Buley library research basics

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Buley library research basics

  1. 1. Buley Library Research Basics Winnie Shyam Shyamw1@southernct.edu (203) 392-5762 BU 122G Fall 2013
  2. 2. What’s Where • Ground Floor Periodicals (Magazines, Journals, Newspapers), Theses, Microfilm, Microfiche • First Floor Reference Books, Maps, Videos, DVDs, Music CDs, Leisure Reading • Second Floor Circulating Books A-PN • Third Floor Circulating Books PN-Z, Juvenile Collection, Oversize Collection, Curriculum Lab Collection, Special Collections and Archives
  3. 3. Finding Books, DVDs, eBooks, etc. • On the library home page (http://library.southernct.edu/) enter your search in the CONSULS quick search box • CONSULS displays the holding of all four state universities – Central (CCSU), Eastern (ECSU), Southern (SCSU), and Western (WCSU), and the State Library (StLib). Click here for Advanced Use pull-down menu to search by author, title, subject, etc. Enter search terms in the quick search box
  4. 4. How Books Are Arranged • Books are arranged by the Library of Congress Call Number System. • Each book has a call number which consists of letters and numbers. Example: Z733.U6G86 1981 • The letter in a call number represents a major subject area. Books on a subject are grouped together.
  5. 5. Subject Search • Use SUBJECT search to find information on a broad topic. • In a SUBJECT search, only the subject/descriptor field of a record is searched.
  6. 6. Keyword Search • Keyword search uses natural language search terms. • Keyword searches retrieve many records, some of which may be irrelevant • In a keyword search the search term you enter may appear anywhere in the record (title, subject, notes, table of contents, etc.).
  7. 7. Requesting items from another CSU Library You can request items that are available at the other three state universities, online. Click on “Request” and follow the directions
  8. 8. Advanced Search
  9. 9. Search Strategies • Combine your main search concepts with operators such as “and”, “or” or “not” to give your search focus • Do not use phrase words in a search • To search an exact phrase type the phrase in quotations Example: “Stand your ground” • Look at the subject headings or descriptors in the records in your results list to see what search terms are being used in the database for your topic
  10. 10. Illustrating AND operator Liberal education and success The shaded overlapping area represents the number of records that contain the terms, liberal education and success.
  11. 11. Illustrating OR operator liberal education OR higher education The shaded area represents the number of records that contain either liberal education or higher education
  12. 12. Illustrating NOT operator college not school The yellow circle represents records that contain the word college. The pink circle represents the records that contain school.
  13. 13. Using Parentheses Parentheses are used to group search words for more complex or focused searches. Example: higher education and (success or failure) In this search, documents that contain the word higher education and either the word success or the word failure ,or both, are retrieved.
  14. 14. Finding Periodicals in the Library Click on “Journals by Title” to see if the library has the periodical you need
  15. 15. Interlibrary Loan (ILL) If the library does not have the periodical you need we can get the article for you through interlibrary loan. Click on Library Services to get to ILL. Then click on ILL to access the loan forms
  16. 16. Finding Journal, Magazine, and Newspaper Articles • Search Databases to find periodical articles. • Databases can be accessed from the “Articles” tab on the library home page. • From the “Articles” page select “All Databases” Click on “Articles” To access databases On the Articles page , select “All Databases”
  17. 17. Choosing the right databases Click on “By Subject” to access databases by discipline
  18. 18. Databases vs. Internet Why use Databases? • Databases, not internet search engines, should be the first stop for any academic research assignment. • Information in databases goes through a peer-review process and is therefore more reliable Why not the Internet? • You may use the internet for browsing or getting acquainted with your topic but use library databases to find quality information for your papers. • Information on the web needs to be evaluated
  19. 19. Scholarly or Peer-reviewed Journals • Articles are written by a scholar or researcher in the field and are most often published by a specific organization • The language is that of the discipline covered and usually requires the reader to have some knowledge of the subject. • May often contain graphs and charts. • Cite sources in the form of bibliographies Some Scholarly Journal Titles Energy and Environment Journal of Social Issues Nineteenth Century Literature Social Justice Research Workforce Management
  20. 20. Popular and Other Periodicals • Usually written by a member of the editorial staff, a scholar, or a free-lance writer and generally published by commercial enterprises or an individual though some may be published by a professional organization. • Contain general interest articles aimed at a broad audience. • Articles have illustrations or photographs. • Articles usually do not cite sources. Some Popular Periodical Titles Ebony Newsweek Rolling Stone Sports Illustrated Time
  21. 21. Evaluating Information in Print and on the Web with the CRAP Test • Currency When was the information published? When was it last updated? Is the source current or out of date for your topic? • Reliability Is the information well researched? Is there supporting evidence? Is the information too elementary, technical or advanced? Who is the audience? • Authority What are the author’s credentials? Is the author well known in her/his field? Is there contact information? What are the publisher’s credentials? • Purpose or Point of View Is the information fact, opinion or propaganda? Is it free from bias? Is the author objective and impartial?
  22. 22. CRAP Video Dr. Chad Bauman has created an excellent music video which explains CRAP. The video is available at http://youtu.be/R5NbTBXddrwPro
  23. 23. Research Guides • Guides on various topics such as research skills, course specific guides, citation styles, plagiarism, Google Scholar, etc., are available to help students with their research. • Click on “Research at Buley” on the library home page and select “Research Guides” to access these guides. Access database tutorials and help guides on Google Scholar, citation styles, and much more Learn how to borrow and renew books, access course reserves, etc.
  24. 24. Need help? • Go to the Reference Desk on the main floor of the library for help during normal reference hours. • Schedule an individual appointment with your subject librarian. • You can “Ask Us” a question, “like” us on Facebook, or “follow” us on Twitter by using the relevant icons at the bottom of the library home page. Schedule an appointment with a librarian More ways to get help

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