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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.
  • Research Basics

    1. 1. Research workshop<br />September 2009<br />
    2. 2. What is a library?<br />
    3. 3. What is a library?<br />Confusing???<br />
    4. 4. Librarians are here to help<br />
    5. 5. Today’s research steps<br />Library questions<br />Choosing the right words<br />Finding background information<br />Finding articles<br />Finding books in the library<br />Academic integrity<br />Your questions!<br />
    6. 6. Hard work—but fun, too!<br />
    7. 7. Space to work<br />
    8. 8. Printing and photocopying<br />McGill Copy Card is required!<br />Printers<br />Price: 9 cents per page<br />Scanners<br />Photocopiers<br />Price: 7 cents per page<br />
    9. 9. Computers<br />In the library<br />Wireless network<br />Borrow a laptop<br />Software to download<br />
    10. 10. A place to get help!<br />In person<br />Phone<br />E-mail<br />Chat<br />
    11. 11. Borrowing Materials<br />Your McGill ID is your borrowing card<br />80 books / 2 weeks / 3 renewals<br />50 cents per day if you’re late!<br />3 DVDs / 1 week / 1 renewal<br />$2 per day if you’re late!<br />Downloadable materials<br />
    12. 12. Words are the key to research<br />?<br />
    13. 13. Too much information?<br />
    14. 14. The Course Guide<br />
    15. 15. Course Guide<br />
    16. 16. Encyclopedia article sample<br />Written by experts<br />Defines key vocabulary<br />Gives a summary of the topic<br />Lists further reading<br />
    17. 17.
    18. 18. Where do you find articles?<br /> Article indexes and databases!<br />
    19. 19. 19<br />Online databases are different from Google<br />They’re like maps for finding academic articles<br />
    20. 20. Search tip 1<br />“Exact phrase”<br />Examples:<br />“New York”<br />“Stephen Harper”<br />“climate change”<br />
    21. 21. Search tip 2<br />AND<br /> economics AND slavery<br />OR<br /> smoking OR tobacco<br />NOT<br /> windows NOT Microsoft <br />
    22. 22. Canada<br />Canad*<br />Canadian<br />Canadians<br />Search tip 3: fill in the blank<br />
    23. 23. Search tip 4<br />Subject words<br />
    24. 24. Off campus?<br />Virtual Private Network (VPN)<br />
    25. 25. Search online to discover the library’s collection<br />
    26. 26. Book<br />Holsti, Ole R.<br />Making American Foreign Policy. <br />New York: Routledge, 2006. <br />Look for the name of the book in the catalogue<br />
    27. 27. Journal article<br />“Food Safety in Travel and Tourism.” <br />MacLaurin, Tanya L. <br />Journal of Travel Research vol. 39 (2001):<br />332-333. <br />Look for the name of the journal in the catalogue<br />
    28. 28. Articles are NOTlisted in the library catalogue!<br />
    29. 29. Academic integrity at McGill<br />“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.”<br />
    30. 30. Plagiarism = stealing<br />
    31. 31. Is this plagiarism?<br />Turning in a paper you already submitted for another class<br />YES!<br />Buying a paper off the internet<br />YES! <br />Copying an author’s words from an academic article <br />Yes, UNLESS you cite the source.<br />
    32. 32.
    33. 33. Does this sentence need a citation?<br />John A. Macdonald was the first prime minister of Canada.<br />No! <br />
    34. 34. Does this sentence need a citation?<br />In 2003, cardiovascular disease was the leading cause of death in Canada, accounting for at least 36% of all deaths.<br /><ul><li>Yes!
    35. 35. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Health Research - Investing in Canada's Future 2003-2004. 23 Nov. 2006. <http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/24939.html></li></li></ul><li>Examples of citations<br />Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a &quot;spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings&quot; (p. 263).<br />Wordsworth extensively explored the role of emotion in the creative process (p. 263).<br />
    36. 36. Tips for avoiding plagiarism<br />Start early!<br />Record your sources<br />Practice putting ideas into your own words<br />http://library.acadiau.ca/tutorials/plagiarism/<br />
    37. 37. Books, DVDs<br />Course guide<br />VPN help<br />
    38. 38. Library checklist<br />McGill ID card<br />Copy card<br />Course guide to get started with research<br />VPN<br />
    39. 39. Ask Us!<br />
    40. 40. What are your questions?<br />Megan Fitzgibbons<br />Liaison Librarian<br />megan.fitzgibbons@mcgill.ca<br />514-398-4696<br />
    41. 41. Image credits<br />Slide 2: Newspapers by Pieter Musterd (busy) http://www.flickr.com/photos/90794078@N00/2286429272 /<br />Slide 5: Treadmill by lu_luhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/7706223@N02/3325186785/<br />Slide 14: Life ring by mag3737 http://www.flickr.com/photos/50318388@N00/2071089166 /<br />Slide 20: Map by dunechaserhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/12426416@N00/1721982928/<br />Slide 30: Thief by desiretofire : music is the shape of silence http://www.flickr.com/photos/desiretofire/151851052<br />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).<br />*Used in accordance with Creative Commons licenses<br />

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