LIBRARY RESEARCH IN
Liaison Librarian, Education
James A. Gibson Library
The James A. Gibson
Floors 2, 5-10
PatioLSE002 by JISC
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…
What library services do you want to
My Library Account
• See items you have signed out
• Place holds
• See if you have any fines
• log in to library databases
from off campus
• Photocopy cards
• Colour and transparency copying
• Posters, photos, banners and other large format prints
• 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
• Articles/book chapters: Get link to online copy emailed to
you (link expires after 5 views or 21 days)
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
•Save references to books and articles from catalogue
•Automatically create bibliographies or works cited pages
in APA style format.
* optional *
Library Research in Education
• Research Guide
Hint: Start with the Research tab.
• Use the Catalogue to find books (both print and e-books)
• Use the Databases to find journal articles
• Use SuperSearch to search it all
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• 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?
Click on Education to
see a list of databases
for that subject area.
Click on Research,
• Use library databases
• Try Google Scholar
For finding info
• Looks for full text in other locations (Does not guarantee
• Use Google Scholar from
the Quick Search toolbar
OR set up Library Links in
• Why use Google
• Another database
• Find works that cite a
• See who the important
• Watch: Get Better Results
with Google Scholar
• 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?
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)
Your Research Guide
• Review of what we’ve covered today and more
Information about library services for graduate students can be found
The most important services you should know about are:
My Library Account
Library catalogue – books
Library databases – journal articles
Contact me if you need help: