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  • An Adventure in Research Using Beaman Library Services and Resources Spring 2009
  • 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!
  • Catacomb—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 tools needed 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…)
  • Information Resources in Beaman Library – access tools
      • Books
      • Articles (print & electronic)
      • -Scholarly journal articles
      • -Popular magazine articles
      • -Newspaper articles
      • Websites
  • Books!
    • Reference Books:
    • -use in library only
    • General Collection:
    • -check out for 3 weeks
    • eBooks:
    • -access and read online
  • To find a Book…
    • Use CATACOMB…
    • The online catalog
    • Author Search
    • Title Search
    • Subject Search
    • Keyword Search
    • http://
  • 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 “Search Other Databases” page
    • --On- and off-campus access
    • Don’t look for articles in CATACOMB!
  • 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 CATACOMB 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)
  • Websites!
    • Government
    • Military
    • Commercial
    • Education
  • To find a Website…Search Engines
    • Vast quantities of information
      • Over 2 billion websites and growing daily
    • You find it all…the good, the bad and the ugly…you must EVALUATE!
    • Refine your search whenever possible
      • Use relevant search terms
      • Use phrases when possible
      • Use quotation marks
      • Try Boolean searches (and, or, not, +, -)
  • To find a Website…via CATACOMB
    • Approximately 150 links to databases and web sites are cataloged in Catacomb.
    • http://
  • Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s
    • Who says it?
      • Author or sponsor?
      • Credentials of responsible party?
        • “ Google” the author or sponsor for more information
      • Is there a way to determine the origin?
        • Look at the header or footer
        • Look at the URL
        • Look at the domain
      • Example: Wikipedia
  • Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s
    • What does it claim, assert, etc.?
      • Purpose of web site
        • Informational?
        • Are they trying to sell something?
      • Biased, objective, fair
        • Is there a political or business agenda?
      • Factual…in depth
      • Correct grammar, spelling, etc.
      • Example: DHMO
      • Example: Greenpeace
  • Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s
    • When was it said?
      • Publication date
      • Revisions
      • Links up-to-date
      • Example: Oncolink
  • Review: The Power of Five
    • What does scholarly research require?
    • A knowledge of
      • 1. The locations of 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)
  • SAIL… through Research
    • S earch – indexes/databases (evaluate)
    • A nalyze – compare, contrast; separate fact from opinion
    • I nventory – Do I have enough, too
    • much, too little?
    • L earn – new information and new
    • information skills