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  • 1. An Adventure in Research
    Using Beaman Library
    Services and Resources
    Spring 2010
  • 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. 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
  • 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)—Read the call number alphabetically and numerically. Any number after the decimal point is treated like a decimal number.
    • 6. Designators (Ref, Oversize, Buffington…)—Gives you a clue as to where these books are physically located in library. They are special sections unto themselves.
    • 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 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.
  • 9. 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.
  • 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. Periodical Indexes- Location
    Periodical indexes are located on the main floor, east wing of Beaman Library.
  • 13. 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
  • 14. Periodical Index Citations – Subject examples
    Social Sciences Index
    Soc Forces =
    Social Forces
  • 15. 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!
  • 16. 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
  • 17. To find an Article…Locating
    Found sources in a print index or database? Now, how do you find them?
  • 18. Locating article…pt. 1
    If the source located was cited in a database…
    Check to see if full-text is available
  • 19. 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
  • 20. 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)
  • 21. Periodicals - Location
    Current (2010)magazines and journals are arranged alphabetically on open shelves for easy browsing.
  • 22. Periodicals - Location
    Bound periodicals are arranged alphabetically and chronologically.
  • 23. Periodicals - Location
    Some periodicals are kept on microfilm or microfiche.
  • 24. Electronic/ Online Resources: Types
    Subject specific
  • 25. Databases
    Tennessee Electronic Library
    Academic OneFile
    Expanded Academic
    Science Database
  • 26. Databases
    Also try…
    Business Source Premier
    Natural Standard
  • 27. 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
  • 28. Government Databases
    Library of Congress
    National Institute of Mental Health
    National Library of Medicine
  • 29. Government Databases
  • 30. Psychology Databases
    American Psychological Association
  • 31. Psychology Databases
    Social Psychology Network
    Mental Help Net
  • 32. 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
  • 33. Evaluating Information
    • from monographs [books]
    • 34. from periodicals
    • 35. from databases
  • Evaluating books
    A recognized author
    Timely content
    Physical appearance
  • 36. Evaluating Journal Articles
    Scholarly Journal Characteristics
    Written for scholars or researchers in a specialized field (medicine, psychology, education)
  • 37. 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
  • 38. Evaluating Journal Articles
    Scholarly Journal Characteristics
    cites research
    includes notes and/or bibliography
    passes review by panel of experts
    peer reviewed
  • 39. Databases
    Academic .edu
    Government .gov
    Specialized/commercial .com/.org/.net
  • 40. Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s
    Who says it?
    • Author or sponsor
    • 41. Credentials of responsible party
    • 42. Example: AMDOC
  • Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s
    What does it claim, assert, etc.?
    • Purpose of web site
    • 43. Biased, objective, fair
    • 44. Factual…in depth
    • 45. Correct grammar, spelling, etc.
    • 46. Example: Silent Killer
    • 47. Example: Scout Report
  • Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s
    When was it said?
    Publication date
    Links up-to-date
    Example: Oncolink
  • 48. 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
  • 49. 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:
  • 50. Citations
    Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
    Citation Styles
  • 51. 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)
  • 52. 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!