WOMEN IN THE ECONOMY:LIBRARY RESOURCESJennifer Thiessen, Liaison Librarian forWomen’s and Gender StudiesJuly 11, 2012
Our agenda • Finding journal articles • Choosing a database/tool • Search tips • Evaluating • Primary vs. secondary sources • Popular vs. academic • Other tools • Writing/citing • Questions? Help? Jobs for Girls and Women by Vintaga Posters
Getting started• Find a research topic (Need help? Look at course readings, browse an encyclopedia, see what’s in the news)• Find keywords in your topic • What are the effects of childbearing on labor supply?• Generate search terms • Look for subject headings/descriptors, use synonyms, read abstracts, use your own knowledge of the topic, etc.• Choose database/s• Search• Evaluate
Why use databases?
Getting to the databasesLibrary website >Databases >Women’s Studies
Limit to peer-review…
Look for subject headings to focus your search
More Search Tips• Use quotation marks for phrases • “unpaid work”; “educational leadership”• Use * to search for alternate endings • Canad* = Canada, Canadian, etc.; work* = work, works, working, etc.• Use synonyms • work, labor, labour, job, employment, etc. • childbearing, pregnancy, fertility, 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)
Other tools• Primary sources? Sarah Cowpers Diary, Volume 1, 1700-1702, Defining Gender, 1450-1910
• Use from the Library website• Why use Google Scholar? o Another “database” o Find works that cite a particular article/book o Watch: Get Better Results with Google Scholar
CRAAP Test• For evaluating books, journals, websites, etc.(i.e. Can I use this inmy paper/assignment?) http://www.csuchico.edu/lins/handouts/eval_websites.pdf
Writing and Citing• Many databases offer citation tools
More citation help:• APA Style Quick Guide (Dalhousie University)• APA Style Guide (Purdue Online Writing Lab)• Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association Catalogue record for print copy in our library.
Need help? Visit http://bit.ly/WGST2P86
For more help… •See the Library Help pages •Contact the Library Help Desk • 905-688-5550 x. 3233 or use email form •Contact your liaison librarian: • Jennifer Thiessen (phone, chat, email)