Locating Resources for Your Research

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Locating Resources for Your Research

  1. 1. Become a Fan of the Library on Facebook!
  2. 2. http://www.savannahtech.edu/cwo/Library
  3. 3. Where do you go for information? You are asked to write a paper on the topic of your choice and you need information for your topic. Where is the first place you look? Why?
  4. 4. Search engines access a relatively small part of the web, know as the “free web” A large portion of the web, inaccessible to the search engines, is known as the “invisible web”
  5. 5. What’s not on the free web? •Around 90% of the books on our library’s shelves, still under the protection of copyright •The full-text of many magazine and newspaper articles •Expensive reference books, like literary criticism, in-depth biographical and historical works
  6. 6. What’s the big deal?... Your teachers expect quality! •Material from the subscription services is likely to be viewed by your teachers as more authoritative •You may have to defend some of the sources you find on the free Web •You may want to dig deep on the free Web for some harder to find sources.
  7. 7. Prove it! For example: Say you are looking for photographs of the Battle of Gettysburg You may find some good ones through an image search on your favorite search engine BUT… did you know there is a database DEVOTED to Civil War photographs?
  8. 8. Why? Search engines cannot pick up those photos of Gettysburg in that rich database because the database content is not searchable until you are actually in the database. Selected Civil War Photographs http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/cwphtml/cw phome.html
  9. 9. Included in the Invisible Web It includes subscription, or proprietary databases too! http://www.savannahtech.edu/cwo/Library GALILEO-magazines, newspapers, journals NetLibrary-electronic books Library Catalog-books on the shelves
  10. 10. A brief look at the visible web… http://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/re search/webcrit.html Five Criteria for Evaluating Web Pages
  11. 11. A question is not a query Topic: Ayurveda-The Science of Healthy Living Can you create an effective “one-two word” search?
  12. 12. Sample List •Alternative health •Ayurveda •Alternative medicine •Complementary therapies •Natural medicine •Medicinal plants •Herbs, therapeutic use •Traditional medicine
  13. 13. How to structure a good query 1. Brainstorm several key words and phrases 2. Consider alternate forms of words: adolescent, adolescents, adolescence 3. Be on the look out for better words and phrases as you search 4. Check your spelling. Bad spelling usually turns up bad hits 5. Use lowercase letter unless you are searching for proper names. Turn off the CAPS LOCK!
  14. 14. Select “Library” under Quick Links www.savannahtech.edu
  15. 15. Select Library Catalog
  16. 16. Type your search in the box and select “GO”
  17. 17. Notice that the catalog tells you how many titles there are for your search
  18. 18. Electronic Resource
  19. 19. What is Net Library? Books you read on the computer
  20. 20. Select the hyperlink
  21. 21. Select View this eBook
  22. 22. Table of Contents
  23. 23. When Using Net Library Remember….. You can only print a select number of pages If you are at home you need the school password
  24. 24. What is Galileo?
  25. 25. G.A.L.I.L.E.O GALILEO stands for GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online. A World Wide Web-based virtual library, GALILEO provides access to multiple information resources. Participating institutions may access over 100 databases thousands of periodicals and scholarly journals. Over 2000 journal titles are provided in full-text. Other resources include encyclopedias, business directories, and government publications.
  26. 26. And…. Galileo gives you access to information that you would have to pay for otherwise!
  27. 27. Select Galileo from Library Homepage
  28. 28. Select Databases A-Z
  29. 29. Select “A”
  30. 30. Select Academic Search Complete
  31. 31. Print and Save Citation E-mail
  32. 32. Connect to Online Resources
  33. 33. Other databases
  34. 34. www.ipl.org
  35. 35. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
  36. 36. http://citationmachine.net/
  37. 37. Copy and Paste into Word
  38. 38. Questions 1. Name the “virtual library” that Savannah Tech uses that allows students to access journal articles they would otherwise have to pay for. 2. What are the benefits of using library resources over web resources? 3. What source can I use to read books electronically when they are not available inside the library? 4. Identify three online resources where you can find information.
  39. 39. Need More Assistance? Visit the library during operating hours and we will be happy to help you!

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