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  • 1. NUF: Electronic Information Research Prof. Linda Rath Graduate Services Librarian [email_address] 646.312.1622
  • 2. Today’s workshop …
    • focuses on research for capstone paper
    • is geared for “remote” research (off-campus and/or outside NYC)
    • will have demonstrations & hands-on exercises, step-by-step research process
  • 3. You will be able to …
    • build basic search strategies (Boolean)
    • identify relevant library databases
    • find scholarly, peer-reviewed articles
    • find the full-text of articles
    • identify “local” resources
  • 4.
  • 5.
    • Multidisciplinary databases:
    • Academic Search Complete
    • JSTOR (historical)
    Academic & Scholarly Articles (Peer Reviewed) Analytical Sources Newman Library: *also contains scholarly/peer-reviewed articles Books Reports/ Papers Statistics
    • Subject specific databases:
    • Education Full Text
    • Medline
    • Social Sciences Full Text
    • and etc.
    • CUNY+
    • Local library catalog
    • WorldCat
    • PAIS International *
    • PolicyFile
    • websites (think tanks, govt., etc.)
    • Statistical Abstract of the U.S.
    • TableBase
    • websites (local/state/fed govt, etc.)
    News Sources Lexis Nexis Academic, Factiva, Ethnic Newswatch * Alt-Press Watch * , websites (organizations, associations, government, etc.) Sources for Capstone Paper
  • 6. Topic Development
    • Choose topic that interests you
    • Is topic too broad or too narrow?
    • Work within your time constraints
    • Discuss topic with your advisor
  • 7. Identify the Key Concepts - exercise
    • How can web 2.0 tools be used to effectively promote health literacy to the Hispanic/Latina community?
  • 8. Brainstorm stage- Create Keywords List for searching Use Research Worksheet to write down & keep track of keywords:
    • What other terms can be used to describe your concept(s)? (synonyms, related terms, names of people and places, phrases, dates, etc.)
    • What broad or specific terms can be used?
  • 9. Brainstorm stage- Exercise 1 handout: Class responses Create Keywords List for searching Use Research Worksheet to write down & keep track of keywords:
    • Group 1’s responses
    Web 2.0
    • Group 2’s responses
    health literacy
    • Group 3’s responses
  • 10. Brainstorm stage- possible keywords Create Keywords List for searching
    • web, web 2.0
    • internet, online
    • social media
    • social network(ing)
    • Facebook
    • community
    • Latina/o
    • Hispanic(s), H. Americans
    • women, gender
    • ethnicity
    • culturally relevant
    • minorities
    • public health
    • health education
    • health knowledge
    • education, instruction
    • medical informatics
    • information sources, information
    • e-health
    Web 2.0 health literacy Latina/Hispanic Use Research Worksheet to write down & keep track of keywords:
  • 11. Identify appropriate databases
    • Go to the Newman Library’s databases page and use “Search for a Database by selecting Subject”
    • Go to NUF Library Guide, Finding Articles tab - Key NUF Databases
    • Identify public library or local university library databases (if open to public)
    Use Research Worksheet to write down & keep track of databases:
  • 12. Identify databases: Exercise 2 Use Research Worksheet to write down & keep track of databases:
    • Group 1’s responses
    • Group 3’s responses
    • Group 2’s responses
    Web 2.0 health literacy Latina/Hispanic
  • 13. Identify databases class exercise (possible, suggested databases) Use Research Worksheet to write down & keep track of databases:
    • Academic Search Complete
    • Communication & Mass Media Complete
    • Sage Journals: Communication Studies
    • Business Source Complete
    • Academic Search Complete
    • Ethnic Newswatch
    • Academic Search Complete
    • Social Sciences Full Text
    • ERIC (Ebscohost)
    • PAIS International
    Web 2.0 health literacy Latina/Hispanic
  • 14. Searching a database
    • Boolean operators
      • AND
      • OR
      • (…)
    • Use AND, OR and (…) to combine your keywords
    • (see handout)
  • 15. Searching a database How many records do we find using the search terms below? (Exercise 3)
  • 16. Demonstration: Searching a database Try again, using different keywords from your list. How many records now? (Exercise 4)
  • 17. Searching a database
    • Field (or segment) searching looks for keywords within a specific area of a database record, such as title, author, subject, etc.
    • Proximity searching finds words near each other. (Check Help pages in database.)
    • Truncate/Truncation symbol searches for variant endings to the root of a word. (Example: comput* finds computer or computing)
  • 18. Boolean Logic Exercises Fields/segments Proximity searching, within 3 words of each other Exercise 5: Changing Fields and Proximity
  • 19. Boolean Logic Exercises Exercise 6: Changing Fields and Truncation
  • 20. Searching a database Click on the “Find it!” button to see if the full-text can be found in another Newman Library database.
  • 21. Searching a database You can limit your search results to “Scholarly” or “Peer Reviewed.” PAIS International database Academic Search Complete database
  • 22. E-journal/Newspaper Demo
    • How to determine if the journal you want is available electronically in a Newman Library database
  • 23. E-journal/Newspaper @ Newman
    • Library homepage 
    • ”Journals/Magazines” link 
    • “Full Text Journal” link 
    • Type in title of journal 
    • If database(s) appears, check years of coverage
    See Handout: Exercise 7
  • 24. Information Management
    • Use the Research Worksheet
      • PDF on NUF Library Guide
    • Use citation management software
      • RefWorks (library database)
      • Zotero (firefox extension)
  • 25. Citing Information
    • Use a style guide (APA, MLA, etc.)
    • A good online source for help is: Purdue’s OWL:
    • Many databases have output options (email, print, etc. in APA, MLA and etc.)
  • 26. “ Local” Resources
    • Public library systems
    • Academic libraries (one that has programs covering your topic)
    • Find a library, Exercise : Go here & type in your home zip code.