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Poli 378 fall 2010

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  • Finding a known article
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    • 1. Research Tips & Tricks
      POLI 378
      The Canadian Judicial Process
      Megan Fitzgibbons, Liaison Librarian
    • 2. How big is the internet?
    • 3. 3
      Google doesn’t find everything….
    • 4.
    • 5. Office Hours
      Every Wednesday
      13:30-15:30
      Leacock 324B
    • 6. Agenda
      The flow of information
      Finding academic articles
      Government information
      Your questions!
    • 7. Information flow
      Academic analysis
    • 8. Scholarly information timeline
      Write-up
      Revise
      Reviewed
      Research study
      Researcher
      Conference paper
      Article
      Journals
      Feedback from peers!
      Revisions usually required.
      Feedback from peers!
      Further research conducted.
    • 9. Points to evaluate:
      Currency
      Reliability
      Accuracy
      Purpose
    • 10. Evaluation task
      Look at the characteristics of each article. (No need to read them!)
      Evaluate the currency, reliability, accuracy, and purpose of the article
      Make a judgment: should you use this article for your term paper?
    • 11. 11
      Sax, David. “Ignatieff for Canada.”
      Foreign Policy online January, 2006:
      http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=3352
      Not a scholarly article. Use with caution.
    • 12. Matheson, Andrew. “Seeking Inclusion South Asian Political Representation in Suburban Canada.” Electoral Insight 8, no. 2 (December 2006): 24-29.
      http://www.elections.ca/eca/eim/article_search/article.asp?id=146&lang=e&frmPageSize=5&textonly=false
      12
      Publication sponsored by a government agency. NOT peer-reviewed.
    • 13. 13
      Stanford, Jim. “Canada's Productivity Performance Under the Stephen Harper Government.” Behind the Numbers 9, no. 2 (September 2008).
      http://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National_Office_Pubs/2008/Canadas_Productivity_Performance.pdf
      Publication by a think tank organization. NOT peer-reviewed.
    • 14. 14
      Claes, Ellen, Marc Hooghe and Dietlind Stolle. “The Political Socialization of Adolescents in Canada: Differential Effects of Civic Education on Visible Minorities.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 42 (2009): 613-636.
      http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0008423909990400
      Scholarly, peer-reviewed article.
    • 15.
    • 16. Where do you find articles?
    • 17. Choosing your ingredients
    • 18. Different from searching the web…
      Databases are like directories for finding academic articles
    • 19. Databases: What’s the difference???
      Each database provider chooses different journals, books, etc. to include in their index.
      Some are specialized directories (e.g., only legal journals), while some are broad (e.g., social sciences in general, with a few journals from each discipline).
      You will find that some of the databases overlap, but they all have some unique content.
    • 20. The Subject Guide
    • 21. 21
    • 22. This guide lists links to resources that will help you find information for your assignment.
    • 23. My topic
      Judicial activism in Canada
    • 24. Search tip 1
      “Exact phrase”
      Examples:
      “Charter of Rights and Freedoms”
      “Stephen Harper”
    • 25. Search tip 2
      AND
      Canada AND constitution
      OR
      ethnicity OR race
    • 26. Canada
      Canadian
      Canad*
      Canadiens
      Search tip 3: fill in the blank
    • 27. Search tip 4
      Subject words
      Look for the standardized subject words or “descriptors” in the database
    • 28. Research process
    • 29. If not available…
      If full text is not available online
      Search the library catalogue for the journal title
      Use CREPUQ or Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
    • 30. Off campus?
      Virtual Private Network
    • 31. Bibliography
    • 32. Roach, Kent.
      Due Process and Victims’ Rights.
      Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999.
      How to find…
      Look for the title of the book in the catalogue
    • 33. Malloy, Jonathan.
      “Bush/Harper? Canadian
      American Evangelical Politics Compared.”
      American Review of Canadian Studies 39, no. 4 (2009):
      352-363.
      How to find…
    • 34. All articles are NOT listed directly in the library catalogue!
    • 35. Malloy, Jonathan.
      “Bush/Harper? Canadian
      American Evangelical Politics Compared.”
      American Review of Canadian Studies 39, no. 4 (2009):
      352-363.
      How to find…
      Look for the title of the journal in the catalogue
    • 36. Finding government information
      Two strategies:
      Searching
      Browsing
    • 37. Finding government information
      Searching by keyword
      Custom Google search
      Canadian Research Index
    • 38. Finding government information
      Browsing: who would write about your topic?
      Government of Canada website
      Look for: CanLII (legislation), Parliament, Supreme Court
      McGill Library government information guide
    • 39.
    • 40. Where do you find articles?
    • 41. Library materials
      Subject guide
      VPN help
    • 42. Ask Us!
    • 43. What are your questions?
      Megan Fitzgibbons
      Liaison Librarian
      megan.fitzgibbons@mcgill.ca
      514-398-4696
      Office hours:
      Wednesdays, 13:30-15:30
      Leacock 324B
    • 44. Image Credits
      Slide 1: Juggling by timailiushttp://www.flickr.com/photos/9914541@N05/2832728718/. License: Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic
      Slide 3: Vastness of the Internet by Ellie Koning Retrieved from http://blog.alivenow.in/2010/07/infographic-vastness-of-internet.html
      Slide 8: Information timeline. Created by Anna Stewart, Librarian, St. Edward’s University. Retrieved September 21, 2009 from: http://libr.stedwards.edu/about_library/depts/instruction/instr_class_docs.htm. Used with permission.
      Slide 18: Life ring by mag3737 http://www.flickr.com/photos/50318388@N00/2071089166 / License: Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic
      Slide 21: Yellow-Pages by metrostation. Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic http://www.flickr.com/photos/28803949@N00/30441950/
      Slide 39: Standing upon the shoulders of giants by mushonhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/74121966@N00/282287572/. Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

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