Today we will be working on exploratory research for your historical investigation on the Edo period of Japan. Effective researchers use a variety of academic sources in their research. To start, you can use Wikipedia for academic research, but maybe not in the way that you think. Watch this video to see how Wikipedia can be your trampoline into databases and digital libraries.
Now that you’ve developed a list of search terms, keywords, people and dates, it’s time to dive into the real academic resources. Do you know NOTHING about your topic beyond the quickie Wiki overview? Get background information on your topic by searching Encyclopaedia Britannica. (The first two minutes are most relevant to you. After that it gets kind of promotion-y.) You can access Encyclopaedia Britannica by going to our new YIS Library Research Portal. Get the password from your librarian.
Once you’ve got a basic understanding of your topic, it’s time to research using more sophisticated academic tools. Watch the tutorials and complete the “scavenger hunt” for these resources.
- Ebscohost databases: after watching the basic tutorial, you may want to limit your searching to the History Reference Center database. Use this scavenger hunt to guide tour exploration.
- JSTOR database: Check out the JSTOR in a minute video in this post. Use this scavenger hunt to guide your exploration.
- History Sourcebook: Complete this scavenger hunt to guide your exploration.
After this session, your class is going to be well prepared for next weeks’ field trip. Share something you learned today on our Padlets:
Interesting Edo Research padlet – Group 1
Interesting Edo research padlet – Group 2
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