SMART Lab - Research Resources
To engage in research as a SMART Scholar, you'll need to gain, strenghthen, or refresh your library skills. Depending on where you are in the process, you can get the answers you need or the research assistance you need in a variety of places. Grand Valley librarians are liaisons to disciplines, so you can easily find the librarian you need and make an appointment to discuss how to find scholarly literature, how to take on different research projects, or how to use the many tools and resources available in the Libraries. You can talk to a Knowledge Market peer consultant, a trained student who can chat virtually and give you tips on a specific database, or help you find an article when your schedule allows.
The Fred Meijer Center for Writing & Michigan Authors well-trained peer consultants can help you with any writing project, at any stage of your writing process. You can meet online to brainstorm ideas, organize content, integrate research, polish a draft, and correctly document sources.
Below are a selection of videos and tutorials to refresh your research skills, inform you about research processes, and answer questions. There is also some great research advise from a LEADS grad and student scholar!
Advice from a former LEADS student scholar
Produced by Digital Studio with support from CUSE
Information Access as a Human Right *INT 100 CO-CURRICULAR 1/2
We think of information as something everyone can get, but there are lots of barriers to information and lots of ways that lack of information creates inequity. Learn more in this interactive module. * THIS IS 1/2 CO-CURRICULARS FOR INT 100.
Diversity in Publishing: Past, Present, & Future * INT 100 CO-CURRICULAR 2/2
This module explores the lack of diversity in publishing over time and what is being done to increase representation of voices not traditionally included in the literature. * THIS IS 2/2 CO-CURRICULARS FOR INT 100.
IRB Part 1: IRB and Responsible Research Practices
This interactive module, produced by librarians for CUSE and the SMART Lab, explains IRB: what it is and why it matters.
IRB Part 2: The Submission Process
This interactive module, produced by University Libraries and Research Compliance and Integrity takes you step-by-step through the IRB determination submission process..
Recognizing Empirical Literature
How do you find and recognize empirical research articles? Using IMRAD can help you recognize empirical studies and make them easier to find in the Libraries' search tools.
Information comes in many forms, and is found in many places. How do we know if the information we encounter is "good?" This video discusses the factors we need to consider in evaluating any source of information.
Compensation and Incentives at GVSU
The Office of Research Compliance and Integrity, in conjunction with the Promotions Office, developed a brief and entertaining video about compensation and incentives in human subjects research studies. This is a student-created video!
RESEARCH COMPLIANCE & INTEGRITY/PROMOTIONS
Keywords, Search Terms, and Subject Headings
Strategic searching requires knowledge of the tools and how to use them. Search language is one of your most valuable tools, and this video explains how to recognize and gather search terms to be successful in your research.
Researching for the Literature Review
Welcome to the GVSU Libraries' tutorial on researching for the literature review! This tutorial is comprised of six modules, including videos, text, interactive activities, and knowledge checks. It will take you about 45-60 minutes to complete.
Annotating an Article
Annotating an article is a kind of detailed note-taking. By following a simple process of annotating articles, you read more actively and keep track of what you read for discussing or for writing about later.
Bias in Information Sources
This video will discuss what bias is, how bias affects research, and some strategies to mitigate the effects of bias.
This interactive tutorial takes you through the purpose and process of citing information in APA format.
Focusing a Topic
This video shows you how to use the Libraries' search tools to identify and focus a topic for your research.
Scholarship as Conversation
Before undertaking a research project, it helps to see the big picture - how what you do fits into the larger scholarly context, the scholarly "conversation."