BPST 312 Furlow Fall 2009

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BPST 312 Furlow Fall 2009

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

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