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Buley Library Research Basics
Winnie Shyam
Shyamw1@southernct.edu
(203) 392-5762
BU 122G
Fall 2013
What’s Where
• Ground Floor
Periodicals (Magazines, Journals, Newspapers), Theses, Microfilm,
Microfiche
• First Floor
Ref...
Finding Books, DVDs, eBooks, etc.
• On the library home page (http://library.southernct.edu/) enter your
search in the CON...
How Books Are Arranged
• Books are arranged by the Library of Congress Call Number System.
• Each book has a call number w...
Subject Search
• Use SUBJECT search to find information on a broad topic.
• In a SUBJECT search, only the subject/descript...
Keyword Search
• Keyword search uses natural language search terms.
• Keyword searches retrieve many records, some of whic...
Requesting items from another CSU Library
You can request items that are available at the other three state
universities, ...
Advanced Search
The advanced search screen presents many more search options.
Search Strategies
• Combine your main search concepts with operators
such as “and”, “or” or “not” to give your search focu...
Illustrating AND operator
Liberal education and success
Combine search terms with “and” to narrow your search and
get reco...
Illustrating OR operator
liberal education OR higher education
Combine search terms with “or” to get more results. An “or”...
Illustrating NOT operator
college not school
Not excludes search terms that appear after it. In this
example, only the ter...
Using Parentheses
Parentheses are used to group search words
for more complex or focused searches.
Example: higher educati...
Finding Periodicals in the Library
Click on “Journals by Title” to see if the
library has the periodical you need
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
If the library does not have the periodical you need we can get
the article for you through interl...
Finding Journal, Magazine, and Newspaper Articles
• Search Databases to find periodical articles.
• Databases can be acces...
Choosing the right databases
Click on “By Subject” to access
databases by discipline
Databases under this tab are good sta...
Databases vs. Internet
Why use Databases?
• Databases, not internet search engines, should be the
first stop for any acade...
Scholarly or Peer-reviewed Journals
• Articles are written by a scholar or researcher in the field and are most
often publ...
Popular and Other Periodicals
• Usually written by a member of the editorial staff, a scholar, or a free-lance
writer and ...
Evaluating Information in Print and on the
Web with the CRAP Test
• Currency
When was the information published? When was ...
CRAP Video
Dr. Chad Bauman has created an excellent music video
which is a humorous take on the CRAP test.
The video is av...
Research Guides
• Guides on various topics such as research skills, course specific
guides, citation styles, plagiarism, G...
Need help?
• Go to the Reference Desk on the main floor of the library for help during normal
reference hours.
• Schedule ...
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  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 and click on “Search”. The default is keyword. Use the pull-down menu for other searches. • 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 as in the record below. • The letter in a call number represents a major subject area. Books on a subject are grouped together. Call Number
  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 The advanced search screen presents many more search options.
  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 Combine search terms with “and” to narrow your search and get records containing all search terms. 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 Combine search terms with “or” to get more results. An “or” search retrieves at least one if not both search terms. The shaded area represents the number of records that contain either liberal education or higher education
  12. 12. Illustrating NOT operator college not school Not excludes search terms that appear after it. In this example, only the term “college” is searched. The term “school” is excluded. 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. Fill in the form and submit. First time users will need to fill out a profile form.
  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 Databases under this tab are good starting points for research. We recommend you begin your search on Academic Search Premier
  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 is a humorous take on the CRAP test. 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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