http://www.csmd.edu/Library/This presentation to students in English 1010 will touch upon ACRL standards and then focus on a particular ajdb to show tools for retrieving online information and understanding the user interface of the database.This presentation represents aspects of the ACRL competencies for researching at the first year undergraduate level.Objectives: 1. Retrieve academic journal information online 2. Refine Search Strategy 3. Extract, record and manage the information and its sources.Gives perspective of specific direct instructions for this piece of the project which is a part of big map or big picture for total research paper project.Remember to choose On campus or OFF campus loginHave your student ID# Ready for login:0407132
This slide is a review: FIRST – Remember that Good Research begins with a good question. Don’t know one? Pick a subject you are interested in and visit the Academic Encyclopedia to get subject headings, issues and keywords. Refresher before we visit academic journal databasesTo research a topic begin by identifying broad subject area of interest. First Stop: Choose an appropriate subject encyclopedia, look up in dictionary to get an understanding of the topic, its facets and its “aboutness”. What is interesting to you? How can you make that into a research topic question?One example:? Big Topic – Burnout in the Workplace then narrow focus: preventing burnout Research question chosen: “ How can today’s office worker best resist burnout in the workplace”?. Pg. Research Strategies, Badke, William B. Research Strategies. Finding your Way through the Information FogFrom there start brainstorming several related keywords. Then choose a database and begin searching. Expand or refine your topic as necessary to develop a Research Topic. Cite from specific academic journal articles that support or further inform your research topic.
http://youtu.be/sGjGMkVJX4kSo now that you have a big map or big picture view, lets get a more narrow focus on the use of Academic Journal index databases
Why are academic journals such a direct route?You know what you are getting and what you are not by database and journal description – how far back does this go? How long has this journal been in publication? Who publishes this? Is that going to be on my topic?EfficientPeer reviewedIndexedCan allow cross disciplineMultiple ways to access information facets : location, author/creator/time/ other topic specific descriptors and controlled vocabularyTools: Boolean Search, Truncation, thesaurus or controlled vocabularyResults show you how to find more results (pearl growing)Result sets are more relevanthttp://www.flickr.com/photos/lpicco1/4080000161/Photo copyrighted by Laura Piccolo
How can I find what I don’t know about? Choose topic subject headings and keywords that match your research question.Combine headings or keywords to yield more precise resultsChoose the right database for your topic – read through descriptions of journals includedOr search for a specific journal title if you know it alreadyBecome very familiar with the database user interface optionsLook at advanced search optionsLook at subject terms, thesauri, vocabulary facetsHow can you narrow this search?How can broaden this search?How can you start over?Practice PracticePractice – it will become much easierFinding it is an iterative Process
Why should we look at this one? Is it a keeper or a keep on?.. Is one of the largest scholarly, multi-disciplinary full text databases. It indexes over 8,000 academic journals, with full texts of 4,600 of them keyword searchable. Indexing extends…as far back as 1965. Online description of this file says it offers “information in nearly every area of academic study including: social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies and many more.” Mann, Thomas. The Oxford Guide to Library Research: How to Find Reliable Information Online and Offline. Third Edition. P 110-111. Ask – what makes this a great resource for our use?
Example: Eisenberg and Berkowitz (1990) provided school library media specialists, students, and classroom teachers with a model that could be used in a variety of settings for a variety of activities. Big6 (Eisenberg and Berkowitz 1990) is a six-step process that provides support in the activities required to solve information-based problems: task definition, information seeking strategies, location and access, use of information, synthesis, and evaluation http://www.ala.org/aasl/aaslpubsandjournals/slmrb/slmrcontents/volume62003/bigsixinformation
http://youtu.be/sGjGMkVJX4kRemember this is an iterative, repetitive process. You will get to know your database features and you will use them to dial up or dial down result sets. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Keep track of landmarks and landmines as you go!
Use Database features and index facetsto tailor and refine search strategiesIt takes practice!!!! Keep your topic in mind and visualize the kinds of results that you are looking for – example:academic journal articles peer reviewed, full text
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Remember – get help from librarians or help section in database when you need it.Be sure you have selected the best academic journal database for your subject headings / topics.Cite your sources in the style your instructor has asked for using citation tools (Use It).
Using csm academic journals
Research RoadmapYou are Here Elizabeth F. McLean October 10 2012
Broad Topic =“Burnout In ID Keywords, Workplace” Issues , Subject Headings Narrow focus=“Preven ting burnout”Research Question = “How can today’soffice worker best resist burnout in the workplace?” http://www.csmd.edu/Library/ 2
• Concepts Get It • Analyze/Organize• Subject Headings • Narrow or • Synthesize• Keywords broaden using db • Cite interface Find It Use It http://www.csmd.edu/Library/ 3