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What can the library do for you?Roxane BenVau,Instruction LibrarianGrossmont College
What we’ll cover today… Part I: What does the Library have? Part II: PreSearch: Generating Effective keywords Part III: Use your Keywords to find Books, Articles and Websites. Learn how to cite them.
What does the Library Have? New Spice, Study Like a Scholar video
Grossmont Library: What You See is NOT What You Get You Get. . . MORE!! Books, DVDs in Access to SDSU, Grossmont Library Cuyamaca, & other libraries: Books & Articles Credo Reference & GVRL Reserves: eReference Textbooks, me Books online— dia, articles 24/7 Read full-text articles in online Read 28,000 Databases—24/7 e-BooksResearch Help : in online—24/7person at Ref Desk &online at AskUsNow!
Part II: Pre-SearchDevelop a search strategy & effective search keywords Step 1: Write your topic in the form of a question or statement, circle your main concepts, and make a list of keywords you can use in searches Watch the Generating Keywords for Online Searching video
On Your Paper… Step 1: Write your topic in the form of a question or statement, circle your main concepts, and make a list of keywords you can use in searches.
Step 2: While researching, addto your list of keywords Add to your list of search terms by looking in reference books for an overview of your topic. Also find additional keywords, main concepts, and synonyms in other books & articles. Credo & Gale Virtual Reference Library databases contain online reference books
Step 3:Know how databases operate Learn some basic search techniques Library Databases search differently than Google: ASU video Connectors AND, OR, NOT Activity to reinforce understanding of AND Truncation * (retrieve all forms of the word) “phrase searching”3 Golden Rules of Searching…
Golden Rule #1: Generate EffectiveSearch Terms for Topic Break Topic into Keywords Think like the author Think of Synonyms/Alternative keywords Use one or two unique keywords in a search, three keywords max What effect did Facebook have on the outcome of the revolution in Egypt?
Golden Rule #2: Use Connector ANDbetween main concepts* Keyword(s) AND Keyword(s) egyptian revolution egypt* AND revolution egypt* AND revolution AND facebook Note: Some databases now assume the AND, like Google does
Golden Rule #3: Use One GoodSource to Find More Locate a relevant book or article, and then look for: Subjects/Descriptors Keywords in the Abstract Additional books/articles in the Bibliography
Part III: Find Articles Research Guide has recommended databases Find your Research Guide Evaluate, Evaluate, Evaluate source authority & relevance: Is article relevant to your topic? Who is the author? How current is the info? Is it a scholarly or popular article?
As you search:Questions to Answer How do you read the full text? How do you email the article to yourself? Does the database provide citations? How do you find them?
Find Books and eBooks Books for in-depth, overview of topic vs. Articles for specific aspects of a topic, latest research studies, current events. Evaluate source authority & relevance: Is book relevant to your topic? Who is the author? How current is the info? There are fewer books than articles—use broader search terms
As You Search:Questions to Answer Ifyou want to go get a book from the shelf, what information do you need to write down? How do you read an eBook? How can you email information about a book to yourself? How do you request books from SDSU, Cuyamaca or other libraries?
Search for Websites Evaluating source authority & relevance becomes critical for websites Look at domain: .gov, .edu, .com, .org Who is author? Is information accurate? Biased? Current? SeeResearch Guide: Google Advanced Search and Google Scholar (also, see list of Hoax Websites!)
Don’t Let This Happen to You…Plagiarism! You must cite your sourceGive credit where when you…credit is due— ~quoteUse information someoneethically: Cite YourSources ~paraphrase ~whenever you use someone else’s ideas Permission to use granted by Speed Bump cartoonist, Dave Coverly Grossmont College takes academic honesty very seriously
How to Create Citations Library Databases provide ready-made citations for eBooks and articles(must re- format after pasting) Library Catalog doesn’t provide citations Grossmont Library Citation Help page NoodleBib Express—free citation generator
Where to Get Research Help Reference Desk: all hours the library is open AskUsNow! Service: 24/7 Research Guide: Library>Library Instruction>Help With Research>Research Guides Thank you for coming! Roxane BenVau, Instruction Librarian