Search terms: the key to success in research

Search terms can make or break your research. Thinking differently about the terms you are using to search on a topic can sometimes create different search results. Pulling out main idea words from your topic and identifying synonyms can open up a world of relevant sources on your topic. To learn more about how to think differently about the search terms you are using watch this quick tutorial on Main Idea Words.

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Communication professor shares research about dreams and communication; and strategies for overcoming public speaking anxiety this week on KRUA’s Informania.

The week of June 9, Informania host Deb the Librarian interviews Michelle Scaman, a professor of Communication at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA).  Informania airs on Monday at 9am and is replayed on Thursday at 5pm on www.kruaradio.org / 88.1FM in Anchorage, Alaska.

Professor Scaman currently teaches the UAA courses, Fundamentals of Oral Communication (COMM A111), and Public Speaking (COMM A241).  Her expertise in communication stems from years of research experience both in her undergraduate and graduate studies.  As an undergraduate  at Seattle University, she assisted a professor conducting research on the topic of online dating and communication.  As a graduate student at UAF, she conducted her research on dreams and the social constructivism of reality, in other words she researched the sharing of dreams as the starting point for discussing topics of importance between partners.  She discusses her research processes and findings during this week’s Informania interview.

As a Public Speaking professor, Professor Scaman also shares strategies she uses in class to help students overcome the anxiety of public speaking.  Professor Scaman acknowledges during this program that each individual has their own reason for anxiety, and it is helpful to reflect on the cause of that anxiety in order to overcome it.

Listen, and learn!

Song played:  Information, by Dredg.

On this day in London, 1785 …

Did you know that the Consortium Library has access to the historical archive of The Times, London’s major newspaper, from 1785 to 2004?

Do some primary source research on the French Revolution or the War of 1812 (from the English perspective), Jack the Ripper or Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, Lord Horatio Nelson or Charles Darwin, or any one of a number of topics. It even includes Letters to the Editor and Classified and Display Advertising.

Or find out what was happening on your birthday in London 100 or 200+ years ago!

You’ll find it under Times Digital Archive, 1785-2004 on the Databases page.

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