SOCI 1101LIBRARY RESEARCH• Joan Taylor• Reference Librarian
SOCI 1101 Library SessionSteps to Selecting and Using the Best Resources !• Keyword Searching vs. Subject Searching• Tips to Better Searching• Library of Congress Classification• Popular Magazines vs. Scholarly Journals• Find Articles!• Your turn to search
Steps to Keyword Searching Easy to Flexible use terms Everyday Less language accurate KEYWORDS
The Topic “Solar panels”• Look at your topic and possibly phrase it as a question.What are the benefits of solar panels? ORAre there benefits of using solar panels?Look for keywords and concepts from yourresearch question or topic.• “solar panels” “benefits”
Brainstorm for other terms Brainstorm Keywords: Alternative for financial, Keywords: alternative benefits, cost, money, words. solar panels savings, advantages, solar energy, sun power
Examples of Keywords and Phrases Category Example• Keywords • Reconstruction• Basic Phrases • “solar panels”• Proper names • (William Faulkner)• Hyphenated words • “mother-in-law”• Slogans, advertisements • (Can you hear me now?)• Famous quotes • “to be or not to be”• Titles • (Where the Wild Things Are)
BOOLEAN Operators: AND = narrows (4,475 results) women and “hypertension” OR = expands (80,683 results) Hypertension or “high blood pressure” NOT = excludes (76,208 results) hypertension not pregnancy DID YOU KNOW ? DID YOU KNOW ?AND is automatically used by Google and many other search engines to combine terms.
So what’s the alternative toKeywords? ▪ Subjects (Controlled vocabulary) ▪ Example: ▪ Library of Congress (Assigns subject headings for books and resources) ▪ Topic: Power Resources Broader heading - Renewable energy sources Narrower heading -Solar energy
Library of Congress Classification for SOCIOLOGY
Effective Searching for A Topic• Keywords- Identify other related terms for your search.• Subject headings- Use established words or phrases assigned to a topic. (We use Library of Congress subjects and classification).• Thesaurus- Use a tool that helps to provide other ideas for search terms, such as an online subject or thesaurus index.• Often found in the disciplines of education, medicine, psychology
Popular vs. Scholarly Articles Magazines Journals• Popular information • Scholarly information• For casual readers seeking • For researchers/professors general information. to stay current on a topic.• May include bright covers • Illustrations include charts, graphics to support article. and advertising. • Always include the name• Name of author may not of the author(s). be included. • Longer articles, footnotes.• Short articles. • Bibliographies.• No bibliographies.
GALILEO Main Search –Discover-Searches everything-Overview
Resource SCOPE/Content Types of ResourcesAcademic Search Multi-disciplinary-huge Magazines, Newspapers,Complete resource for many topics Journal articles, ImagesJSTOR Multi-disciplinary-huge Journal articles, books resource –not current publicationsSociological Collection Sociology, social behavior, Primarily scholarly culture, human journal articles interactionGenderWatch sexuality, religion, Magazines, newspapers, societal roles, feminism, journal articles masculinity, eating disorders, daycare, and the workplaceSocial Science Journals all areas of the social Journal articles sciences Great GALILEO Resources for Sociology
Evaluate All Information* AUTHORITY Who is the author, curator, or publisher? What credentials or affiliations does the author have? What are the author’s qualifications? If this information is from a website: Can you tell the affiliation from the domain of the site? .gov governmental .edu educational .org organizational .com (personal or commercial) *Nagel, Erin. “ENGL 1102: Composition.” LibGuide. CSU Library. Web. 18 Sept. 2012
TO RECAP OUR SESSION!1. Think of keywords and alternative words for your topic A) Boolean operators OR=expands AND=narrows B) Use parentheses or quotation marks when searching for phrases.2. “Use the tools” to help with your searches -- Special indexes such as a thesaurus or subject guide3. “Use limiters” –such as by date, scholarly peer-reviewed, format.4. “Popular vs. scholarly” Know the difference!5. Evaluate ALL of your sources--- Books, journal/magazine articles, and web sources.
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