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    • An Adventure in Research
      Using Beaman Library
      Services and Resources
      Spring 2010
    • Beaman Library is your starting point for research
      Research 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 resources 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
    • The Research Process
      The research process requires a knowledge of
      The locations of information resources
      How information resources are organized
      The toolsneeded for accessing
      information regardless of its format
      The criteria for evaluating information retrieved
    • Information Resources in Beaman Library - Organization
      • Library of Congress Classification System (LB 2806 .R38)
      • Designators (Ref, Oversize, Buffington…)
      • Local Collections(Special Collections, Restoration Collection…)
    • Information Resources in Beaman Library – access tools
      Books
      Articles (print & electronic)
      -Scholarly journal articles
      -Popular magazine articles
      -Newspaper articles
      Websites
    • Books!
      Reference Books:
      use in library only
      General Collection:
      check out for 4 weeks
      eBooks:
      must create username and password on netlibrary.com from a Lipscomb computer before using 1st time!
      access and read online from any computer, anywhere!
    • To find a Book…
      Use…
      The online catalog
      Author Search
      Title Search
      Subject Search
      Keyword Search
      http://library.lipscomb.edu
    • 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…Searching
      Search in a print index
      Use one of the databases from the library’s “Electronic Resources” page
      --On- and off-campus access
      Don’t look for articles in the Catalog!
    • 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 sources in a print index or database? 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 a print index or full-text was not available in a database…
      Check the journal title in the Catalog by doing a Title Search to see if Beaman has the journal in print
    • 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)
    • Websites!
      Government
      http://www.epa.gov
      http://www.senate.gov
      Military
      http://www.navy.mil
      http://www.defenselink.mil
      Commercial
      http://www.ebay.com
      http://www.sears.com
      Education
      http://www.lipscomb.edu
      http://www.ttu.edu
    • To find a Website…Search Engines
      Vast quantities of information
      Over 2 billion websites and growing daily
      You find it all…the good, the bad and the ugly…you must EVALUATE!
      Refine your search whenever possible
      Use relevant search terms
      Use phrases when possible
      Use quotation marks
      Try Boolean searches (and, or, not, +, -)
    • To find a Website…via CATACOMB
      Approximately 150 links to databases and web sites are cataloged in Catacomb.
      http://library.lipscomb.edu
    • Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s
      Who says it?
      • Author or sponsor?
      • Credentials of responsible party?
      • “Google” the author or sponsor for more information
      • Is there a way to determine the origin?
      • Look at the header or footer
      • Look at the URL
      • Look at the domain
      • Example: Wikipedia
    • Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s
      What does it claim, assert, etc.?
      • Purpose of web site
      • Informational?
      • Are they trying to sell something?
      • Biased, objective, fair
      • Is there a political or business agenda?
      • Factual…in depth
      • Correct grammar, spelling, etc.
      • Example: DHMO
      • Example: Greenpeace
    • Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s
      When was it said?
      Publication date
      Revisions
      Links up-to-date
      Example: Oncolink
    • Review: The Power of Five
      What does scholarly research require?
      A knowledge of
      1. The locationsof 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)
    • Remember...
      Librarians are
      here to help
      you with
      your mission!