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  • Library Research Tips POLI 319 Politics of Latin America Megan Fitzgibbons Liaison Librarian January 19, 2009
  • Did You Know? Your Liaison Librarian can: Provide help by phone, e-mail, chat and in Second Life Offer individual consultations Find stuff!
  • Information Universe
  • Agenda How to: Find journal articles Find books Find news articles Evaluate information
  • A good place to start The Course Guide
  • Individual articles are NOT listed directly in the library catalogue!
  • Article indexes and databases In library? Maybe not! Broad or narrow Many types of documents Citations, abstracts or full- text articles
  • But why can’t I just use ?
  • Using OR “Latin “South OR OR America” America” AND Ethnic* Race Identity OR OR AND Political Vot* Elect* OR OR Participation
  • Use OR for synonyms Use AND to combine terms
  • Types of materials
  • Select related subjects for a new search
  • Mark results to save them Instant full text Find the full-text article from another source
  • Click GO to view the full- text article from another database provider
  • • This article is not available in full-text online. • Search the library catalogue for the journal title. • If we don’t own it, use Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
  • What to do if… If full text is not available online Search the library catalogue for the journal title If not Use CREPUQ or Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
  • Off campus? VPN
  • How to find… Vanden, Harry E. Politics of Latin America: The Power Game. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Title search
  • How to find… Oxhorn, Philip. “Civil Society Without A State?” World Futures 63, no. 5 (2007): 324-339.
  • Individual articles are NOT listed directly in the library catalogue!
  • Journal title search
  • Keyword search politics political politic? politicians used to find
  • Broad search = many results
  • Find other books on this subject
  • Find other books on this subject
  • Location in the library
  • Your library account
  • Ways to access materials  Print: search the library catalogue  Full-text online  If no full-text, use  Not in Montreal? Use Interlibrary Loan (ILL)  Use the VPN to access materials off-campus
  • A preliminary search
  • Refining a search
  • Popular articles Scholarly articles Purpose: Entertainment Report original research Current awareness Review previously published studies Research summaries Audience: General public Students, scholars, researchers Authors: Journalists Researchers, academics Often named Always named Characteristics: Short(er) articles Describe research methodologies Advertisements/photos Charts, graphs, tables Published daily, weekly, Published quarterly, annually monthly Reviewed by editorial board/peer- Proofread/reviewed by reviewed editors *Peer reviewed = reviewed and accepted for publication by a panel of recognized experts in a field
  • Evaluating websites Currency: up-to-date, working links Reliability: accurate, verifiable Authority: - URL – domain name .com .net .edu .org [~ %] - Author – credentials Purpose: objectivity, bias
  • To take away  Use the course guide!  Books: use the catalogue  Articles: use indexes (databases)  VPN for off-campus access Evaluate the info you find
  • Contact a librarian NOT a last resort! Office hours: Mondays 2:00-4:00 Leacock 541 megan.fitzgibbons@mcgill.ca 514-398-4696