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  • Getting started with some suggestions to help you with your research. Handouts are a guide to build a basic starting point for your research.
  • Quick summary of the tabs at the top of the page and the icon pictures to the left.
  • The place to start- Bookmark or tab this on the computer or laptop or device that you use for library research! New Library homepage design is coming on Sept. 3rd You will see it later…..
  • Easiest way to see ALL choices-- CLICK ON ALL. Now alphabetically arranged
  • Off campus access information to get to GALILEO. Go to Library WEBpage, do not log into the SWAN. Just use your swan credentials when you click on GALILEO.
  • Select “FEATURED” for information about research services and specific collections
  • Library account “How to set it up” See Library Services need this for GilExpress requests, renew books, and see what is checked out.
  • Two choices for retrieving materials that are NOT available to CSU users The differences listed here.
  • On the LibGuide for Sociology, select the “Find Articles” tab to find suggested electronic resources to search for research articles- ex. Sociological Collection, Social Science Journals, Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection, JSTOR, background info= CQ Researcher Online resources
  • Searching with Boolean operators AND narrows the search OR expands the search
  • Model of a search strategy as found on your worksheet quotation marks or parentheses keeps words as a phrase and in order for the search.
  • Determine what type of information that you need. Here are some examples.
  • More examples
  • Limiters and truncation
  • Let’s take a couple of sample research questions and work through possible strategies.
  • Using the search strategy worksheet let’s look at possible search terms and phrases
  • DE (Descriptor) (controlled vocabulary of Sociological Collection database )
  • Navigating to find resources such as Sociological Collection. See the Sociology LibGuideor A-Z Electronic Resources-- LibGuide for Sociology related possibilities for research.
  • Pay attention to the subject terms and the author-supplied keywords of a particularly good citation
  • Notice the Publication tab at the tob of the EBSCO interface. Select this to open up a search box JUST FOR PUBLICATION searching.
  • NOTICE the SEARCH within this publication- also notice the dates available
  • Example of searching just within a selected journal Social Theory & Practice
  • Subject descriptors are offered on the left side after you do your first keyword search.. Use these tools and suggestions to refine and limite your searching results.
  • You can also add another resource from within your current search EBSCO search boxes. (other vendor is PRoQUEST and they allow you to search their products too.
  • What the icon symbols mean…
  • Create your own folder using the EBSCO server -- SAVE your results and favorite searches, and se up alerts
  • Social Sciences -Library of Congress searching for resources in the various areas
  • Electronic Resource suggestions - searching for e-books ( many good reference books in the GVRL)
  • SOCI 4901 instruction Taylor Keese presentation

    1. 1. SOCI 4901 Practicum Library Research Strategies for Sociology Joan Taylor Reference Librarian Fall, 2013
    2. 2. Today’s outcomes  To identify resources for sociology research  To effectively identify keywords, synonyms, and related terms for targeted searching  To identify controlled vocabulary tools specific to the discipline or topic
    3. 3. A new look Library homepage!  Search+ - 100 plus resources (broad)  Books+ - multiple collections  Articles+ - subject disciplines (specific)  LibGuides - research tools, “how to”  Services- Gil Express, Interlibrary Loan  Ask a Librarian! - In person, chat, email, appointment, call
    4. 4. Bookmark this link:
    5. 5. Start your research with a LibGuide! Browse by Subject or Major Browse by topic Browse by keyword or tag
    6. 6. Tutorials, Subjects, Courses, Special topics
    7. 7. Off Campus access to GALILEO  URL:
    8. 8. Featured LibGuides about Services and Resources
    9. 9. Libraries Love to Share Gil Express      Borrow books from other GA universities (USG) Search Gil Express Catalog Request online or check out in person Arrive in 2-4 days 28-day loan, renewable Interlibrary loan (ILL)    Request electronic copy of an article Arrive in less than a week by email Borrow books from all types of libraries   Arrive in 2-3 weeks Loan period varies
    10. 10. LibGuide for Sociology – ”Find Articles” TAB
    11. 11. Searching -Boolean operators
    12. 12. Examples of Search terms
    13. 13. Other search terms
    14. 14. Advanced Search Features  Search categories, limiters  Full text, date, scholarly Publication, document type  Truncation     Type part of a word plus an asterisk (*)-Find variations of word stem crim* finds criminal, criminals, criminology Socio* finds sociology, sociological, sociologists, socioeconomic, soc iodemographic, sociopolitical etc.
    15. 15. The Research Question     Criteria to ask yourself * : a) Is it open-ended ?(cannot be answered with a simple yes or no) b) Does it address an issue or controversy and/or solves a problem? c) Is it something that a student can take a stand on? * Burckhardt, J. M., MacDonald, M. C., & Rathemacher, A. J. (2010). Teaching information literacy (2nd ed.). Chicago, IL: American Library Association. 29. Print.
    16. 16. Sample research question  Does exclusion from participation in the voting process among felons contribute to community disengagement and social isolation?  Variation-- open ended  How does the exclusion of felons from voting affect them within their social community?
    17. 17. “voting rights” AND (exclusion OR stigma) AND felons
    18. 18. How can I find Sociological Collection?  Go to Sociology LibGuide  Click on the “Find Articles” TAB  Go to A-Z Electronic Resources LibGuide Select the “S” index TAB for Sociological
    19. 19. Screen shot of Sociological Collection Search
    20. 20. Search tips to build other search strategies  Use terms from subjects, author-supplied keywords, and descriptor terms
    21. 21. Search by publication
    22. 22. Publication Record Search within this publication Indexing & full text coverage
    23. 23. Search within one publication
    24. 24. One Subject Search + Subject limiters
    25. 25. Add a resource Sociological Collection + Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
    26. 26. My EBSCOhost –save results
    27. 27. Print Resources
    28. 28. Electronic Resources -Books  Gale Virtual Reference Library -Social Sciences - Collection of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for research. Browse by subject, search by collection or by individual title. Link to Social Science (GVRL)  eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) for Social Sciences-All topics, including reference books, academic titles and consumer books that have been converted into digital format. Most titles limited to one user at a time. Download for 7-day offline use is available.
    29. 29. Suggested Electronic ResourcesArticles  Sociological Collection  ProQuest Social Science Journals  Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection  JSTOR Collection  Social Sciences Full Text  Academic Search Complete
    30. 30. Letters to all deployed military service members for Thanksgiving. Please take a moment to write a thank you letter –Box in the CSU Library
    31. 31. Thank you! Questions? To review this session, go to: Click on “Instruction session”
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