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  • But you’re going to have to work hard today, too.
  • Think back to your student days. For younger students: community. For older students: quiet space. Thirteen branches, open to all students. Computers: log in with McGill email address. Printers, scanners, photocopiers.
  • And of course, the library is also a place to get help. Show “Ask Us” on the website.
  • Example of why. Windows and windows? We will use this later—defining your topic is the base of research, so it’s very important.
  • Searching for known items.
  • Finding a known article
  • Finding a known article
  • First example: direct quotation. Second example: what the author said.

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  • Research workshop
    September 2009
  • What is a library?
  • What is a library?
    Confusing???
  • Librarians are here to help
  • Today’s research steps
    Library questions
    Choosing the right words
    Finding background information
    Finding articles
    Finding books in the library
    Academic integrity
    Your questions!
  • Hard work—but fun, too!
  • Space to work
  • Printing and photocopying
    McGill Copy Card is required!
    Printers
    Price: 9 cents per page
    Scanners
    Photocopiers
    Price: 7 cents per page
  • Computers
    In the library
    Wireless network
    Borrow a laptop
    Software to download
  • A place to get help!
    In person
    Phone
    E-mail
    Chat
  • Borrowing Materials
    Your McGill ID is your borrowing card
    80 books / 2 weeks / 3 renewals
    50 cents per day if you’re late!
    3 DVDs / 1 week / 1 renewal
    $2 per day if you’re late!
    Downloadable materials
  • Words are the key to research
    ?
  • Too much information?
  • The Course Guide
  • Course Guide
  • Encyclopedia article sample
    Written by experts
    Defines key vocabulary
    Gives a summary of the topic
    Lists further reading
  • Where do you find articles?
    Article indexes and databases!
  • 19
    Online databases are different from Google
    They’re like maps for finding academic articles
  • Search tip 1
    “Exact phrase”
    Examples:
    “New York”
    “Stephen Harper”
    “climate change”
  • Search tip 2
    AND
    economics AND slavery
    OR
    smoking OR tobacco
    NOT
    windows NOT Microsoft
  • Canada
    Canad*
    Canadian
    Canadians
    Search tip 3: fill in the blank
  • Search tip 4
    Subject words
  • Off campus?
    Virtual Private Network (VPN)
  • Search online to discover the library’s collection
  • Book
    Holsti, Ole R.
    Making American Foreign Policy.
    New York: Routledge, 2006.
    Look for the name of the book in the catalogue
  • Journal article
    “Food Safety in Travel and Tourism.”
    MacLaurin, Tanya L.
    Journal of Travel Research vol. 39 (2001):
    332-333.
    Look for the name of the journal in the catalogue
  • Articles are NOTlisted in the library catalogue!
  • Academic integrity at McGill
    “McGill University values academic integrity. Therefore all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offences under the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures.”
  • Plagiarism = stealing
  • Is this plagiarism?
    Turning in a paper you already submitted for another class
    YES!
    Buying a paper off the internet
    YES!
    Copying an author’s words from an academic article
    Yes, UNLESS you cite the source.
  • Does this sentence need a citation?
    John A. Macdonald was the first prime minister of Canada.
    No!
  • Does this sentence need a citation?
    In 2003, cardiovascular disease was the leading cause of death in Canada, accounting for at least 36% of all deaths.
    • Yes!
    • Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Health Research - Investing in Canada's Future 2003-2004. 23 Nov. 2006.
  • Examples of citations
    Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (p. 263).
    Wordsworth extensively explored the role of emotion in the creative process (p. 263).
  • Tips for avoiding plagiarism
    Start early!
    Record your sources
    Practice putting ideas into your own words
    http://library.acadiau.ca/tutorials/plagiarism/
  • Books, DVDs
    Course guide
    VPN help
  • Library checklist
    McGill ID card
    Copy card
    Course guide to get started with research
    VPN
  • Ask Us!
  • What are your questions?
    Megan Fitzgibbons
    Liaison Librarian
    megan.fitzgibbons@mcgill.ca
    514-398-4696
  • Image credits
    Slide 2: Newspapers by Pieter Musterd (busy) http://www.flickr.com/photos/90794078@N00/2286429272 /
    Slide 5: Treadmill by lu_luhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/7706223@N02/3325186785/
    Slide 14: Life ring by mag3737 http://www.flickr.com/photos/50318388@N00/2071089166 /
    Slide 20: Map by dunechaserhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/12426416@N00/1721982928/
    Slide 30: Thief by desiretofire : music is the shape of silence http://www.flickr.com/photos/desiretofire/151851052
    Slide 32: Citation flowchart: Gaunt, Jessica, Nigel Morgan, Rowland Somers, Rosemary Soper, and Erica Swain. Handbook for Information Literacy Teaching. Cardiff, Wales: Cardiff University, 2007. http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/insrv/educationandtraining/infolit/hilt/index.html (accessed May 14, 2008).
    *Used in accordance with Creative Commons licenses