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  • 1. Research Tips for BPST 312: Technical and Business Communication
    Paul Boger
    CGPS Reference Librarian
    pboger@umw.edu
  • 2. Web Resources
    Blogs
    Twitter
    YouTube
    Government Sites
    Company Sites
    News
    Shopping
    World of Information
    Print Resources
    Journals
    Magazines
    Newspapers
    Books
    Videos
    Online databases and books
    Online Library Resources
  • 3. Where do I begin?
    How do I evaluate information?
    • Click the “How Do I” tab
    • 4. Then click the “Evaluate Resources” link
  • Popular vs. Scholarly
    • Not as easy to determine with web resources!
  • Primary vs. Secondary
  • 5. What is Most Appropriate for Academic Level Research?
    Credible Authors
    Information Supported by Facts & Research
    Objective Information – not biased
    Accessible Information – can you find it again
    Current Information – things change quickly
    Evaluate your sources - YOU are the judge of the content used in your assignments
  • 6. Where do I begin?
  • 7. (Library) Research Tools
    Library Catalog
    Titles of Books
    Titles of Journals, Magazines and Newspapers
    Searches Simpson Library, CGPS Library, and 2 online books collections
    Databases
    Articles in Journals, Magazines and Newspapers
    Company and Industry Information
    Search Engines – publicly available resources
  • 8. Where do I begin?
    How do I find articles on my topic?
  • 9. Databases – 24/7
    Database A-Z list
    Databases by Subject
    Research Guides
    • Click the drop-down menu by “Research by Subject”
    • 10. Click on Professional Studies (BPS) – to access suggested research resources
    • 11. Click “GO”
  • Research Guide
    • Click on the “Databases” option
  • Research Guide
    • Click on the name of a database and begin searching
    • 12. If you need assistance, contact the library
  • Can I use the databases from home?
    Yes!
    • You will have to log-in to the databases when off-campus
    • 13. Contact the Library if you have access problems
    jsmith
    password
  • 14. Recommended Databases:
    Academic Search Complete
    Omnifile Full Text Mega
    • Different levels of full text availability
    • 15. Mix of scholarly vs. popular sources
    • 16. Different databases will provide different information
    • Click “Advanced Search”
    • 17. Search by Keyword
    • 18. Search by Topic
    • Click on the title of a report to view the document
    • Click “View PDF” to print and save document
    • 19. Click “CiteNow” to format your citation
    • 20. Click “Bibliography” for more sources
    • Click “Issues and Controversies”
    • Search by Keyword
    • 21. Search by “Pro and Con”
    • 22. Pick a “Headline”
    • Click the “Sidebars” to locate additional information
    • 23. Click “Related Articles” to find more information
    • 24. Print and email articles
  • Academic Searcg Complete
    • To find articles, enter your keyword in the search boxes
    • 25. Click “Choose Databases”
  • Academic Search Complete
    • Select multiple databases in which to search
    • 26. Click “OK”
  • Academic Search Complete
    • Click “Search” to search through all of your selected databases simultaneously
  • Academic Search Complete
    • Click on a Subject term to refine your results
    • 27. Click PDF and HTML links for full text
    • 28. Click “Locate Journal Article” if not full text through the database
  • “Locate Journal Article” page
    • Is the article available in a UMW database? YES.
    • 29. Click the “Article” links to retrieve the complete document
  • OmnifileFull Text Mega
    • Enter your keywords
    • 30. Consider using some of the “Limit” options
    • 31. Click “Go”
  • Omnifile Full Text Mega
    • Click “PDF” or “HTML” links to retrieve articles
    • 32. Click “Locate Article” if not full text through the database
  • What if my materials are at the main campus Library? What if UMW doesn’t have what I need?
    Use Illiad to request materials not located at the CGPS Library
    Create an online Illiad Account
    Submit requests through Libraries’ website
    Request books, articles, dissertations
    Delivered online or to the CGPS Library
    $2 fee for articles located at Simpson Library
  • 33. Illiad: document delivery and interlibrary loan
  • 34. SEARCH TIPS
    • Try different databases
    • 35. Try different keywords
    • 36. Use an “asterisk” for multiple word endings - *
    • 37. Phrase Searching - quotation marks
    • 38. Avoid stop words like: in, an, of, for, on, by
    • 39. Ask Librarians for assistance
    • 40. Writing Center
  • Search Engines – general web
    • Search the public web
    • 41. Limit yourself to a domain - .gov, .edu, .org
    • 42. Evaluate so you avoid using bad websites
  • Search Engines - government
    Search federal and state government sites
    Government investigative reports
    Statistics
  • 43. - APA citations and bibliographies
    Downloads:
    • Plug-in for Microsoft Word
    • 44. Firefox Portable
    • 45. Zotero: Version 1 or Version2
  • Need help? Have Questions?
    Come to the Library
    Mondays - Thursdays 1 p.m. - 9 p.m.
    Fridays 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    Saturdays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Contact the Library Staff
    cgpslib@umw.edu
    540-286-8025
    IM: cgpslibrary
    Set up a Research Appointment
    pboger@umw.edu
    540-286-8066
  • 46. Take A Break!
    &
    Served at 5:30 pm
    (Monday through Thursday)