Political Science Senior Seminar Fall 2011
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  • 1. Political Science:
    An Adventure in Research
    Beaman Library
    Fall 2011
  • 2. Research is a process…
    It is ORGANIZED
    It is METHODICAL
    It is COMPREHENSIVE
  • 3. The Researcher’s 2 questions…
    WHAT do I want to know?
    WHERE do I find that information?
  • 4. Searching Begins With Your Beaman Library Catalog
    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
  • 5. Information Resources in Beaman Library
    Books
    Articles (print & electronic)
    -Scholarly journal articles
    -Popular magazine articles
    -Newspaper articles
    Websites
  • 6. Books!
    Reference Books:
    use in library only
    General Collection:
    check out for 3 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!
  • 7. To find a Book…
    Use…
    The online catalog
    Author Search
    Title Search
    Subject Search
    Searches subject heading
    Keyword Search
    Searches every field EXCEPT subject heading
    http://library.lipscomb.edu
  • 8. 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
  • 9. To find an Article…Searching
    Search in a print index
    OR
    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!
  • 10. Periodical Indexes In Print - Subject and general: access tools
    Provides citations to articles in magazines, journals, and newspapers
    Remember: citations only - no full-text
    Examples of subject indexes
    Biography Index
    Business Periodicals Index
    General Science Index
    PAIS International Index
    Social Sciences Index
    Example of general index
    Readers Guide to Periodical Literature
  • 11. Periodical Indexes (print)- Location
    Periodical indexes are located on the main floor, east wing of Beaman Library.
  • 12. To find an Article…Searching
    Search in a print index
    OR
    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!
  • 13. Periodical Indexes
    Online
    Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL)
    Powersearch
    Academic OneFile
    Expanded Academic ASAP
    Facts on File Online Databases
    National Newspaper Index
    America: History & Life and Historical Abstracts
    Biography In Context
    Lexis-Nexis
  • 14. 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
  • 15. To find an Article…Locating
    Found sources in a print index or database? Now, how do you find them?
  • 16. Locating article…pt. 1
    If the source located was cited in a database…
    Check to see if full-text is available
  • 17. 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
    Check the journal title in Ebsco A to Z
  • 18. 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)
  • 19. Periodicals - Location
    Current (2011)magazines and journals are arranged alphabetically on open shelves for easy browsing.
  • 20. Periodicals - Location
    Bound periodicals are arranged alphabetically and chronologically.
  • 21. Periodicals - Location
    Some periodicals are kept on microfilm or microfiche.
  • 22. World Wide Web Resources
    Academic .edu
    Government .gov
    Specialized/commercial .com/.org/.net
  • 23. Online Indexes/Databases: Government
    U. S. Government
    • Library of Congress
    • 24. http://marvel.loc.gov
    • 25. Congressional Directory
    • 26. http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cdirectory/index.html
  • Online Indexes/Databases Education
    http://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
  • 27. Online Indexes/Databases Commercial
    http://scholar.google.com/
    • Search specifically for scholarly literature:
    theses peer reviewed papers books
    abstracts technical reports preprints
  • 28. Evaluating Information
    from monographs (books)
    from periodicals (journals)
    from databases/websites
  • 29. Evaluating books
    Is it a recognized author?
    Does it have timely content?
    Does it contain documentation?
  • 30. What is a Scholarly Journal?
    • For scholars or researchers in a specialized field (e.g. medicine, psychology)
    • 31. Cites research
    • 32. Peer review (refereed)
    • 33. Includes notes and/or bibliography
    • 34. Usually quarterly or monthly
    • 35. Mostly print with graphs and/or tables
    • 36. Few or no ads
  • Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s
    Who says it?
    • Author or sponsor
    • 37. Credentials of responsible party
  • Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s
    What does it claim, assert, etc.?
    • Purpose of web site
    • 38. Biased, objective, fair
    • 39. Factual…in depth
    • 40. Correct grammar, spelling, etc.
  • Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s
    When was it said?
    Publication date
    Revisions
    Links up-to-date
  • 41. 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
  • 42. Interlibrary Loan
    Facts about Interlibrary Loan:
    Interlibrary Loan is a service provided by Beaman Library to obtain materials NOT owned by Beaman Library.
    The conditions of this service are set by the National Interlibrary Loan Code.
    The loan period is determined by the lending library.
    Athena is an area consortium of local libraries who loan and borrow from one another without charge.
    Applications are available at the Reference desk or onlinein Catacomb.
    Access form online: http://library.lipscomb.edu
  • 43. SAIL
    • Search – indexes/databases (evaluate)
    • 44. Analyze – compare, contrast; separate fact from opinion
    • 45. Inventory – Do I have enough, too
    much, too little?
    • Learn – new information and new
    information skills