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  • 1. Accessing the CCNY Electronic Library Professor Rob Laurich Chief of User Services and Collection Development CCNY Libraries 212 650-7153 [email_address]
  • 2. The Beginning Stage— What am I trying to say in my research? What is my main idea?
    • First create a run-on sentence trying to describe your research idea;
    • Look for alternative words and phrases to the words you have chosen;
    • Once you have your statement, circle the keywords and rank their importance.
  • 3. The Terms of Searching
    • AND
    • OR
    • NOT
  • 4. Using parentheses in Searching
    • Genocide and Bosnia
    • Genocide and (Bosnia or Yugoslavia or Croatia or Serbia)
    • (Genocide and (Bosnia or Yugoslavia or Serbia)) not Kosovo
  • 5. What is a Literature Review?
    • Books
    • Periodical and Newspaper Articles
    • Statistical Information
    • Websites
    • Multimedia Materials
    • Interviews
  • 6. http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/library
  • 7. Database page
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  • 10. Databases for you to focus on--
    • CUNY+
    • Ebscohost :
    • Academic Premier
    • Business Source Premier
    • America: History & Life/ Historical Abstracts
    • Lexis-Nexis
    • Ethnic Newswatch
    • Gale Virtual Reference
    • Electronic Reserves (ERES)
  • 11. CUNY +
    • Paper Journals owned by CUNY
    • Books and Government Documents
    • Audio Visual Materials
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  • 18. The Ebscohost Databases
    • Select your Database(s) :
    • 34 Databases to choose from---
    • Academic Premier is the largest Academic Database in the world. 4,700 full text journals, 3,600 are peer reviewed.
    • Business Source Premier is the most used business database with 2,300 journals, 1,100 full text.
  • 19. Once the Databases are selected:
    • Choose your keywords
    • Decide if you want peer reviewed
    • Select full text
    • Decide if you need to search by a specific date
  • 20. Magazine/Newspaper articles vs. Peer Reviewed
    • Magazine and newspaper articles are written by journalists whom are not necessarily an expert on the topic.
    • Articles are selected by an editor for publication
    • Revenue is mainly from advertisement.
    • Articles may be published within a day
    • Peer reviewed are written by experts--Researchers, College Professors and Graduate Students.
    • Articles are sent out for review to a panel of experts.
    • Revenue is mainly from subscriptions.
    • Articles take 2 months to two years to be published
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  • 25. HTML vs. PDF
  • 26. America: History & Life/ Historical Abstracts
    • Different from the other databases in that it is an Index Only—no Full Text.
    • You can search by World History or U.S./Canadian History
    • You will need to check CUNY+ AND the Alphabetical List of Journal Titles Online
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  • 29. LEXIS/NEXIS
    • Lexis is the legal materials side of the database, Nexis is the full text newspaper side.
    • Nexis has a ‘Quick News Search’ that is searched by keyword and will give 125 articles from the last 2 years.
    • The ‘Guided News Search’ is a 5 step search that cover at least 20 years of materials.
    • Searches in Business, Legal Research, Medical News and General Reference.
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  • 33. Ethnic Newswatch
    • 1.1 Million full text articles from 264 publications from ethnic communities throughout the US.
    • Bilingual: Spanish & English.
    • You may search by Ethnic Group:
    • African American/African/Caribbean, Arab/Middle Eastern, Asian/Pacific Islander, European/Eastern European, Hispanic, Jewish, Multi Ethnic & Native People.
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  • 35. Gale Virtual Reference
    • Hundreds of Full Text Reference books;
    • Can search individual title or all;
    • Lets you know the percentage of relevancy the search has to the article.
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  • 38. Electronic Reserves
    • Electronic Reserves are digital materials your professor put on ‘reserve’ for you.
    • These materials range from full text chapters in books to articles and citations for materials available in Cohen Library.
  • 39. Electronic Reserves
    • After selecting Electronic Reserves, Click the “Current Semester Reserve Items”
    • Then Search By your Professor’s name
    • You will see a listing of the courses your Professor is teaching, select your class
    • The rules of copyright appear, read it and then click ‘accept’
  • 40. Electronic Reserves
    • Once your reach this point, you MUST have the password that was supplied by your professor.
  • 41. The Internet-- How to surf for Websites
    • Authority-- Who put this page together?
    • Accuracy--Is there a way to check their facts?
    • Objectivity--What is their bias?
    • Currency--When was it last updated?
    • Coverage--What timeframe and range of information are covered?
    Five Criteria for evaluating Web sites:
  • 42. Websites that may be useful:
    • The Googles www.google.com
    • The Stanford University Libraries Slavery webpage http://www-sul.stanford.edu/africa/history/hislavery.html
    • Human Rights Watch www.hrw.org
    • CIA: The World Factbook https://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html
    • USA.gov www.usa.gov
    • Globalization101 www.globalization101.org
  • 43. !!!WARNING!!!
    • Do not rely on one source, be it a database, website or book. A combination of the various tools must be searched to exhaust the most possibilities.
  • 44. Beware temptation!
    • Don’t even think of using Wikipedia for your Research!!!
  • 45. Finally! Time to Write your Paper!
    • Refdesk http:// www.refdesk.com
    • Merriam-Webster Online
    • http://www.m-w.com/netdict.htm
    • Thesaurus.com http://thesaurus.reference.com
    • Media Research Center http://www.bartleby.com/100/
    • The Writing Center of the University of Wisconsin--Madison http:// www.wisc.edu/writing/Handbook/index.html
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