The Internet has lots of great information, but not all websites are appropriate for college and university assignments.
Why? There are no controls on the Internet Anyone can create a website and say whatever they want. Too much information! It’s hard to sort through it all to find what you need. You need to know you have reliable information for college & university assignments.
This is where the Library comes in… The Library provides many reliable information sources, and can help you find what you need for your assignments!
See us at the Information Desk if you need any assistance in the Library! 474-3450 ext. 4221 firstname.lastname@example.org
“Okay, how do I find information in the Library?”
Understand your assignment! Read it over carefully. What is it you are expected to do? If something isn’t clear to you, ask your instructor. First step...
Choose a Topic Pick something you’re interested in. Make your topic specific. Do some background reading to get familiar with your topic. Look up terms you don’t understand.
Background Reading Reference books (encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.) Your course textbook Check the Catalogue for other books related to your topic
The Library website is where you begin. www.eclibrary.ca
To findreference books you can use online... Go to www.eclibrary.caand chooseE-Resources.
Read the descriptions to help you choose which reference source to use.
Next decide…what kinds of information you need. Books? Journal articles? Newspapers? Statistics & data? Maps? Government documents? Websites?
The kind of information you need depends onthe type of assignment you have to do. Are you writing an essay or research paper? Do you need facts or opinion? Do you need current or historical information? Are you looking at different viewpoints about an issue?
Note the Call Number and Locationto help you find the item.
Call Numbers… ...act as an item’saddress on the shelves. ...are a combination ofletters and numbers. ... are read line by line. QC 981.8 .C5 F446 2006
If the item is anE-Book, click on the http link.
Finding Articles… Articles are great when you want: Information on a specific topic Up-to-date information on current events, new products, trends, or the latest research on a topic Different viewpoints on an issue
To find articles on any topic… You search online, through the Library website www.eclibrary.ca
The Library subscribes to many databases which provide you access to thousands of online magazines, journals, newspapers & similar publications.
Databases allow you to search several publications at once... ...so your searching is faster and more efficient than browsing one publication at a time!
Many of the Library’s articles are available in their entirety through these databases.
Some articles are available only in print or microform formats. These are kept in the Periodicals Collection at the back of the Library.
What’s the difference between a journaland amagazine?
Magazine Articles General-interest Written by reporters, feature editors Meant to entertain Wide audience Usually < 5 pages No abstracts or references Glossy, with pictures Advertisements
To Find Articles… Go to www.eclibrary.caand click on E-Resources.
Select asubject or atypeof resourceto access databases.
General databases provide articles on a variety of subjects. Other databases are subject-specific. Some general databases:
Academic Search Premier Vocational Studies Complete CBCA Reference and Current Events CPI.Q. Canadian Periodicals Canadian Newsstand Subject-specific databases: Proquest Nursing CBCA Business Historical Abstracts PsycINFO Project Muse Anatomy.tv
Designing Your Search Use single words or short phrases that best represent the main ideas of your topic. Join 2 or more search terms with “and”.
Searching for articles in Academic Search Premier…
If you get too many articles, you need to narrow your search.
Adding another search term results in fewer, more relevant results.
Clicking on a subject heading adds it to your search.
SelectingAcademic Journals will limit your results to these publications only.
To find out more about an article,hold your cursor over the article preview icon or click on the title.
To get the full article… Look for a full text link… Or click on
Off-Campus Access to E-Resources Nipissing students: Username = WebAdvisor ID Password = WebAdvisor password Canadore students: Username = student number Password = birthdate (mmddyy)
How can I find out if the Library has a certain magazine, journal or newspaper?
Go to www.eclibrary.ca and click onJournals by Title.
Journals by Title will tell you: If the Library has the publication, and the dates and formats available. Tip:Use Journals by Title to find an article when you have a citation and don’t know what database it is in.
Click on here to access the publication online GO Click on here to check the print holdings in the Catalogue GO
Evaluate the information you find… No matter where your information comes from, you need to look at it criticallyto decide if it is reliable and relevant to your assignment.
Make sure you keep track of all the sources you use for information. Write it down, save it on a USB key, email it to yourself, or print your information You will need to include all your sources in a list of references.
Need help in the Library? Please come to the Information Desk if you need any assistance in the Library! Or contact us at: 474-3450 ext. 4221 or email@example.com