Open Source Koichi Inoue Subject Librarian(Humanities & Social Sciences)
Directory of open access journals
Finding more open source
WikipediaPros: Good place to gather reference type of information (you can also check what the rest of the world already knows about your topic). Great place to find key information sources on your topic.Cons: Inconsistent, sometimes conflicting, information between pages. You cannot cite it in academic writing if you want to be taken seriously.
Film and television adaptations
Key information sources
5 min. exercise Search on your topic in Wikipedia.
WorldCatPros: World’s largest union catalogue (searches for books, magazines, DVDs, etc. held in libraries around the world). Uses thesauri (easier to collate material on the same topic). Personal account (can save records and searches, set up email alerts and RSS feeds, share you findings with others, etc.)/Cons: No full text available (but you can get them from our library). Keyword searching is weak (no full text
Find in a library
5 min. exercise Search on your topic in WorldCat.
Google BooksPros: Searches through millions of digitised books available. Full text searching (picks up parts of books really well. Ex. book chapters and paragraphs).Cons: Returns a huge number of hits, but it is difficult to narrow down the results.
Find in a library & Bib info
Google ScholarPros: Searches through millions of journal articles and books across all disciples and databases. Great tool to find “gray literature” (i.e. Dissertations,theses, conference pagers, etc.). Also great at finding open source journal articles.Cons: Same issue as Google Books – too many hits, often irrelevant to your topic.
5 min. exercise Search on your topic in Google Books and Google Scholar.