Introduction to LibraryResources and Services Jennifer Thiessen Liaison Librarian, Education James A. Gibson Library July 2012
The James A. Gibson library Schmon Tower floors 2, 5-10
IRC• The IRC (Instructional Resource Centre) – K-12 curriculum material – Emphasis on teaching• The James A. Gibson Library – Material on the theory, philosophy, history and practice of education (mostly on 8th floor) – For your papers and projects for your Education classes – Emphasis on research
Goals for today’s session Part I: Library Services My Library Account Laptop loans Photocopying services RACER Study space RefWorks Part II: Library Resources Catalogue Databases Your Research Guide
My Library AccountMy Library Account allows library users to see a list of items they have signed out renew and place holds on items view details of outstanding library fines log in to library databases from off campus
Setting up My Library Account• Library website > • Log in with your Brock• My Library Account username and password
Laptops The Library currently has 40 laptops available for 4 hour loans from the Circulation Desk. All laptops have Office software on them. Laptops can be taken out of the Library.
Photocopying Services• Photocopy cards• Colour and transparency copying• Posters, photos, banners and other large format prints (5th Floor)
RACERRACER is the Ontario interlibrary loan system.Borrow books through RACER (pick them up and return them at our Circulation Desk)Get photocopies of journal articles (yours to keep)
Study spaces on library floors• The upper floors of the Library (8-10) are designated quiet zones.• The mid-level floors (5-7) are designated low level talking.• Graduate Study room (6th floor): study carrels, meeting room
RefWorksRefWorks is software that allows you to: Save references to books and articles from our catalogue and our databases. Automatically create bibliographies or works cited pages in APA style format.
The concept: exportdatabase bibliographic reference(s) management software * optional * produce bibliography
Part II: Library Resources in Education• Books• Journals• Research Guide Hint: Start with the Research tab.
3/365 Research Aspirations by catspyjamasnz• Use the Catalogue to find books (both print and e-books)• Use the Databases to find journal articles.
Catalogue Practice• Go to the Library Catalogue. Do a keyword search on international students. Now do a keyword search on “international students.” Why is there a difference in results?• Stay in the Library Catalogue. Do a keyword search on globalization. Now do a subject search on globalization. Why are the results different?
Click on Research, then Databases. Click on Education tosee a list of databases for that subject area.
Finding Journalarticles•Use databases
• Looks for full text in other locations (Does not guarantee full text).
Database Practice• Find the Education databases.• Open up Education Research Complete.• Do a search on “international students.” How are the results arranged? How can you limit your results to peer reviewed journal articles?
Your Research Guide• Where to start if you have forgotten everything I have just said.
Summary Information about library services for graduate students can be found here: http://www.brocku.ca/library/services-lib/grad-students The most important services you should know about are: My Library Account RACER RefWorks Library Resources: Library catalogue – books Library databases – journal articles Research Guide Contact me if you need help: firstname.lastname@example.org