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A basic library services tutorial for distance learners at Central Methodist University.

A basic library services tutorial for distance learners at Central Methodist University.

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  • 1. Accessing Information Resources at Central Methodist University A guide for distance learners
  • 2. What do I need to do to find Quality Information? o Overview: What is the “Big Picture” o Identify your topic and keywords o Decide what resources you need o Gather your resources, check credibility o Reject any duds, refine search if needed
  • 3. Overview: The Big Picture  What kind of paper are you writing? – Case study, compare/contrast, lit review, position  How many resources do you need?  What kind of sources can you use? – Print, web, articles, scholarly, etc.  What is your timeframe for writing the paper?
  • 4. Identify Topics and Keywords  Write down your topic  Identify the main concepts  Write down synonyms for your search terms – Example: You want to write about how juvenile offenders are punished.
  • 5. Make a List of Main Concepts and Additional Terms To Describe Your Topic Topic Chart Concept 1 Concept 2 Concept 3 Juveniles OR AND Offenders AND Law Adolescents OR OR OR Criminals Punishment Teenagers
  • 6. Boolean Connectors The Or Connector Tells The Computer To Retrieve Items With Either • Term. Example: Gets articles with (teenagers or juveniles or adolescents) The And Connector Tells The Computer To Retrieve Items With Both Terms. Example: Gets articles with both law and punishment.
  • 7. What kind of resources do you need?  Books – Check the Quest and Mobius Catalogs  Articles – Check the databases  Web Resources – Use the links available on the library webpage
  • 8. Finding Books  The library has two catalogs for books on its web page – QUEST: This smaller catalog is for our cluster and contains items from CMU, UCM, MO Valley, and SFCC – MOBIUS: This larger catalog contains items from libraries all over the state  Both catalogs are linked off the “Catalogs and Databases” web page.
  • 9. CMU webpage Library link
  • 10. Click here to Or use search the Quick Links
  • 11. Use these to find books
  • 12. Type your search terms here
  • 13. These are the search results
  • 14. Enter search terms here
  • 15. Click here to request an item
  • 16. Choose your Cluster (we are QUEST)
  • 17. Enter your name and ID number plus CMU Choose your pickup cluster & location.You can choose any MOBIUS library Click submit. You will get an email when the book has arrived
  • 18. Finding Articles  Databases are services the library subscribes to, in order to provide access to quality information  They are not the same as web pages or web resources  The biggest general database we have is Academic Search Premier, under EBSCOhost
  • 19. Scroll down for databases
  • 20. Click any of these links to reach a specific databases
  • 21. Choose this option Click on any of these links to access the database
  • 22. Choose the database(s) you want to use and hit continue
  • 23. Enter your search terms Or choose “advanced search”
  • 24. Advanced search lets you choose more terms and options
  • 25. You can also limit your search to “full-text” or to scholarly journals
  • 26. These are all the results
  • 27. Narrow to scholarly resources by clicking “Academic Journals
  • 28. The yellow column contains related subjects. Click to add them to your search
  • 29. If you click on a result, it will look like this. Some articles are full- text. Click the link to see the whole article
  • 30. You can also click on these subject terms to find more results
  • 31. Stuck? Click here to ask a question
  • 32. Your can also use the visual search to browse for items similar to your topic
  • 33. Finding Web Resources  Go to the Library Webpage  Click on “Web Resources” – The links included are safe to use for research papers – They are organized by subject area  If you find results using Google, evaluate the web site carefully
  • 34. Click here for “Web Resources”
  • 35. Click any of the links
  • 36. Interlibrary Loan  If you find a citation for a book or article and its not in MOBIUS, QUEST, or full-text in the databases, you can request it through our Interlibrary Loan form  Interlibrary Loan searches libraries all over the world to get the materials you need.  Just click on the “Interlibrary Loan” web page
  • 37. Click here for Interlibrary Loan
  • 38. Scroll Down to the form
  • 39. Fill in all the blanks as completely as you can Hit Submit
  • 40. In conclusion  Identify your search topic and terms  Look in the QUEST and MOBIUS Catalogs for books  Look in the databases for articles  Can’t get it? Interlibrary Loan  Questions or Problems? Ask Us!
  • 41. Contact Information  Cynthia Dudenhoffer – cmdudenh@centralmethodist.edu – 660-248-6292  Smiley Library – library@centralmethodist.edu – 660-248-6271  Webpage – http://www.centralmethodist.edu/cmlibrary/index.html

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