Modeling and Simulation Technology SYSC

This guide is meant for self service. If at any time during the research process, should you feel the need for research support, then email me. We will arrange a convenient time to get together on Zoom, and other platforms.

The research process

  1. Get background information from handbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries
  1. Once your topic is narrowly defined, select databases to find specific articles that have been published in journals
  1. Look for films and images as non-literary forms of representation 
  2. Find books on your topic to gain greater depth and understanding
  1. Write down or store all the references you have consulted to include them in the bibliography of your research paper

Search tips

  1. Begin by defining exactly what you are searching for
  • Select the keywords/synonyms/antonyms in your topic
  • Be specific when determining keywords/synonyms/antonyms and terms to search
  1. Use the advanced interface of electronic databases and Internet search engines to help narrow your search
  • Limit results in electronic databases to full-text or peer reviewed journals only
  1. Use Boolean Operators to connect search terms by understanding how search engines operate
  1. Take notes during your research to keep track of where you have been, keywords searched, what worked and what didn't, etc.

Sources​ of information

Publication Cycle: to find primary and secondary sources of information, use tertiary sources of information: dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks. When a researcher publishes material, they follow the cycle clockwise. To find primary and secondary sources, follow the cycle anti clockwise.

Library search

OMNI: the Carleton University Library search portal. Please see Help With Using Omni

Subject headings

Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) use controlled vocabulary to access and express the subject content of documents. Computer simulation and modeling has largely been divided into the following subjects or research areas. This is a searchable index. Click on a link below to discover the Library's holdings in this area:

  • Add keywords
  • Use the filters on the left of the resulting screen
  • Typical filters are Available Online and Peer Reviewed Journals
  1. Algorithm analysis and problem complexity
  2. Algorithms
  3. Analysis
  4. Animals
  5. Artificial intelligence
  6. Chemistry
  7. Computer communication networks
  8. Computer science
  9. Computer simulation
  10. Computer software
  11. Computer vision
  12. Data mining
  13. Data mining and knowledge discovery
  14. Database management
  15. Engineering
  16. Engineering--Electrical and electronic
  17. Humans
  18. Image processing and computer vision
  19. Information storage and retrieval
  20. Information storage and retrieval systems
  21. Information systems--Applications incl internet
  22. Life sciences and biomedicine
  23. Mathematical analysis
  24. Mathematical models
  25. Mathematics
  26. Mechanics
  27. Pattern recognition
  28. Physical sciences
  29. Physics
  30. Research
  31. Science and technology
  32. Simulation
  33. Simulation and modeling
  34. Software engineering
  35. Technology
  36. User interfaces and human computer interaction
  37. Video/film

Other suggested databases

  1. Academic OneFile: A multidisciplinary database providing access to journals on a wide range of topics.
  2. Dissertations and Theses Global: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global is a comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present. PQDT Global includes theses from Great Britain and Ireland.
  3. Oxford Reference (Online): Contains reference materials publshed by Oxford University Press.
  4. SAGE Research Methods: With information on the full range of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods for the social and behavioral sciences, as well as methods commonly used in the hard sciences, the book, reference, and journal content in SAGE Research Methods helps researchers of all levels conduct their research.
    1. Cases: Cases are peer-reviewed and come with pedagogical tools including learning objectives and discussions questions
    2. Datasets: Datasets is a collection of teaching datasets and instructional guides that give students a chance to learn data analysis by practicing themselves
    3. Video: Video contains more than 125 hours of video, including tutorials, case study videos, expert interviews, and more, covering the entire research methods and statistics curriculum
  5. Science.gov: Science.gov is a gateway to government science information and research results.

PrePrints

  1. arXiv: arXiv is a free distribution service and an open-access archive for 1,769,134 scholarly articles in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics. Materials on this site are not peer-reviewed by arXiv.
  2. Earth ArXiv: EarthArXiv.org is moving from the OSF Preprints platform to the Janeway preprint platform at the California Digital Library (CDL). In preparation for this move, EarthArXiv will stop accepting submissions on Friday August 21, 2020. EarthArXiv.org will redirect to the new service when it becomes public on October 1, 2020.
  3. TechRxiv: TechRxiv (pronounced "tech archive") is an open, moderated preprint server for unpublished research in electrical engineering, computer science, and related technology. By using TechRxiv, authors can quickly disseminate their work to a wide audience and gain community feedback on a draft version of their research. A preprint is a draft version of an article; final versions of published articles should not be submitted to TechRxiv.

Supplementary

  1. How to Read a Book, v5.0 School of Information University of Michigan
  2. How to Read a Paragraph: The Art of Close Reading
  3. How to Read (and Understand) a Social Science Journal Article: Tips and tricks to make reading and understanding social science journal articles easier
  4. How to Read for Grad School Miriam E. Sweeney
  5. Read Like A Graduate Student, Not A Mystery Fan William Doane

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Content last reviewed: July 20, 2020