An Adventure in Research Using Beaman Library Services and Resources Spring 2010
Beaman Library is your starting point for research Research materials at your fingertips! Computers for your convenience! Study Rooms available to study by yourself or for a group to gather! Our Library Staff is here for you!
Your Beaman Library Homepage Access the library catalog & our electronic databases from any computer Ask a Reference Question??? Links you with a librarian for all of your questions Find out information about the library or read the latest library newsletter
The Research Process The research process requires a knowledge of The locations of information resources How information resources are organized The toolsneeded for accessing information regardless of its format The criteria for evaluating information retrieved
Information Resources in Beaman Library - Organization
Library of Congress Classification System (LB 2806 .R38)
Designators (Ref, Oversize, Buffington…)
Local Collections(Special Collections, Restoration Collection…)
Books! Reference Books: -use in library only General Collection: -check out for 4 weeks eBooks: -access and read online -create account at netlibrary.com
To find a Book… Use… The online catalog Author Search Title Search Subject Search Keyword Search http://library.lipscomb.edu
Articles! Scholarly journals -aka “refereed”, “peer-reviewed”, “academic” -articles reviewed and accepted by experts in the field Magazines, popular and trade journals -Booklist, Southern Living, GQ Newspapers -The Tennessean, Wall Street Journal
To find an Article…Searching Search in a print index Use one of the databases from the library’s “Electronic Resources” page --On- and off-campus access Don’t look for articles in the Catalog!
Periodical Indexes- Location Periodical indexes are located on the main floor, east wing of Beaman Library.
Periodical Indexes In Print - Subject and general: access tools Provides citations to articles in magazines, journals, and newspapers Remember: citations only - no full-text Examples of subject indexes General Science Index Social Sciences Index Education Index Example of general index Readers Guide to Periodical Literature
Periodical Index Citations – Subject examples Social Sciences Index Soc Forces = Social Forces
To find an Article…Searching Search in a print index Use one of the databases from the library’s “Electronic Resources”page --On- and off-campus access Don’t look for articles in the Catalog!
To find an Article…Sorting Citation: gives you the information you need to track down the work Abstract: summary of article + citation Full Text: complete text of article + citation
To find an Article…Locating Found sources in a print index or database? Now, how do you find them?
Locating article…pt. 1 If the source located was cited in a database… Check to see if full-text is available
Locating article…pt. 2 If the source located was cited in a print index or full-text was not available in a database… Check the journal title in the Catalog by doing a Title Search to see if Beaman has the journal in print
Locating articles…pt. 3 If the source is not available in print in Beaman Library or full-text via database… Check other local libraries (in WorldCat or Athena) to see if they have the journal in print Request the article through Interlibrary Loan (Allow 2 weeks)
Periodicals - Location Current (2010)magazines and journals are arranged alphabetically on open shelves for easy browsing.
Periodicals - Location Bound periodicals are arranged alphabetically and chronologically.
Periodicals - Location Some periodicals are kept on microfilm or microfiche.
Electronic/ Online Resources: Types General Subject specific Government Military Commercial Education
Databases Also try… Business Source Premier LexisNexis Medline Natural Standard
Databases Citations and abstracts peer reviewed journals –1806 to the present chapters from books – dissertations 27 languages and Full-text 60 peer-reviewed APA journals from 1894 to the present book chapters from 2000–2002 English language
Government Databases Library of Congress National Institute of Mental Health National Library of Medicine
Government Databases MedlinePlus ERIC
Psychology Databases American Psychological Association
Psychology Databases Social Psychology Network Mental Help Net
Search engines http://infomine.ucr.edu/ … a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. electronic journals electronic books bulletin boards databases articles
from monographs [books]
Evaluating books A recognized author Timely content Documentation Physical appearance
Evaluating Journal Articles Scholarly Journal Characteristics Written for scholars or researchers in a specialized field (medicine, psychology, education)
Evaluating Journal Articles Scholarly Journal Characteristics found in specialized (subject) indexes [Social Sciences Index] usually published quarterly or monthly mostly print graphs and/or tables few or no ads
Evaluating Journal Articles Scholarly Journal Characteristics cites research includes notes and/or bibliography passes review by panel of experts peer reviewed refereed
Databases Academic .edu Government .gov Specialized/commercial .com/.org/.net
Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s Who says it?
Author or sponsor
Credentials of responsible party
Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s What does it claim, assert, etc.?
Purpose of web site
Biased, objective, fair
Correct grammar, spelling, etc.
Example: Silent Killer
Example: Scout Report
Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s When was it said? Publication date Revisions Links up-to-date Example: Oncolink
Interlibrary Loan Question: What do I do if a resource I need is not available in the Beaman Library? Answer: Use the Interlibrary loan service provided by Beaman Library
Interlibrary Loan Facts about Interlibrary Loan: Interlibrary Loan is a service provided by Beaman Library to obtain materials NOT owned by Beaman Library. The conditions of this service are set by the National Interlibrary Loan Code. The loan period is determined by the lending library. Athena is an area consortium of local libraries who loan and borrow from one another without charge. Applications are available at the Reference desk or onlinein Catacomb. Access form online: http://library.lipscomb.edu
Citations Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association APA Style.org Citation Styles
Review: The Power of Five What does scholarly research require? A knowledge of 1. The locationsof information resources 2.Organization of information resources 3. The access tools needed for obtaining information regardless of its format 4. The criteria for evaluating information located 5. The rules of scholarly research (proper citing/respect for copyright)
Your mission... Come up with a suitable topic (not too broad, not too narrow) Be able to find resources in all formats (books, articles, websites, etc.) Incorporate & cite these sources correctly (be careful not to plagiarize!) Remember: librarians are here to help you with your mission!