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Activity #1: Identifying Secondary Academic Sources

Lady Gaga: American Horror Story, Fashion, Monstrosity, and the Grotesque

  1. What features or aspects of the article indicate that it is a secondary source and an academic source? List as many features as you can.

  2. Go to the website for the journal Fashion Theory. Take a look at the information under Aims and Scope and Information for Authors. What is the purpose of the journal? Who is the audience for this journal? If you want to write for the journal, what are the requirements? What sort of process do you have to go through? Why might this process be important? 

  3. Search Google for Lady Gaga and fashion and browse/skim some of the articles you find. How do the articles in a typical Google search differ from the Geczy and Karaminas academic article in regard to both audience and purpose?


Activity #2: Searching Library Databases

  1. Use EBSCO Academic to find at least one academic/scholarly/peer-reviewed article related to your research interests. Based on the title and abstract, how does the article speak to your research topic or question?

  2. How do you obtain the full text of the article? What do you do if there is no pdf immediately available in EBSCO?

  3. What keywords did you use to find the article? Do you find that some words worked better than others? What are some of the main subjects (look at the left side of the page or below individual article titles) that show up in your search results?

  4. How do you keep track of relevant articles? For example, how do you save, e-mail, etc.?

  5. What other kinds of articles appear in EBSCO Academic besides academic articles? 


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