M.Ed. Orientation Library Session: Introduction to Library Research In Education (Sept. 2013)

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  • 1. LIBRARY RESEARCH IN EDUCATION Jennifer Thiessen Liaison Librarian, Education James A. Gibson Library September 2013
  • 2. The James A. Gibson Library Schmon Tower Floors 2, 5-10 Or anywhere… PatioLSE002 by JISC
  • 3. Goals for today’s session • Services (a very brief look) • MY LIBRARY ACCOUNT • RACER (Interlibrary Loan) • Study Space • RefWorks/Citation management • Getting started with Library Research • Finding books and ebooks • Finding journal articles • Where to find more…
  • 4. What library services do you want to know about?
  • 5. My Library Account • See items you have signed out • Renew • Place holds • See if you have any fines • log in to library databases from off campus
  • 6. Photocopying Services • Photocopy cards • Colour and transparency copying • Posters, photos, banners and other large format prints (5th Floor)
  • 7. RACER (http://brocku.ca/library/ill) • Interlibrary loan system • Submit requests online for articles, books, book chapters that Brock does not have • Books: pick them up and return them at our Circulation Desk • Articles/book chapters: Get link to online copy emailed to you (link expires after 5 views or 21 days)
  • 8. Study spaces on library floors • Floors 8, 9 and 10: SILENT STUDY • One-person study rooms; first come, first serve • Floors 5 and 7: low level talking • Graduate Study room • Floor 6 • Swipe card access • Study carrels, bookable meeting room, lockers
  • 9. Citation management •Save references to books and articles from catalogue and databases. •Automatically create bibliographies or works cited pages in APA style format.
  • 10. database reference(s) * optional * produce bibliography bibliographic management software export The concept:
  • 11. How do you feel about library research?
  • 12. Library Research in Education • Books • Journals • Research Guide Hint: Start with the Research tab.
  • 13. • Use the Catalogue to find books (both print and e-books) • Use the Databases to find journal articles • Use SuperSearch to search it all 3/365 Research Aspirations by catspyjamasnz
  • 14. Catalogue Practice • Go to the Library Catalogue. Do a keyword search on narrative inquiry. Now do a keyword search on “narrative inquiry.” Why is there a difference in results? • Do the same search in Super Search • What changes?
  • 15. Click on Education to see a list of databases for that subject area. Click on Research, then Databases.
  • 16. Finding Journal articles • Use library databases • Try Google Scholar For finding info about research methodology
  • 17. • Looks for full text in other locations (Does not guarantee full text).
  • 18. • Use Google Scholar from the Quick Search toolbar OR set up Library Links in Settings • Why use Google Scholar? • Another database • Find works that cite a particular article/book • See who the important authors/researchers are • Watch: Get Better Results with Google Scholar
  • 19. Database Practice • Find the Education databases. • Select Education Research Complete. • Search “international students.” How are the results arranged? How can you limit your results to peer reviewed journal articles?
  • 20. More Search Tips • Use quotation marks for phrases • “grounded theory”; “educational leadership” • Use * to search for alternate endings • Canad* = Canada, Canadian, etc.; reflect* = reflect, reflection, reflective, etc. • Use synonyms • Teenager, adolescent, adolescence, teens, etc. • Too many results? • Use limits (peer-reviewed, date, language, etc.) • Add additional keywords; get more specific • Too few results? • Remove one or more keywords • Go broader (e.g. search Canada instead of Ontario)
  • 21. Your Research Guide • Review of what we’ve covered today and more
  • 22. 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:  jthiessen@brocku.ca