The first task for this assignment is to identify and focus on the issue or event about which you will inform the Minister by writing a briefing note. You will choose one area from the three topic areas given: Ballistic Missile Defense (with the U.S.), status of NAFTA negotiations, or Canada's Women, Peace and Security agenda. (From Prof. Charron's assignment.)
The best database to browse potential issues/events on a given topic is Canadian Business & Current Affairs Database (CBCA). You can also search the Hills Times below separately to find what are the issues addressed and covered on your topic.
1) Type in your search strategy: [ keyword 1] and [keyword 2] (You can replace key phrase with keyword by placing it in quotation marks, e.g., "Ballistic Missile Defense" and debate. In this instance, "Ballistic Missile Defense" is [keyword 1] and "debate" is [keyword 2]. When you are ready with your search strategy, Enter. The below shows search results displayed, as an example.
2) Scroll down the page. You will see, on the left-hand side, "Publication date" covering your search results.
3) Look up "Source type" on the left side. (Refer to the first graphic in this section.) Here your search results are organized by “Source type."
NOW YOU CAN START USING YOUR OWN SEARCHING STRATEGY AND FIND THE FOCUS FOR THE BRIEFING NOTE.
While you are using Canadian Business & Current Affairs (CBCA), the database (ProQuest platform) helps you to create a citation for each source.
When you open up each source, you will find "Cite" link on the right-hand side of the page. See below.
Click "Cite." In a new window, you can choose which citation style you want to display. The example below is in APA:
Make sure that you know how to create a bibliography in your chosen style as well as how to use in-text citations to complete your assignment. For more information, refer to the Writing & Citing tab of the Subject Guide. It's also important to take notes as you gather information. You can refer to some tips for taking notes under the Writing & Citing tab.
For the following journals, search by typing your keyword (or phrase, usually use quotation marks (e.g., "ballistic missile defense") or a combination of keywords in searching box on their respective web site:
For the following journals listed, search ProQuest platform. You can search each journal title by typing in the search box as listed below. Once you located the journal page, search your keyword(s) or key phrase or the combination :
Below is the Canadian Foreign Policy page on ProQuest platform. As you can see, you can search within the journal's issues by typing in your keyword(s), etc, at the bottom of the page.
Canada Among Nations is a book series published by the Centre for International Governance Innovation. The best way to search this publication series is Google Books. You can add appropriate keyword(s)/key phrase(s) to browse and skim through the contents of a selected book. It also helps to review the Table of Contents to understand the overall coverage of the book. By searching keywords, you will be able to identify useful section(s) or pages for your research.