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2021 SUMMER BRIDGE RESEARCH GUIDE

You are about to undertake a great new adventure as a UM student and as a Summer Bridge scholar. And we, at the UM Library, are excited to share the library's many resources with you. Though you cannot enter our physical libraries now, you can access a

WELCOME

Introduction and Welcome

 Welcome Bridge Scholars to the UM Library (Links to an external site.)

You are about to undertake a great new adventure as a UM student and as a Summer Bridge scholar (SBS). 
And we, at the UM Library, are excited to share the library's many resources with you. Though you cannot enter our physical libraries now, you can access a vast array of our resources from your home or anywhere you can get an internet connection. 
At your leisure, please explore the UM Library's website to learn more:  www.lib.umich.edu

Let's Get Started!

Becoming familiar with library research will help you write high quality papers, receive better grades, and become a more informed citizen. And, as a Bridge Scholar, it will help you to be a better student, writer and researcher.  Most students are adept at using Google or Wikipedia for their everyday lives but conducting academic research is different. It is a skill you will hone throughout your academic career.

This course will help you explore the library’s online environment and will help you find, evaluate, and use the best information for your academic work. 

You’ll be given a scenario and asked to go through specific steps to locate the most informative literature and find resources to address a specific topic. 

As you move through this online workshop, please take notes. It will help you to more easily complete the assigned task. Also, it will get you in the practice of taking notes for all your coursework. In fact, taking notes is a requirement for your CSP 100 course.  

There is a long history of student and youth activism from around the world. The ultimate goal of this research challenge is to explore social activism and the role of college students or youth. The activism could be based on some social identity whether it be socioeconomic status, gender identity, race, sexual identity or another.

To do this you will complete the following steps in the research process:

  • Exploring a Topic
  • Finding Databases
  • Searching for Articles

Scholarly Sources

What is scholarly research?

Everyone has the ability to contribute to scholarly (also known as academic) research, including you. However, typically academic researchers (like scientists and university professors) are at on the front lines of scholarly research. While college professors lead students in courses and help them progress along an academic path, they are also on their own academic path. They are researching within their chosen fields, innovating, and sharing their work.

What does scholarly research look like?

Scholarly research and writing is considered a secondary source. Scholars and researchers work together to share ideas and critique each other. They collect data, perform research, write about their findings, and present and share their reports with each other. Through this process, innovative and groundbreaking research becomes available to the public and changes the way our societies work. This process is called the peer-review process