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Arts 140: Kinds of Minds: Your library connection

A Library guide supporting students in Dr. Nicholas Ray's course, Arts 140: Kinds of Minds

Your library connection


This guide can help you with your Mind Blog and Term Project. The sections in this guide target ways to find relevant sources and texts:

  • Create your search term
  • Recommended databases to search for information
  • Writing and Citation help
  • Suggested stock photography resources
  • Get one-on-one research assistance

If you have a question, please reach out. I'm here to help. 

Creating your search term

The following are suggested steps to help you get started in your research.

  1. Pick a topic and explore it with a concept map. 
    • To get you started: Are there sub-concepts that are vital to how it works? 
    • Is there a specific group of people who are involved in this topic? 
    • What other topics are similar to this topic?
  2. List keywords that best describe your topic. These could be:
    • A single term or phrase 
    • A subject area
    • Think about the words you've learnt about in class and in your readings.
    • Are there synonyms to your keywords? For example, if you are researching "chimpanzee language abilities", what other words are there to describe a chimpanzee? What about "ape", "primate", "chimp"? Are there other words that can describe "language abilities"?
  3. Try your search words out! What do you see when you search these terms in a search engine? What about the Library's catalogue, a recommended database, or in a news site? Pay attention to the different types of results you receive when you search in these different locations.

Want a second opinion? Need help in your search? Email me to set up a meeting in Teams!

Chimpanzee on a tree

Koroma, S. (2020). Black Monkey on Brown Tree Branch. [Photograph]. Pexels.

Recommended databases

Now that you've thought of some search terms it's time to search! Below are a few suggestions of databases and resources where you can look for your topic. If you're looking for scholarly work, try visiting a databases. Databases hold the added benefit of offering filters for your search. Try applying filters like "peer-reviewed journals" and "articles" to your search.

Incorporating research into writing

The Writing and Communication Centre has a number of writing supports and services that will help you go from research to delivering your final project. 

As you move to writing your work, be sure that you are using the appropriate style.  Using the appropriate style your assignment correctly helps your audience understand your use of information and communicates professionalism and competence in your academic field. Recommend citation guides can be found on the right side of this page.

Cyborg hand and human hand almost touching

cottonbro. (2020). Person holding black and silver hand tool. [Photograph]. Pexels.


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How to tell if an article is peer-reviewed

Here are just a few tips to check if your article is peer-reviewed (scholarly). 

  1. Use a database filter to only show 'scholarly journals' and 'articles'
  2. Check the journal's webpage. There should be a statement indicating the journal publishes "peer reviewed" or "referred" articles.

Still not sure if the article is peer-reviewed? Send me an email and we can figure it out together!

Citation Guides

Looking for some additional resources? Try the following link to help you as you cite your sources for your final essay. 

Blog Pictures!

Here are some suggested locations where you can find free, public domain, stock images that can be used in your mind blog.

  • Pexels: These are public domain stock photos and videos shared by creators. Works can be modified but identifiable people can not appear in a bad light or in a way that is offensive. Attribution is not required, but always appreciated.
  • Flickr: Photograph collections shared by creators. Be sure to check the copyright restrictions if using images from this site.