Jacket Search is a powerful tool that lets you search the Defiance College Library catalog and many research databases with a single search box. It's built on the same platform as several of our databases, so it will look familiar to users of Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete, and other EBSCO databases.
When should I use Jacket Search?
Jacket Search is the best place to start for identifying information for a general topic, for doing interdisciplinary research, and when looking for a variety of source types. It will help you quickly find relevant resources on a research topic without having to decide which database(s) to search.
You can limit your search results in a variety of ways, including publication date, scholarly designation. The Defiance College Library Catalog is integrated into the search results.
When should I NOT use Jacket Search?
When you are doing research that requires an article from a specific discipline/field of study or a specified academic journal, it is best to go straight to the Journal Finder tab or the Databases A-Z tab located in our homepage' s "Discover Sources" box. Then you can search those resources directly. In addition, some of our research databases have powerful search features which are only available in their unique interfaces. To take advantage of those richer features, you may choose to search that particular database individually.
This Research Guide covers why information literacy skills matter and how to get started with a research project, including understanding the process, choosing a topic, beginning research, and drafting a thesis statement. Use the purple tabs to the left to navigate to these topics.
Use the helpful tips and strategies in this Research Guide to learn how to select keywords and databases, what techniques can help improve your search, and how to refine your process by broadening or narrowing your search.
This guide explains tips for evaluating your sources, the difference between scholarly and non-scholarly works, and the process for doing a critical evaluation of a source for an annotated bibliography.
You've found a bunch of great sources for your research project. Now what?
An important step between researching and writing (or creating) is organizing your notes so that you form connections between your sources and your own thoughts and ideas. This guides provides some strategies for this connection making process called synthesis.
These video tutorials are all specific to the Defiance College Pilgrim Library's tools available to all students.
The Craft of Research
by Wayne C. Booth; Gregory G. Colomb; Joseph M. Williams
Call Number: Q 180.55.M4 B66
Publication Date: 2008-04-15
This practical guide to research covers: becoming a researcher, planning your research project, making a claim and supporting it, and drafting and revising a research paper. This text is on permanent reserve; ask for it at the iNFORMATION desk in the library.