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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!
    • Catacomb—Your Beaman Library Homepage
      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
    • 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)—Read the call number alphabetically and numerically. Any number after the decimal point is treated like a decimal number.
      • Designators (Ref, Oversize, Buffington…)—Gives you a clue as to where these books are physically located in library. They are special sections unto themselves.
      • Local Collections(Special Collections, Restoration Collection…)
    • Information Resources in Beaman Library – access tools
      Articles (print & electronic)
      -Scholarly journal articles
      -Popular magazine articles
      -Newspaper articles
    • Books!
      Reference Books:
      -use in library only
      General Collection:
      -check out for 3 weeks for undergrads.
      -access and read online. You must create your own username and password at from a Lipscomb computer and then you can access them from anywhere.
    • To find a Book…
      The online catalog
      Author Search
      Title Search
      Subject Search—very specific only searches subject line (which are Library of Congress approved subject headings)
      Keyword Search--searches all lines in the record except for Subjects.
    • 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
    • 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!
    • Periodical Indexes- Location
      Periodical indexes are located on the main floor, east wing of Beaman Library.
    • 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
      General Science Index
      Social Sciences Index
      Education Index
      Example of general index
      Readers Guide to Periodical Literature
    • Periodical Index Citations – Subject examples
      Social Sciences Index
      Soc Forces =
      Social Forces
    • 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 CATACOMB!
    • 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)
    • Periodicals - Location
      Current (2010)magazines and journals are arranged alphabetically on open shelves for easy browsing.
    • Periodicals - Location
      Bound periodicals are arranged alphabetically and chronologically.
    • Periodicals - Location
      Some periodicals are kept on microfilm or microfiche.
    • Electronic/ Online Resources: Types
      Subject specific
    • Databases
      Tennessee Electronic Library
      Academic OneFile
      Expanded Academic
      Science Database
    • Databases
      Also try…
      Business Source Premier
      Natural Standard
    • Databases
      Citations and abstracts
      peer reviewed journals –1806 to the present
      chapters from books – dissertations
      27 languages
      60 peer-reviewed APA journals from 1894 to the present
      book chapters from 2000–2002
      English language
    • Government Databases
      Library of Congress
      National Institute of Mental Health
      National Library of Medicine
    • Government Databases
    • Psychology Databases
      American Psychological Association
    • Psychology Databases
      Social Psychology Network
      Mental Help Net
    • Search engines
      • search specifically for scholarly literature:
      peer-reviewed papers
      theses books preprints
      abstracts technical reports
      • arranges search results by relevancy
    • Search engines
      … a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level.
      electronic journals electronic books
      bulletin boards databases
    • Evaluating Information
      • from monographs [books]
      • from periodicals
      • from databases
    • Evaluating books
      A recognized author
      Timely content
      Physical appearance
    • Evaluating Journal Articles
      Scholarly Journal Characteristics
      Written for scholars or researchers in a specialized field (medicine, psychology, education)
    • Evaluating Journal Articles
      found in specialized (subject) indexes
      [Social Sciences Index]
      usually published quarterly or monthly
      mostly print
      graphs and/or tables
      few or no ads
    • Evaluating Journal Articles
      Scholarly Journal Characteristics
      cites research
      includes notes and/or bibliography
      passes review by panel of experts
      peer reviewed
    • Databases
      Academic .edu
      Government .gov
      Specialized/commercial .com/.org/.net
    • Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s
      Who says it?
      • Author or sponsor
      • Credentials of responsible party
      • Example: AMDOC
    • Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s
      What does it claim, assert, etc.?
      • Purpose of web site
      • Biased, objective, fair
      • Factual…in depth
      • Correct grammar, spelling, etc.
      • Example: Silent Killer
      • Example: Scout Report
    • Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s
      When was it said?
      Publication date
      Links up-to-date
      Example: Oncolink
    • Interlibrary Loan
      What do I do if a resource I need is not available in the Beaman Library?
      Use the Interlibrary loan service provided by Beaman Library
    • 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:
    • Citations
      Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
      Citation Styles
    • 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)
    • Your mission...
      Come up with a suitable topic (not too broad, not too narrow)
      Be able to find resources in all formats (books, articles, websites, etc.)
      Incorporate & cite these sources correctly (be careful not to plagiarize!)
      Remember: librarians are here to help you with your mission!