Women and the Economy: Library Resources

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Women and the Economy: Library Resources

  1. 1. WOMEN IN THE ECONOMY: LIBRARY RESOURCES Jennifer Thiessen, Liaison Librarian for Women’s and Gender Studies
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. Why use databases?
  5. 5. Getting to the databases Library website > Databases > Women’s Studies
  6. 6. Limit to peer-review…
  7. 7. Or not.
  8. 8. Look for subject headings to focus your search
  9. 9. 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)
  10. 10. Other tools • Primary sources • First-hand accounts Sarah Cowper's Diary, Volume 1, 1700-1702, Defining Gender, 1450-1910
  11. 11. Other tools… • Primary sources • Data • Statistics • http://researchguides.library.brocku.ca/data
  12. 12. • 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
  13. 13. CRAAP Test http://www.csuchico.edu/lins/handouts/eval_websites.pdf • For evaluating books, journals, websites, etc. (i.e. Can I use this in my paper/assignment?)
  14. 14. Writing and Citing • Many databases offer citation tools
  15. 15. 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.
  16. 16. Need help? http://bit.ly/womenintheeconomy
  17. 17. 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)

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