Beginning research fall2012Presentation Transcript
An Adventure in Research Using Beaman Library Services and Resources Fall 2012
Beaman Library is your starting point for researchResearch materials at your fingertips!Computers for your convenience!Study Rooms available to study by yourself or for a group to gather!Our Library Staff is here for you!
Your Beaman Library Homepage • Access the library catalog & our electronic databases from any computer • Ask a Reference Question??? Links you with a librarian for all of your questions • Find out information about the library or read the latest library newsletter
Your MOBILE Beaman LibraryHomepage • Access our catalog from any mobile device! • Carry it with you to the stacks to help find your materials!
Research is a process…• It is ORGANIZED• It is METHODICAL• It is COMPREHENSIVE
The Researcher’s 2 questions…• WHAT do I want to know?• WHERE do I find that information?
The Research ProcessThe research process requires a knowledge of The locations of information resources How information resources are organized The tools needed for accessing information regardless of its format The criteria for evaluating information retrieved
Information Resources in Beaman Library - OrganizationLibrary of Congress Classification System (LB 2806 .R38)—Read the call number alphabetically and numerically. Any number after the decimal point is treated like a decimal number.Designators (Ref, Oversize, Buffington…)— Gives you a clue as to where these books are physically located in library. They are special sections unto themselves.Local Collections (Special Collections, Restoration Collection…)
Information Resources in Beaman Library – access toolsBooksArticles (print & electronic)-Scholarly journal articles-Popular magazine articles-Newspaper articlesWebsites
Books!• Reference Books: -use in library only• General Collection: -check out for 3 weeks for undergrads, 4 weeks for grads• eBooks: -access and read online. Over 18,000 in our collection.
Articles!• Scholarly journals -aka “refereed”, “peer- reviewed”, “academic” -articles reviewed and accepted by experts in the field• Magazines, popular and trade journals -Booklist, Southern Living, GQ• Newspapers -The Tennessean, Wall Street Journal
To find an Article…Sorting • Citation: gives you the information you need to track down the work • Abstract: summary of article + citation • Full Text: complete text of article + citation
To find an Article…Locating• Found a citation for an article? Now, how do you find them?
Locating article…pt. 1• If the source located was cited in a database… • Check to see if full-text is available
Locating article…pt. 2• If the source located was cited in another book or article or full-text was not available in a database… • Check the journal title in the Catalog to see if Beaman has the journal in print. Use the “Journal Finder”.
Locating articles…pt. 3• If the source is not available in print in Beaman Library or full-text via database… • Check other local libraries (in WorldCat or Athena) to see if they have the journal in print • Request the article through Interlibrary Loan (Allow 2 weeks)
Periodicals - LocationCurrent (2012) magazines and journals are arranged alphabetically on open shelves for easy browsing.
Periodicals - Location Bound periodicals are arranged alphabetically and chronologically.
Periodicals - Location Some periodicals are kept on microfilm or microfiche.
DatabasesFound in our ENCORE catalog! • Academic OneFile • Expanded Academic • Science Database • LexisNexis • Many, many more
Search engines http://scholar.google.com/search specifically for scholarly literature: peer-reviewed papers theses books preprints abstracts technical reportsarranges search results by relevancy
Search engineshttp://infomine.ucr.edu/ … a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. electronic journals electronic books bulletin boards databases articles
Evaluating Information from monographs [books] from periodicals from websites
Evaluating books• A recognized author• Timely content• Documentation• Physical appearance
Evaluating Journal Articles Scholarly Journal CharacteristicsWritten for scholars or researchers in a specialized field (medicine, psychology, education)
Evaluating Journal Articles• found in specialized (subject) indexes [Social Sciences Index] usually published quarterly or monthly• mostly print • graphs and/or tables • few or no ads
Evaluating Journal Articles Scholarly Journal Characteristics• cites research• includes notes and/or bibliography• passes review by panel of experts • peer reviewed • refereed
Websites• Academic .edu• Government .gov• Specialized/commercial .com/.org/.net
Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’sWho says it? Author or sponsor Credentials of responsible party
Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’sWhat does it claim, assert, etc.? Purpose of web site Biased, objective, fair Factual…in depth Correct grammar, spelling, etc.
Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’sWhen was it said? • Publication date • Revisions • Links up-to-date
Interlibrary Loan• Question: What do I do if a resource I need is not available in the Beaman Library?• Answer: Use the Interlibrary loan service provided by Beaman Library
Review: The Power of FiveWhat does scholarly research require?A knowledge of 1. The locations of information resources 2. Organization of information resources 3. The access tools needed for obtaining information regardless of its format 4. The criteria for evaluating information located 5. The rules of scholarly research (proper citing/respect for copyright)
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