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  • 1. How do I…
    …find information for my assignments?
  • 2. Why can’t I just use the Internet?
  • 3. The Internet has lots of
    great information,
    but not all websites are appropriate
    for college and university assignments.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. 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!
  • 6. See us at the Information Desk
    if you need any assistance in the Library!
    474-3450 ext. 4221
  • 7. “Okay, how do I find information in the Library?”
  • 8. 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...
  • 9. 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.
  • 10. Background Reading
    Reference books (encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.)
    Your course textbook
    Check the Catalogue for other books related to your topic
  • 11. The Library website is where you begin.
  • 12. To findreference books you can use online...
    Go to www.eclibrary.caand chooseE-Resources.
  • 13. Select Reference…
  • 14. Read the descriptions to help you choose which reference source to use.
  • 15. Next decide…what kinds of information you need.
    Journal articles?
    Statistics & data?
    Government documents?
  • 16. 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?
  • 17. Finding Books and Articles…
  • 18. Think of the main concepts of your topic.
    Sample topic:
    What are the effects of global warming on weather?
    The main concepts are:
    global warming weather
  • 19. Keywords
    Global warming and weather are
    They are what you use to search
    for books and articles.
  • 20. Finding Books…
    Go to www.eclibrary.caand chooseCatalogue.
  • 21. Search using single words or short phrasesthat represent the main idea(s) of your topic.
  • 22. You can narrow a search by adding another search term.
    Join multiple search terms with “and”.
  • 23. Click onthe title for more information.
  • 24. Note the Call Number and Locationto help you find the item.
  • 25. Call Numbers…
    ...act as an item’saddress on the shelves.
    ...are a combination ofletters and numbers.
    ... are read line by line.
  • 26. If the item is anE-Book, click on the http link.
  • 27. 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
  • 28. To find articles on any topic…
    You search online,
    through the Library website
  • 29. The Library subscribes to many
    which provide you access to
    thousands of online magazines,
    journals, newspapers & similar publications.
  • 30. Databases allow you to search several publications at once... your searching is faster and
    more efficient than browsing
    one publication at a time!
  • 31. Many of the Library’s
    articles are available
    in their entirety
    through these databases.
  • 32. Some articles are available
    only in print or microform formats.
    These are kept in the
    Periodicals Collection
    at the back of the Library.
  • 33. What’s the difference
    between a
    journaland amagazine?
  • 34. Journal Articles
  • Magazine Articles
    Written by reporters, feature editors
    Meant to entertain
    Wide audience
    Usually < 5 pages
    No abstracts or references
    Glossy, with pictures
  • 43. To Find Articles…
    Go to www.eclibrary.caand click on E-Resources.
  • 44. Select asubject or atypeof resourceto access databases.
  • 45. 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
    Project Muse
  • 46. 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”.
  • 47. Searching for articles in Academic Search Premier…
  • 48. If you get too many articles, you need to narrow your search.
  • 49. Adding another search term results in fewer, more relevant results.
  • 50. Clicking on a subject heading adds it to your search.
  • 51. SelectingAcademic Journals will limit your results to these publications only.
  • 52. To find out more about an article,hold your cursor over the article preview icon or click on the title.
  • 53. To get the full article…
    Look for a full text link…
    Or click on
  • 54. Off-Campus Access to E-Resources
    Nipissing students:
    Username = WebAdvisor ID
    Password = WebAdvisor password
    Canadore students:
    Username = student number
    Password = birthdate (mmddyy)
  • 55. How can I find out
    if the Library has a certain
    magazine, journal or newspaper?
  • 56. Go to and click onJournals by Title.
  • 57. Enter the name of the publication.
  • 58. 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.
  • 59. Click on here to access the publication online
    Click on here to check the print holdings in the Catalogue
  • 60. 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.
  • 61. Ask yourself a few questions...
    • Who is the author?
    • 62. Is the information current?
    • 63. Is the information relevant to your topic?
    • 64. Is the information intended to entertain, provide facts, promote an opinion, or try to sell you something?
    • 65. Was it written at a level appropriate for
    your topic and type of assignment?
  • 66. 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.
  • 67. 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