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CM121 Basic Library Info Part 2

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This is part 2 of the 2 part series about the Globe Education Network Library: http://www.globeeducationnetwork.com/library/

This is part 2 of the 2 part series about the Globe Education Network Library: http://www.globeeducationnetwork.com/library/

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  • 1. Introduction to Library Research Part 2 : The Globe Education Network (GEN) Online Library and Evaluating Sources Welcome! The session will begin 8/11/09 at 9 a.m. Elaine Settergren, [email_address] April 2009 – Elaine Settergren
  • 2. Today’s Library Lessons
    • GEN Online Library
      • Databases and E-journals
        • Academic Search Premier [EBSCO]
        • Academic OneFile [Gale]
        • ProQuest Newsstand
        • 360 Search
        • E-Journal Portal
      • E-books
      • Recommended websites
    • Evaluating Sources
      • Types of sources
        • Academic vs. trade vs. popular
      • Websites
  • 3. Where to look?
    • Like Shopping
    • Choose your source based on what you’re looking for
  • 4. GEN Online Library
    • http://www.globeeducationnetwork.com/library/
    • The online library contains:
    • Over 39,000 journals online, spanning ≈30 years in 84 databases.
    • Over 7,500 e-books .
    • Recommended web sites .
    • Online help
    • And more – explore the site!
  • 5. Databases
    • What are library databases?
  • 6. Databases
    • What are library databases?
    • 1) A private collection of e-"stuff” 2) A specific search engine for finding
    • and getting the "stuff"
  • 7. Databases
    • Private?
      • proprietary
      • Not for “free” on the internet (Google, MSN, etc.)
    • Example:
    • Consumer Reports website
      • Must buy a subscription
    • Library databases such as EBSCO Academic Search Premier
      • e-versions of Consumer Reports
      • full-color reviews, charts and buying guides
      • Free (for you – library pays!) 
  • 8. Databases
    • The library pays so that you don’t have to!
    • But that’s why you must:
      • 1) Go to the library website
      • 2) Log in
      • Password: firstname.lastname
      • Username: last 4 digits of your SS#
  • 9. Databases
    • “ Stuff”?
    • Professional sources
      • E-journals, articles , newspaper stories etc.
      • Professional reports
      • E-books and e-book excerpts
      • laws and legal docs, business intelligence, financial data, images
      • general documents
      • Databases have professional sources that include: articles from journals, reports, trade publications and news
  • 10. Let’s Tour the Databases
    • EBSCO, Gale, and ProQuest
    • 360 Search
    • E-journal portal
  • 11. Academic Search Premier [EBSCO]
    • Interdisciplinary
    • Many Scholarly
    • Many Full text
  • 12. Academic OneFile [Gale]
    • Interdisciplinary
    • Many Scholarly
    • Many Full text
  • 13. ProQuest Newsstand
    • News: local, national, international
    • Current events and editorials
  • 14. First let’s explore:
    • 360 Search
    • Search many databases at once!
    • Great for:
      • Searching by topic (“research by topic” guides)
      • Finding an article, if you already know the title.
  • 15. E-Journal Portal
    • When you know the journal you want, find it fast!
  • 16. E-Books
    • Find them in the GU/MSB catalog, some databases, and Books 24x7
    • Search the Online Catalog for library e-books
      • Follow catalog link on library homepage
      • Search
      • Narrow to “electronic”
      • Follow the “online access” link in the catalog record
      • See the e-book guide here:
      • http://www.globeeducationnetwork.com/library/research-guides/guides-to-resources/e-books-guide/
      • for details
  • 17. Books24x7
    • Not part of the GEN Library, but is part of GEN Online.
    • Business and IT topics only (so far)
    • Access through SkillSoft
    • Our help page for Books24x7 can be found here:
    • http://www.globeeducationnetwork.com/library/research-guides/guides-to-resources/e-books-guide/books-24x7-help/
  • 18. Web sources
    • Research by Topic
    • By program/gen ed
    • Selected by GEN Librarians
  • 19. Help!
    • General Research Guides
    • Research by Topic Guides
    • Ask the librarian. I’m happy to help!
  • 20. APA Citation Tips
    • In-Text
      • Author’s name
      • Date of publication
      • Page # (sometimes)
      • This will lead the reader to the References at the back of your paper .
    • References
      • Name
      • Date
      • Article Title
      • Journal Title
      • Journal Volume #
      • Page #s
      • Date you accessed it
      • Database
      • This will lead the reader to the source.
  • 21. Additional Tips
    • If you already have a citation, you’ll know where to look!
    • Cheney, C. L. (2005). Brothers gonna work it out: Sexual
    • politics in the golden age of rap nationalism . New
    • York: New York University Press. Retrieved from NetLibrary.
    • Garrity, B., & Concepcion, M. (2007, May). A Hip-Hop
      • History Lesson . Billboard . 119(18), p. 8. Retrieved from EBSCO MegaFILE database.
  • 22. Evaluating Sources What does it matter where I find it, as long as I get the information? Remember the shopping analogy? There are also quality issues.
  • 23. The Secrets of Sources
    • Credible sources make your argument stronger
      • Your teachers are watching!
      • Your bosses will be watching !
  • 24. Types of Sources
    • Scholarly /Peer Reviewed/Academic materials
      • vs.
    • Trade /Professional Publications
      • vs.
    • Popular Sources
    Spectrum of credibility Not everything fits neatly into a category There are also other categories: consider Newspapers for instance
  • 25. Scholarly/ Peer-Reviewed/Academic
    • Characteristics :
    • Scholarly communication
    • Research findings
    • Always cites sources
    • Few illustrations
  • 26. Trade/Professional
    • Characteristics :
    • For workers in a specific field
      • Written by professionals for professionals
    • Purpose: keep reader’s updated
    • “ how to”
    • Usually numerous illustrations
  • 27. Popular
    • Characteristics :
    • Readers = general public
    • Written by journalists/editors to inform or entertain
    • Rarely cites sources
    • Many illustrations and ads – “glossy”
  • 28. What do you think?
    • Family Practice Management
    • New England Journal of Medicine
    • Health
  • 29. How to evaluate a website?
  • 30. Finding Respectable Websites
    • Who is backing/endorsing/publishing/writing the information?
    • Why?
      • Selling stuff? Joke? To inform? To entertain?
      • Fair? Balanced? Objective?
    • How does it compare ?
    • Can you trust the information? How?
      • Does the website cite its sources?
      • Explain its research? Anything?
  • 31. Website Evaluation
    • Compare
      • Check the info against something else
    • Corroborate
      • Check enough sources to get the whole story
      • Confirm, verify
    • Context
      • Does the context of the website affect the information?
  • 32. Where to look?
    • For news about the recent outbreaks of swine flu.
    • For research about the effects of second hand smoke
    • For historical information about earthquakes in California
    • For opinions about health care reform in the U.S.
  • 33. In conclusion…
    • Exploratory research = Explore!
    • Focused research = “ shop ” and trial & error
      • What sort of info do you want?
        • Overview? In-depth? Statistics?
        • Scholarly? Popular? Trade?
        • Book? Article? Recent? Historical?
      • What type of searching? What keywords/subjects?
      • Where will you look?
        • Databases? Which one?
        • Library catalog for books?
        • Websites? Which search engine?
      • Not successful? Ask a librarian or try a new strategy.
  • 34. Questions? Comments? Contact the Online Librarian : Elaine Settergren [email_address] http://www.globeeducationnetwork.com/library/