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BIO 113 Library Research Tutorial
This tutorial is going to help you build a research plan, and get you thinking about what types of information are available on your topic. It is okay if you have not finalized your topic, but use this tutorial to organize your thoughts and get yourself started. There is no absolute right or wrong answer here, and you will likely find you need to alter this as you go along. Just use what you learn in this tutorial to guide your work. Read this over thoroughly before launching into the questions. Everywhere you see yellow highlighting below, type in your responses.
Refer back to the Science Engagement Brainstorming Assignment for your possible topics and my feedback on your ideas. Remember, this is a community-based project, in which you choose a topic that matters to you and use scientific methodology to find out more about that topic.
TOPIC: Uber vs. Taxi. In this topic the main concern is if society is better off with either Uber or Taxis. Given that Uber apparently has a lower fare rate, but taxis have been part of the way of transportation of many years now. So which one makes society better off?
Term 2: Better off
Synonyms for Term 1: Country, humanity, community, neighbors
Synonyms for Term 2: Betterment, greater, improvement
Synonyms for Term 3: roads, moving. Point A to point B.
Go to the RU Home page www.roosevelt.edu and click on Library (top link next to Directory). Once you are there, please click on the link Databases and Resources, then find List of Databases (A-Z) and Please Select (dropdown box), Academic Search Complete and click on it. * To get access to Academic Search Complete or any other library database from anywhere off campus, you will be prompted to enter your barcode, which is 23311+your 9 digit ID number.
In Academic Search Complete, search some of the keywords/synonyms you came up with to start searching. Remember to put just one important concept in each box. Spend at least 5-10 minutes playing around. Even if your first search was very successful, try new words or play with the other settings on the search page. Take a look at your results. Pay attention to what searches worked and what did not work.
You may do a search in which you receive hundreds or thousands of results. Of course, this is too many! Here are some suggestions for narrowing your topic. All of these options can be found on the left side of the results screen.
Pick two of the articles you found doing these searches and read what you can about them. You do not have to read the whole articles right now, but you should at least look at the information you can get from the citation or abstract. A quick but strategic scan of the article’s key sections should also allow you to gauge its usefulness.
For these two articles list the article title and the source name (The source will be the journal or magazine the article came from, like the New York Times, Journal of Applied Economics, etc.). Explain why you think that article might or might not be useful for your topic.
Article Title: Hailing a Revolution
Source: Maclean's. 12/22/2014, Vol. 127 Issue 50, p26-27. 2p. 1 Color Photograph, 1 Graph.
Why do I think this article might or might not be useful?
Some things to think about: Is there a clue in the title? The source it came from? The abstract? The publication date?
I believe that this article will be a useful because it focuses on the consumer demand for the new sharing industries that have been emerging. It is also a recent article form 2014, therefore the information on it must be relevant for my research..
Article Title: How did Uber come to outnumber NYC's Yellow taxis?
Christian Science Monitor. 3/22/2015, pN.PAG. 0p.
Why do I think this article might or might not be useful?
Some things to think about: Is there a clue in the title? The source it came from? The abstract, (which is the summary of the article)? The publication date?
I think this article will be useful because, just as the title states, Uber has outnumbered taxis in NYC. How has a company that is a fledgling in the business of transportation has being able to overtake a symbol of New York City? That why this article is so interesting and will be of good use for my research.
Who/What/When/Why/How?! (Answering those questions – keep reading)
Now that you’ve found a couple of articles to get you started on your topic, it is important to look at them a little closer. This next section will get you thinking more critically about the articles, and how they can support your topic with reliable information. Hint: Opening the full text (usually a PDF if available) will help you answer these questions further.
Who wrote the article? What does the article tell about their background (where they work, where they went to school, what they study)? I don’t know much of the writers of the article published in Christian Science Monitor, and for Jonathon Gatehouse is a Canadian writer and editor. He has his own website, but there is much to inform.
What is the article about? What does the abstract and/or the article tell you about what the author(s) wanted to prove, or inform readers about? The articles about how Uber has become a powerful way of transportation. In the case of New York City it has outnumbered the taxis, and in other places is being banned because of their “ predatory” way of doing business. And I don’t believe that it’s predatory, the reality is that Uber has being able to use technology to their advantage.
When was this article written? Is the information recent, or dated? (Keep in mind that you want current research for your paper – try to obtain published in the last 5 years)
The information is recent, one article was written in 2015 and the other 2014. Thus the information on the articles is relevant for my research. The staff in the Christian Science Monitor wrote one of the articles, and Jonathon Gatehouse wrote the other article for a periodical magazine.
Searching is always a back-and-forth process of trying something, trying another thing, and eventually coming up with a series of strategies to obtain what you need. Part of effective research is the ability to look critically at your searching so you can adjust your tools and techniques.
Uber Vs Taxis
Length: 9 pages (2475 Words)
The taxi industry existed for a long period of time. It is a popular mode of transport for dignitaries in foreign countries and individuals who want to avoid traffic jam. The taxi industry has grown because the drivers do not require qualifications or a lot of capital. In the early time, it was operated by immigrants and other unemployed people. Currently the industry is facing stiff competition from Uber. Players in the industry must have really become in efficient and allowed Uber to snatch their market. Currently Uber has taken over from Taxi drivers and clients seem to prefer their services. Major streets in Europe have witnessed an increase in the number of Uber vehicles which are preferred because of their efficiency and convenience (Shontell, 1).