Graduate Beginning Research Spring 2011Presentation Transcript
An Adventure in Research Using Beaman Library Services and Resources Spring 2011
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??? 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…)
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--searches the Subject Heading field Keyword Search--searches everything but the Subject field. 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 Search the journal title in Ebsco A to Z
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, +, -)
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
Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s What does it claim, assert, etc.?
Purpose of web site
Are they trying to sell something?
Biased, objective, fair
Is there a political or business agenda?
Correct grammar, spelling, etc.
Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s When was it said? Publication date Revisions Links up-to-date
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)
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