Workshop for Graduate Students

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  • Workshop for Graduate Students

    1. 1. Library Research Workshop Megan Fitzgibbons Liaison Librarian October 15, 2008 Political Science Graduate Students
    2. 2. Did You Know? <ul><li>Provide help by phone, e-mail, chat and in Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Offer individual consultations </li></ul><ul><li>Find stuff! </li></ul><ul><li>Give classroom presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare Subject Guides </li></ul>Your Liaison Librarian can:
    3. 3. Office Hours Every Monday 14:30-16:30 Leacock 541
    4. 4. Agenda <ul><li>Planning a research strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Selecting a retrieval tool </li></ul><ul><li>Searching databases </li></ul><ul><li>Searching the library catalogue </li></ul><ul><li>Library services </li></ul>
    5. 5. Concept maps
    6. 6. Concept maps
    7. 7. Did You Know? <ul><li>The McGill Library has more than six million items </li></ul>
    8. 8. A+
    9. 9. Information Types and Sources Information Type Description Tool Suggested databases Encyclopedias, handbooks Background information. General or specialized. Catalogue Subject Guides Books (scholarly monographs) Broad, thorough, academic treatment of a subject. Catalogue Bibliographies Scholarly journal articles Detailed scholarly examination of a topic. Peer-reviewed. Article indexes Google Scholar Web of Science International Bibliography of the Social Sciences International Political Science Abstracts Newspaper articles Historical and current. Article indexes Internet Factiva, Canadian Newsstand Theses & dissertations Master’s and doctoral theses. Detailed scholarly analysis. Article indexes Catalogue eScholarship Internet ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
    10. 10. How do I find all of this?
    11. 11. <ul><li>Individual articles are NOT listed directly in the library catalogue! </li></ul>
    12. 12. Article indexes and databases <ul><li>Provide references to articles and other documents published in journals , which may or may not be in our library </li></ul><ul><li>Subject-specific or multidisciplinary </li></ul><ul><li>Index one or many types of documents </li></ul><ul><li>Provide citations, abstracts or full- text articles </li></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>But why can’t I just it? </li></ul>
    14. 14. Search term triangulation
    15. 15. Using AND, OR AND AND
    16. 16. <ul><li>VPN </li></ul>Off campus?
    17. 17. The library catalogue <ul><li>What </li></ul><ul><li>Information about the library’s materials </li></ul><ul><li>Why </li></ul><ul><li>Finding books and known journal titles </li></ul><ul><li>How </li></ul><ul><li>Online, from the library’s website </li></ul>
    18. 18. Did You Know? <ul><li>Renew books </li></ul><ul><li>Place holds </li></ul><ul><li>Book a meeting room (Cyberthèque pods) </li></ul><ul><li>Access e-exams </li></ul>You can use your library account to:
    19. 19. Search the library catalogue for the journal title Use CREPUQ or Interlibrary Loan (ILL) If full text is not available online What to do if… If not
    20. 20. Ways to access materials <ul><li>Print : search the library catalogue </li></ul><ul><li>Full-text online </li></ul><ul><li>If no full-text, use </li></ul><ul><li>Not in Montreal? Use Interlibrary Loan </li></ul><ul><li>Use the VPN to access materials off-campus </li></ul>
    21. 21. Did You Know? <ul><li>Government Information Service </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic Data Resources Service </li></ul>The Library offers specialized services:
    22. 22. A good place to start: The Subject Guide
    23. 23. To take away <ul><li>Start with the library’s website! </li></ul><ul><li>Books: use the catalogue </li></ul><ul><li>Articles: use indexes (databases) </li></ul><ul><li>VPN for off-campus access </li></ul><ul><li>Specialized services available </li></ul>
    24. 24. Contact a librarian <ul><li>NOT a last resort! </li></ul><ul><li>Office hours : </li></ul><ul><li>Mondays 2:30-4:30 Leacock 541 </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail: megan.fitzgibbons@mcgill.ca </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: 514-398-4696 </li></ul>

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