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E-Research Strategies - NUF 2013

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Presentation to NUF class of 2013 discussing library resources and research strategies.

Presentation to NUF class of 2013 discussing library resources and research strategies.

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  • 1. NUF:Electronic Information Research Prof. Linda Rath Graduate Services Librarian Linda.Rath@baruch.cuny.edu 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 in small groups• step-by-step research process
  • 3. You will be able to …• identify relevant library databases for a topic• build basic search strings (Boolean)• find scholarly, peer-reviewed articles• find the full-text of articles• identify “local” resources
  • 4. http://guides.newman.baruch.cuny.edu/nuf
  • 5. http://newman.baruch.cuny.edu/
  • 6. General Research Process Describe your topic / What is your question? Create Keywords List / Search terms What type(s) of information do you need? Where do you find this information? Who produces this information? Evaluate information Integrate information / Your Primary Research / Write paper Cite information (sources/creators)
  • 7. Sources for Capstone Paper Analytical Sources Academic & Scholarly Articles (Peer Reviewed) Books Reports/ Papers Statistics News Sources Newspapers, trade journals, newswires, websitesNewman Library: http://newman.baruch.cuny.edu *also contains scholarly/peer-reviewed articles
  • 8. Sources for Capstone Paper Multidisciplinary databases: •Academic Search Complete •JSTOR (historical) Analytical Sources Academic & Subject specific databases: •Education Full Text Scholarly Articles •Medline (Peer Reviewed) •Social Sciences Full Text •and etc. •CUNY’s library catalog Books •Local library catalog •WorldCat (database of catalogs) Reports/ •PAIS International* •PolicyFile Papers •websites (think tanks, govt., etc.) Statistics •Statistical Abstract of the U.S. •Social Explorer (Census, maps, etc.) •websites (local/state/fed govt, etc.) Lexis Nexis Academic, Factiva, Ethnic Newswatch* News Sources Alt-Press Watch*, websites (organizations, associations, government, etc.)Newman Library: http://newman.baruch.cuny.edu *also contains scholarly/peer-reviewed articles
  • 9. Topic Development• Choose topic that interests you• Is topic too broad or too narrow?• Work within your time constraints• Discuss topic with your advisor/mentor• Your literature review process may focus your topic
  • 10. Identify the Key Concepts• To what extent did blogs influence election outcomes in Broward County Government?
  • 11. Brainstorm stage-Create Keywords List for searching blogs, bloggers elections social media campaigns citizen journalism web 2.0 social web political communication government impact Broward County influence county government local government
  • 12. 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: http://guides.newman.baruch.cuny.edu/data/files2/61768/reference-worksheet.pdf
  • 13. Identify databases:blogs elections government• Academic Search • Academic Search Complete • PAIS InternationalComplete • PAIS International • PolicyFile• Communication & • Science Direct • Sage JournalsMass MediaComplete • Social Sciences Full Text • Social Sciences Full Text• Business Source • Sage JournalsComplete• Sage Journals Use Research Worksheet to write down & keep track of databases: http://guides.newman.baruch.cuny.edu/data/files2/61768/reference-worksheet.pdf
  • 14. Searching a database Boolean operators • Use AND, OR and (…) to combine your keywords
  • 15. Searching a database Boolean operator AND Use AND to narrow your search and retrieve records containing all of the words it separates Example: Blogs AND influence AND elections
  • 16. Searching a database Boolean operator OR Use OR to broaden your search and retrieve records containing any of the words it separates.Examples:• Blogs OR blogosphere OR social media• Elections OR campaigns• Influence OR impact
  • 17. Searching a database Use AND, OR and (…) to string all your terms togetherExample:(Blogs OR blogosphere OR social media) AND(Elections OR campaigns) AND(Influence OR impact)
  • 18. Searching a databaseHere is the same search string in a library entered in a database …
  • 19. Searching a database • Field (or segment) searching looks for keywords within a specific area of a database record, such as title, author, subject, abstract, etc.
  • 20. Searching a database • Proximity searching finds words near each other in an article. (Check Help pages in database on how to perform proximity searches.)
  • 21. Searching a database • Truncate/Truncation symbol searches for variant endings to the root of a word. (Example: comput* finds computer or computing)
  • 22. Searching a databaseFields and Proximity searching Fields/segments Proximity searching, within 5 words of each other
  • 23. Searching a database• Sometime the database you are searching only has a citation or abstract to a record/article.• Click on the “Find it!” button to see if the full-text can be found in another Newman Library database.
  • 24. Searching a databaseYou can limit your search results to“Scholarly” or “Peer Reviewed.” Example from PAIS International database
  • 25. Searching a databaseYou can limit your search results to“Scholarly” or “Peer Reviewed.” Example from Academic Search Complete database
  • 26. E-journal/Newspaper Demo • How to determine if the journal you want is available electronically in a Newman Library database
  • 27. E-journal/Newspaper @ Newman1. Library homepage2. ”Journals/Magazines” link3. “Full Text Journal” link4. Type in title of journal & click on Search5. If database(s) appears, check years of coverage & then connect
  • 28. Citation Management• Use the Research Worksheet – PDF on NUF Library Guide• Use citation management software – RefWorks (library database) – Zotero (firefox extension) http://www.zotero.org/
  • 29. Citing Information • Use a style guide (APA, MLA, etc.) • A good online source for help is: Purdue’s OWL: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/ • Many databases have output options (email, print, etc. in APA, MLA and etc.)
  • 30. “Local” Resources • Public library systems • Academic libraries (one that has programs covering your topic) • Find a library, http://www.worldcat.org/libraries Exercise: Go to URL above & type in your home zip code.
  • 31. Other sources• Think tanks (Example: Pew Internet & American Life or Pew Hispanic Center) – 2011 "Go-To" Think Tanks Report for ranked list• Government agencies (local, state, federal)• Trade associations