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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?
    • Overview: What is the “Big Picture”
    • 3. Identify your topic and keywords
    • 4. Decide what resources you need
    • 5. Gather your resources, check credibility
    • 6. Reject any duds, refine search if needed
  • 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?
  • 7. 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.
  • 8. Make a List of Main Concepts and Additional Terms To Describe Your Topic
  • 9. 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.
  • 10. What kind of resources do you need?
    Check the Quest and Mobius Catalogs
    Check the databases
    Web Resources
    Use the links available on the library webpage
  • 11. 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.
  • 12. CMU
  • 13.
  • 14. Click here to search
    Or use the Quick Links
  • 15. Use these to find books
  • 16. Type your search terms here
  • 17. Click titles for more info and to request an item
    These are the
    search results
  • 18. Click here to request this item
  • 19. Enter search terms here
  • 20. Results are here. Click on a title for more information or to request an item.
  • 21. Click here to request an item
  • 22. Choose your Cluster
    (we are QUEST)
  • 23. Enter your name and ID number plus CMU
    Click submit. You will get an email when the book has arrived
    Choose your pickup cluster & location.You can choose any MOBIUS library
  • 24. Finding Articles
  • 25. Scroll down for databases
  • 26. Click any of these links to reach a specific databases
  • 27. Which Database?
    Discovering Collection and Credo Reference
    Reference materials like encyclopedias and dictionaries
    A good place to start!
    Academic OneFileand Academic Search Elite
    Contain scholarly journal articles
    Some content is full-text
  • 28. Subject Databases
    Infotrac Collections
    Business Source Premier
    Business & Company Resource Center
    Reference USA
    Health and Wellness Resource Center
    Education Full-text
    Science Full-text Select
    Newspapers & Magazines
    Infotrac Custom Newspapers
    General OneFile
  • 29. Click on any of these links to access the database
    Choose this option
  • 30. Enter your search terms
  • 31. These are all the results
  • 32. Narrow to scholarly resources by clicking “Academic Journals
  • 33. Use these buttons to share your results
    Use these limiters to refine your search to full-text or peer-reviewed articles
  • 34. You can also click on these
    subject terms to find more results
    Share your results, translate, or use text reader
  • 35. 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
  • 36. Click here for “Web Resources”
  • 37.
  • 38. Click any of the links
  • 39. 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
  • 40. Click here for Interlibrary Loan
  • 41. Scroll Down to the form
  • 42. Fill in all the blanks as completely as you can
    Hit Submit
  • 43. 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!
  • 44. Contact Information
    Cynthia Dudenhoffer
    Smiley Library