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    1. 1. The Learning Centre Ground Floor F Block [email_address] Finding Information
    2. 2. Using An Academic Library and making the best use of it <ul><li>Take a library tour and go to a workshop </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for help from a librarian often </li></ul><ul><li>Get in early – use the library from day one of your course </li></ul><ul><li>Get to know the library’s classification system </li></ul><ul><li>Get to know how important keywords are </li></ul><ul><li>Know what you want to look for and how long you have – analyse your assignment question well </li></ul>
    3. 3. How to find the right books <ul><li>Start by reading your text books or recommended readings and scan the reference lists of these. </li></ul><ul><li>Search the library catalogue by author, title or keywords. You can limit your search by date of publication. </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the item to find its call number and availability. </li></ul><ul><li>Go to the shelf and find the book. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Basic Search in the Online Catalogue <ul><li>From the library catalogue you can locate material held in the library and at other campuses. You can place a hold, tell if an item is in or out, renew items, find items on reserve, and check your personal account details. </li></ul><ul><li>The catalogue lists books, periodicals, videos, DVD’s </li></ul>
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    6. 6. Basic Search in the Online Catalogue
    7. 7. Selecting the Type of Search <ul><li>If you know the author’s name, the exact title or the exact subject heading select: </li></ul><ul><li>AUTHOR or </li></ul><ul><li>TITLE or </li></ul><ul><li>SUBJECT. </li></ul><ul><li>In exact searches you must type the first word and any other words in the correct order </li></ul>
    8. 8. Selecting the Type of Search <ul><li>If you know some words from a title or you want items on a subject or topic select: </li></ul><ul><li>TITLE Keyword or </li></ul><ul><li>SUBJECT Keyword </li></ul><ul><li>In Keyword Searches you locate words regardless of their order. Use Keyword searches for broader, non-specific searches </li></ul>
    9. 9. One type of search result :
    10. 10. Using Library Databases <ul><li>If you discover that all the good books are out of the library already or the books available are old and dated – do not dispair, more current information is available at your fingertips and you don’t even need to leave home. Electronic journal databases are a large collection of journal titles in specific subject areas which can be searched from your computer. </li></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>“ You can use a database when : </li></ul><ul><li>You need more information than your course texts or readings can provide </li></ul><ul><li>There are few relevant books available on your topic </li></ul><ul><li>You need specific detailed information or statistics </li></ul><ul><li>You want to include the latest research findings to support the statements you are making in your assignment </li></ul><ul><li>You see yourself as a scholar who really wants to engage with the ideas and concepts presented within your course paper” </li></ul>
    12. 12. Electronic Journal Databases and Article searching
    13. 13. Which database should I Use? Select a Database from the list
    14. 15. Selecting Proquest Medical Library:
    15. 16. How to find the Right Journal Articles in Databases. <ul><li>Limit your results – e.g. Full text, Publication Date or by Publication Type (All, Periodical Newspaper, Book) </li></ul><ul><li>Set up your Keyword search. Use ‘and’, ‘or’, and ‘not’. </li></ul><ul><li>Manage your search results </li></ul><ul><li>Get the full text – from library, or HTML, or PDF or emailed copy </li></ul>
    16. 17. How to find Newspaper Articles <ul><li>At the Bill Robertson Library you can access newspapers through the Electronic Database under Databases and Article Searching . </li></ul><ul><li>Scroll down to New Zealand then select ANZ Newsstand </li></ul>
    17. 18. Choose: Basic, then limit your search by date. Type in your topic.
    18. 20. Where to Get More Information <ul><li>The Bill Robertson Library </li></ul><ul><li>The Learning Centre </li></ul>