Welcome to Death by PowerPoint Or how to find the research you need for your classes By Julie Poole
Answer your questions
Make sure you know how to get help
Select information resources
Construct your search
Retrieve the information you need
Cite the information you use
Scholarly sourcesin academic journals What makes them “scholarly”? Peer review process References to others’ previous research Often, professors are the writers Your information need usually determines which source of information you use. *Websites – often for “consumer” information *Mass media like newspapers, magazines, radio, TV *Books
Database: A collection of thousands of articles from hundreds of journals. GALILEO: A collection of 200+ databases, some multidisciplinary, some very specialized. Think of it as an information mall. Abstract: A summary of an article. Citation: Exact information about an article: author, year published, article title, journal name, specific journal issue, page numbers. Important Terms to Understand
No matter where you are, you can access the resources you’ll see today. GALILEO Password: It’s required for remote access to databases’ contents. It changes when a new academic term begins. To see the GALILEO password:
Searching for Articles The GALILEO home page is a good place to start most research. Library home page: tarver.mercer.edu/rac GALILEO home page: galileo.usg.edu
You might like to start by choosing a database… Here are some of the best!
You can also search by subject From there, you can choose one of the recommended databases
Ways to limit your search How to begin searching? Wilson Education Full Text Notice the quotation marks to keep a phrase together as a single concept.
-- assess -- assessment -- assessing Ways to limit your search -- read -- reads -- reading -- reader Professional Development Collection Use an asterisk as a truncation symbol and you’ll find all forms of the word.
If your results aren’t close enough to the exact topic you’re searching, try these areas for help. Each database offers a tool similar to a Thesaurus. You can enter a term and then see a list of terms that are close in meaning. Then create a new search with an alternative term you see in the Thesaurus.
Wilson results. To expand your search results you could . . . Look at the “Suggested Topics” shown with your Results list. Look for “subject terms” inside article views or on your results page! You can use these in a new search. Example: “phonic method” AND kindergarten
Another example of finding alternative search terms . . . A record for an article from the Wilson database . . .
A record from one of the EBSCO databases . . .
To limit your results to “Scholarly Journals”
Wilson EBSCO databases ProQuest Most of our databases offer some articles in full-text and others for which we just see the citation and abstract. So how can you get the full text of an article if the database you’re using doesn’t have it? Each database has its own little signal to connect you with the Mercer catalog of journals.
How do I find the full text? Still no luck??
Order through InterLibrary Loan! (ILL) When Mercer does not own an item, we borrow it from elsewhere – this process can take some time!! (Up to 3 weeks but usually shorter)
There are many other education databases in GALILEO – try the EBSCOhost databases!
After seeing some of Mercer’s scholarly resources, Let’s spend a minute learning about Google Scholar. You won’t find a lot of free full text in your search results, but you’ll become aware of scholarly articles you can track down.
Ways to limit your search so your results are more precise.
This is the journal we need. One item from a search of Google Scholar . . . If the title of the article looks promising, click on the title and you’ll see more information about the article.
Do we have access to the full-text of this article? Click on A to Z eJournals and search for the Journal Title
This is the article we want: Journal: Harvard Educational Review, v76 n4 p526-556 Win 2006 Author: Sunderman, Orfield Article Title: Domesticating a Revolution: Journal Title goes here
So we’ll go to the ProQuest database and search for this known item.
Books can be important sources of information. An efficient way to search for books is the library catalog . . .
In your results, you will see the Subject Terms, which are linked to all our books that are in the same category of information. Using the basic search, you can search by keyword, title, author, etc.
Managing your references and creating a References list . . . Access it from the Regional Academic Center databases list. Mercer University pays for your access to RefWorks, web-based software that allows you to save records, manage them in folders, and create References lists.
The RefWorks process involves marking the records you want to include, exporting them from the database into your RefWorks account, storing them for easy manageability, and formatting them as a References list in the citation style you choose.
Swilley Library Reference Desk: 678.547.6282 Tarver Library Reference Desk 478.301.2055 Julie Poole: 678.547.6379 email@example.com Finding relevant scholarly material isn’t always easy, but we are always ready to help! Visit, call, email or chat with us.