Welcome This is the start of the Tutorial for Info Power.
Why is investigating so important in your research? Researching takes a lot of your time and your effort.
The wrong approach can waste your time and effort and result in a paper you know your professors won't want--and a grade you don't want.
How you ask + Where you look = What you find!
When you know what you want and what you need, then you're ready to search for information. Remember, the "quest" of all your research efforts should be to answer your research question.
Where should you look?
There are a variety of information sources:
Encyclopedias , dictionaries , almanacs , atlases , and handbooks are great starting points for overviews of topics or quick facts.
Books cover a topic thoroughly, though they may not be as current as other sources.
Newspapers and magazines are reader-
friendly and good for current events.
Journals are more academic in nature.
The Library on the Web Libraries use the Web as a portal to their resources. These resources include catalogs, databases, directories, encyclopedias and links to useful non-library Web sites. What you find on library Web pages has been:
What is a database? Librarians are always talking about "databases." What are databases, anyway? A database is a collection of data organized for rapid search and retrieval by a computer. Examples of databases are Amazon.com, Academic Search Premier, and the library catalog. They all have underlying databases, even though they look different.
The GGC library has access to over 100 different databases. These databases are available off-campus through GALILEO.
What is GALILEO?
GALILEO is a collection of databases that the GGC Library subscribes to. Watch this two minute video to learn more!
A couple of things to keep in mind:
GALILEO is not a single database, it is a collection of more than 150 different databases