Women, Gender, and Violence: Library Skills and SourcesJennifer Thiessen, Librarian, Women’s and Gender Studies, January 2013• Finding books, including background info• Finding articles • choosing a database, searching effectively, Google Scholar• Finding more (bibliographies)• Evaluating/writing/citing
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 Generate search terms Look for subject headings/descriptors, use synonyms, read abstracts, use your own knowledge of the topic, etc. Choose database/s and other search tools Search Evaluate
Why books? Broader in scope Great for getting an overview; finding background info (i.e. what research has been done on sports and domestic violence?) Can lead you to more detailed resources Use reference lists/bibliographies at the end of chapters/book to find more
Getting to the databasesLibrary website>research> databases>Women’s Studies
Search tips Use quotation marks for phrase searching “female circumcision” “sex worker” Think of synonyms Violence, abuse, assault Use truncation Prostit* will find prostitute, prostitutes, prostitution Limit search to peer-reviewed articles
Anderson, M.A., Gillig, P.M., Sitaker, M., McCloskey, K., Malloy, K., Grigsby, N., 2003. ‘‘Why Doesn’t She Just Leave?’’ A descriptive study of victim reported impediments to her safety. Journal of family violence 18 (3), 151–155. Search for JOURNAL TITLE in Library Catalogue (best way) Or try part of the citation in SuperSearch or Google Scholar
Is what you find any good? Evaluating what you find: Is it current? (does that matter?) Is it accurate? Is the methodology clear? Is it peer-reviewed? For websites: who authored it? when? Is it credible? Can you use some of it anyway? I.e. Wikipedia: use it to find other sources More at http://bit.ly/Brock3v99
Writing and Citing Many databases offer quick citation tools More citation help: http://researchguides.library.brocku.ca/styleguides
Help? Visit the research guide: http://bit.ly/brock3v99 Contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org
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