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Political Science Senior Seminar

  1. 1. Political Science: An Adventure in Research Beaman Library Fall 2007
  2. 2. Research is a process… <ul><li>It is ORGANIZED </li></ul><ul><li>It is METHODICAL </li></ul><ul><li>It is COMPREHENSIVE </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Researcher’s 2 questions… <ul><li>WHAT do I want to know? </li></ul><ul><li>WHERE do I find that information? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Catacomb… the online catalog <ul><li>All searching begins with </li></ul><ul><li>the online catalog. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Information Resources in Beaman Library <ul><ul><li>Reference books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Periodicals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Indexes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Databases/Websites </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Reference Sources: Location Main Level – West Wing
  7. 7. Reference Sources: Types <ul><li>Encyclopedias </li></ul><ul><ul><li>General </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dictionaries </li></ul><ul><li>Handbooks </li></ul><ul><li>Directories </li></ul><ul><li>Indexes </li></ul><ul><li>Statistical Sources </li></ul>
  8. 8. Periodicals - Location <ul><li>Current (2007) magazines and journals are arranged alphabetically on open shelves for easy browsing. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Periodicals - Location <ul><li>Bound periodicals are arranged alphabetically and chronologically. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Periodicals - Location <ul><li>Some periodicals are kept on microfilm or microfiche . </li></ul>
  11. 11. Periodical Indexes (print)- Location <ul><li>Periodical indexes are located on the main floor, east wing of Beaman Library. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Periodical Indexes Print <ul><ul><li>Biography Index </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business Periodicals Index </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>General Science Index </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PAIS International Index </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Sciences Index </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Periodical Indexes <ul><li>Online </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Powersearch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic OneFile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expanded Academic ASAP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>InfoTrac OneFile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Newspaper Index </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>America: History & Life and Historical Abstracts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biography Resource Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lexis-Nexis </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. World Wide Web Resources <ul><li>Academic .edu </li></ul><ul><li>Government .gov </li></ul><ul><li>Specialized/commercial .com/.org/.net </li></ul>
  15. 15. Online Indexes/Databases: Government <ul><li>U. S. Government </li></ul><ul><li>Library of Congress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://marvel.loc.gov </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Congressional Directory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.gpoaccess.gov/cdirectory/index.html </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Online Indexes/Databases Education <ul><li>http://infomine.ucr.edu </li></ul><ul><li>… a virtual library of internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic journals electronic books </li></ul><ul><li>Bulletin boards databases </li></ul><ul><li>articles </li></ul>
  17. 17. Online Indexes/Databases Commercial <ul><li>Search specifically for scholarly literature: </li></ul><ul><li>theses peer reviewed papers books </li></ul><ul><li>abstracts technical reports preprints </li></ul>http:// scholar.google.com /
  18. 18. Evaluating Information <ul><li>from monographs (books) </li></ul><ul><li>from periodicals (journals) </li></ul><ul><li>from databases/websites </li></ul>
  19. 19. Evaluating books <ul><li>Is it a recognized author? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it have timely content? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it contain documentation? </li></ul>
  20. 20. What is a Scholarly Journal? <ul><li>For scholars or researchers in a specialized field (e.g. medicine, psychology) </li></ul><ul><li>Cites research </li></ul><ul><li>Peer review (refereed) </li></ul><ul><li>Includes notes and/or bibliography </li></ul><ul><li>Usually quarterly or monthly </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly print with graphs and/or tables </li></ul><ul><li>Few or no ads </li></ul>
  21. 21. Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s <ul><li>Who says it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Author or sponsor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Credentials of responsible party </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s <ul><li>What does it claim, assert, etc.? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Purpose of web site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biased, objective, fair </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Factual…in depth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Correct grammar, spelling, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s <ul><li>When was it said? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Publication date </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Revisions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links up-to-date </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Interlibrary Loan <ul><li>Question: </li></ul><ul><li>What do I do if a resource I need is not available in the Beaman Library? </li></ul><ul><li>Answer: </li></ul><ul><li> Use the Interlibrary loan service provided by Beaman Library </li></ul>
  25. 25. Interlibrary Loan <ul><li>Facts about Interlibrary Loan: </li></ul><ul><li>Interlibrary Loan is a service provided by Beaman Library to obtain materials NOT owned by Beaman Library. </li></ul><ul><li>The conditions of this service are set by the National Interlibrary Loan Code . </li></ul><ul><li>The loan period is determined by the lending library. </li></ul><ul><li>Athena is an area consortium of local libraries who loan and borrow from one another without charge. </li></ul><ul><li>Applications are available at the Reference desk or online in Catacomb . </li></ul><ul><li>Access form online: http:// library.lipscomb.edu </li></ul>
  26. 26. SAIL <ul><li>S earch – indexes/databases (evaluate) </li></ul><ul><li>A nalyze – compare, contrast; separate fact from opinion </li></ul><ul><li>I nventory – Do I have enough, too </li></ul><ul><li>much, too little? </li></ul><ul><li>L earn – new information and new </li></ul><ul><li>information skills </li></ul>
  27. 27. Your mission... <ul><li>Come up with a suitable topic (not too broad, not too narrow) </li></ul><ul><li>Be able to find resources in all formats (books, articles, websites, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate & cite these sources correctly (be careful not to plagiarize!) </li></ul><ul><li>Remember: librarians are here to help you with your mission! </li></ul>

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