Finding Information at the Ohlone College Library

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  • Finding Information at the Ohlone College Library

    1. 1. Finding Information at the Ohlone College Libraryhttp://www2.ohlone.edu/org/library/
    2. 2. How to Begin? What kind of information?  Statistics? Brief background? In-depth?  Books?  Scholarly Journal articles vs. Magazine articles?  News articles? How much information? Think about the academic discipline in which your topic falls; topic determines the best place to find information
    3. 3. Reference Sources Encyclopedias and Dictionaries. Find them through our online catalog or online at:  Gale Virtual Reference Library  ABC-Clio Advantages:  Basic background information on your topic.  Useful to define scope, focus and narrow your topic, learn basic concepts and keywords.
    4. 4. Books To find both print and electronic books in the Ohlone College Library Go to the Library home page and click on HANS. Advantages:  Thorough, detailed, in-depth treatment of topics.  Organized and authoritative.
    5. 5. Electronic Books eBook Collection (EBSCOHost) Advantages:  Cover-to-cover content.  All academic disciplines.  Full text search capability.
    6. 6. Periodicals –Magazines, Journals, Newspapers Start at our Databases page Advantages:  Up-to-date information.  Broad coverage.  Journals provide primary source reporting of scholarly research.
    7. 7.  More in-depth look at Academic Search Premier:  Keyword.  Boolean/Phrase searching.  Limits (dates, full text, peer review, etc.)  Citation generator.  Create personal account.
    8. 8. Web Sources Use them, but keep in mind:  They are usually NOT the best sources for academic materials. Prefer books, journals.  Evaluate them for quality, accuracy, currency.  Don’t cite Wikipedia in an academic paper! Just don’t!  UC Berkeleys Finding Information on the Web -- A Tutorial
    9. 9. Citing Your Sources Avoid plagiarism Keep records while you are researching APA
    10. 10. Additional Research Resources YouTube Videos Ask a Librarian

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