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  • Getting not enough or no results? <br /> Use fewer keywords <br /> Use different keywords <br /> Use broader terms <br /> Add synonyms <br /> Try truncation (*) <br /> Getting too many results? <br /> Use more keywords <br /> Use narrower terms <br /> Remove synonyms <br />
  • This is the address for your article. You are looking up an address. You aren’t going to write down “Sara’s House” and hope you can find it, you are going to write down the street name and number etc. <br />

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  • HSI-STEM Research Experience Finding Information in the Library Cathy Outten Spring 2014
  • Science Literature   What is it and where does it come from? What makes it “scholarly”?
  • Information Sources      Journals (Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, Academic) Government Documents Books Magazines, newspapers Websites
  • Let’s explore! The Library Webpage: www.csulb.edu/library Where would you click to: find the library hours?  search for a book?  search for a journal article?  email your librarian?  find the journal Nature? 
  • Basics  Library Website Your Course Guide  My Library Account   PIN/Password
  • Creating a search strategy Where? (what database)  Identify key terms  Use limiters (pub. year or type, etc.) 
  • Use your search strategy anywhere!    In COAST to find books In databases to find articles In Google to find websites
  • Finding Books Click on Library Catalog  COAST is our library catalog  Use to find books and journals by title  Locations/Call numbers/Status  NOT FOR JOURNAL ARTICLES!
  • Try it! Try a search in COAST How many items do we have on your topic? Where is one item located?
  • Finding Articles  Online Databases  Academic Search Complete  Science Direct Other possibilities:  Link from your course guide or databases by topic
  • Getting journal articles 1. Get a CITATION - from databases 2. Get the ARTICLE - Get it @ CSULB
  • Try it! Pick a database and conduct a search Try to get around 50 results
  • Having Trouble?  Getting not enough or no results?  Getting too many results?
  • I have a citation, Now What?  Write down (or e-mail/save/print) everything!      Title Author Journal vol., issue, page numbers year
  • Read the article 1. 2. 3. 4. In the database or In another database or In print or Get it from another library
  • Getting the Article  Full-text or PDF from the database  Links right from database
  • Click on the Get it@CSULB icon
  • Where the item is available The SFX Window Download citation
  • Search COAST to see if we have it in print
  • COAST Journal Record Call number Check the dates to figure out where it will be Request from ORCA
  • Try it! How would you get the article from the citation you found?
  • Citing Your Research     Avoid plagiarism by citing the research you use Cite not just quotes, but ideas as well Oops I plagiarized! From UCLA Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It from Indiana Univeristy
  • Library Tour     First Floor Reference librarians and books Computers, printers, photocopiers, add-money Circulation desk and Starbucks  Lower Level  Current periodicals/ microfilm, videos, maps  2nd 3rd 4th and 5th floors  Study areas Books 
  • Feel like this and want help? Cathy Outten (Biology) Cathy.Outten@csulb.edu Khue Duong (Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Enviro Sci. Math) Khue.Duong@csulb.edu Hema Ramachandran (Engineering) Hema.Ramachandran@csulb.edu