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  • 1. An Adventure in Research
    Using Beaman Library
    Services and Resources
    Spring 2011
  • 2. 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!
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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
  • 5. Information Resources in Beaman Library - Organization
    • Library of Congress Classification System (LB 2806 .R38)
    • 6. Designators (Ref, Oversize, Buffington…)
    • 7. Local Collections(Special Collections, Restoration Collection…)
  • Information Resources in Beaman Library – access tools
    Articles (print & electronic)
    -Scholarly journal articles
    -Popular magazine articles
    -Newspaper articles
  • 8. Books!
    Reference Books:
    use in library only
    General Collection:
    check out for 4 weeks
    must create username and password on from a Lipscomb computer before using 1st time!
    access and read online from any computer, anywhere!
  • 9. To find a Book…
    The online catalog
    Author Search
    Title Search
    Subject Search--searches the Subject Heading field
    Keyword Search--searches everything but the Subject field.
  • 10. 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
    -The Tennessean, Wall Street Journal
  • 11. 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!
  • 12. 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
  • 13. To find an Article…Locating
    Found sources in a print index or database? Now, how do you find them?
  • 14. Locating article…pt. 1
    If the source located was cited in a database…
    Check to see if full-text is available
  • 15. 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
  • 16. 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)
  • 17. Websites!
  • 18. 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, +, -)
  • 19. Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s
    Who says it?
    • Author or sponsor?
    • 20. Credentials of responsible party?
    • 21. “Google” the author or sponsor for more information
    • 22. Is there a way to determine the origin?
    • 23. Look at the header or footer
    • 24. Look at the URL
    • 25. Look at the domain
  • Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s
    What does it claim, assert, etc.?
    • Purpose of web site
    • 26. Informational?
    • 27. Are they trying to sell something?
    • 28. Biased, objective, fair
    • 29. Is there a political or business agenda?
    • 30. Factual…in depth
    • 31. Correct grammar, spelling, etc.
  • Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s
    When was it said?
    Publication date
    Links up-to-date
  • 32. 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)
  • 33. Remember...
    Librarians are
    here to help
    you with
    your mission!