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Instructor: Mike Phillips

Instructor: Mike Phillips
October 8th, 2013



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  • The Research Process By: Leigh Jackson ITCT, October 2013 Instructor: Mike Phillips Library Resource Centre (LRC) How to find journals, e-books, videos and more. Library
  • Agenda • The research process - Forming a research question • Sources of Information • Library Resources - Research Guides - Library Catalogues (New and Classic) - Databases • Citing Class Survey Link: Please take a minute to share your feedback about this presentation – Thanks! http://www.surveymonkey. com/s/V8B9886
  • Online Access A Library PIN number is needed for: • Remote access to online resources (off-campus) • Managing your library account (place holds, renew items) New and returning students can stop by the LRC with an updated student card to obtain their pins.
  • lrc Defining your topic For ideas or background information on your topic consult: • Encyclopedias and dictionaries i.e. Access Science, Oxford Reference - Brief overview of topic (link to related readings/ key authors) • Association websites - Current trends and issues, career information • Journals - Topics, trends and emerging fields of research • Library research guides - Developed by subject specialists - Feature recommended resources for your area of study
  • Periodicals Criteria Popular Magazines Trade Magazines Scholarly Journals Audience • non-professionals • members of a specific business, industry or organization • researchers and professionals Content • general interest articles • no bibliographies • industry trends, new products or techniques, and organizational news • research projects, methodology, and theory • bibliographies Advertisements • heavy • moderate and trade related • few or none Examples: Popular Mechanics Electro Manufacturing Electrical Engineering
  • Library Resources Library Catalogues • The Library offers two catalogues- the discovery layer and the classic catalogue (Same content- feature different search options). • Find books, videos, journals etc. • Search by: keyword, title, subject or author to retrieve broader or narrower results.
  • Sample Search • Privacy, Electronic Surveillance and RFID RFID Radio Frequency Identification BarcodesLibraries Retail Inventory Passports
  • Databases Databases • Use databases to find journal articles - may also index other types of resources like newspapers, videos and even images. • The Library subscribes to hundreds of databases (both multidisciplinary and discipline specific). Note: Your topic choice will impact the databases you select. Be sure to read coverage descriptions to ensure the tools you choose are appropriate for your subject area.
  • Databases Search Tips Check the help section of databases for additional advanced searching tips Boolean operators- AND, OR, NOT • e.g. automotive and repair • Retrieved documents must have both keywords Truncation- * • e.g. Canad* • Will retrieve documents containing: Canadian, Canadians, Canadiana Proximity operators - Nn (near), Wn (within) – respects order entered • e.g. voter N5 turnout • will retrieve documents that contain both keywords within five words of one another regardless of the order in which they appear Quotation marks - exact phrase is searched Wildcard- ? or # • e.g. colo?r • Will retrieve documents containing color or colour
  • Library Research Guides Research Guides • Content developed by subject specialists. • Feature links to recommended resources for your subject area. If you’re having trouble with your research you can meet with a program liaison for help.
  • Google Scholar Uses the Google search engine to find scholarly materials. Strengths • Quick and easy way to find some scholarly materials. Weaknesses • Recent publications could be missing. • Not all publishers are covered - could overlook important works. • You may be asked to pay for materials you get for free at the Library Note: If the Library does not have the item you want, you can place an interlibrary loan request. You can also have items delivered to your home campus via inter-campus loan. Start your research early to allow time for delivery!
  • Other information sources Evaluate the credibility of your sources- not all information is accurate or reliable. • Association websites • Government publications • Statistics (official/ unofficial) • Newspapers • Maps • Video • Reference materials - specialized encyclopedias, handbooks and dictionaries. Think CARS : Credibility Accuracy Reasonableness Support
  • Grey Literature What is grey literature? • Unpublished papers, reports, conference proceedings, datasets, academic dissertations, etc. • Not created by commercial publishers • Can be difficult to locate • Often feature recent research
  • Citing Why Cite? • Helps you avoid plagiarizing (academic dishonesty) • Gives the reader immediate information about the sources you used • Adds credibility to your work • Shows you have considered a variety of sources (and arguments)
  • Citing Tools Mendeley • Web-based citation manager • Generates bibliographies • Maintains a personal database of citations • Inserts in-text references into your paper • Allows users to share information with other account holders Note: Citation style manuals are available at the Library. Be sure to verify your work. Computers can make mistakes. • Visit the Learning Commons for academic writing help advice.
  • You can meet with a program liaison in-person or ask your question via chat, email or by phone. Leigh Jackson, B.A., M.L.I.S. Program Liaison for Engineering, Information Technology, Trades and Apprenticeship •Email: •Phone: 519-748-5220 ex. 3605 We’re here to help Contact us!