time in the long run. It doesn't have to be perfect and it will probably change, but starting with something in place will save you time, lost citations, and difficulty when you're putting together your final literature review.
    • See the Managing Info and Keeping Up tab for more information

    2. Research background information about your topic

    • Use the Cornell Library Catalog to find books about your topic. Books are still the best, and fastest, way to devlelop a big-picture perspective. For background and other information also try the resources under Background Information.

    3. Do a preliminary literature search in major databases

    • The database will vary according to discipline. Try looking at the "Databases by Subject" from CUL.  Once you're in a database, use keywords and subject concepts that you've picked up from your background information search to devle a little deeper into the research. You'll likely need to conduct several literature reviews throughout your project as you learn more.
    • See the Scholarly Information and Popular Information tabs for more information

    4. Be sure to evaluate what you are finding!


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