Your SlideShare is downloading. ×
POLI319 Research Tips
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in...5

Thanks for flagging this SlideShare!

Oops! An error has occurred.

Saving this for later? Get the SlideShare app to save on your phone or tablet. Read anywhere, anytime – even offline.
Text the download link to your phone
Standard text messaging rates apply

POLI319 Research Tips


Published on

Published in: Technology, Education

  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Total Views
On Slideshare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds
Embeds 0
No embeds

Report content
Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

No notes for slide


  • 1. Library Research Tips POLI 319 Politics of Latin America Megan Fitzgibbons Liaison Librarian January 19, 2009
  • 2. Did You Know? Your Liaison Librarian can: Provide help by phone, e-mail, chat and in Second Life Offer individual consultations Find stuff!
  • 3. Information Universe
  • 4. Agenda How to: Find journal articles Find books Find news articles Evaluate information
  • 5. A good place to start The Course Guide
  • 6. Individual articles are NOT listed directly in the library catalogue!
  • 7. Article indexes and databases In library? Maybe not! Broad or narrow Many types of documents Citations, abstracts or full- text articles
  • 8. But why can’t I just use ?
  • 9. Using OR “Latin “South OR OR America” America” AND Ethnic* Race Identity OR OR AND Political Vot* Elect* OR OR Participation
  • 10. Use OR for synonyms Use AND to combine terms
  • 11. Types of materials
  • 12. Select related subjects for a new search
  • 13. Mark results to save them Instant full text Find the full-text article from another source
  • 14. Click GO to view the full- text article from another database provider
  • 15. • 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).
  • 16. 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)
  • 17. Off campus? VPN
  • 18. How to find… Vanden, Harry E. Politics of Latin America: The Power Game. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • 19. Title search
  • 20. How to find… Oxhorn, Philip. “Civil Society Without A State?” World Futures 63, no. 5 (2007): 324-339.
  • 21. Individual articles are NOT listed directly in the library catalogue!
  • 22. Journal title search
  • 23. Keyword search politics political politic? politicians used to find
  • 24. Broad search = many results
  • 25. Find other books on this subject
  • 26. Find other books on this subject
  • 27. Location in the library
  • 28. Your library account
  • 29. 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
  • 30. A preliminary search
  • 31. Refining a search
  • 32. 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
  • 33. Evaluating websites Currency: up-to-date, working links Reliability: accurate, verifiable Authority: - URL – domain name .com .net .edu .org [~ %] - Author – credentials Purpose: objectivity, bias
  • 34. 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
  • 35. Contact a librarian NOT a last resort! Office hours: Mondays 2:00-4:00 Leacock 541 514-398-4696