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HIST ON10 Oct5

  1. 1. Monica Rettig Liaison Librarian October 5, 2009 HIST ON10 Research Tips for History Students
  2. 2. <ul><li>For today: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What the library has to offer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Searching the catalogue </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Finding journal articles for History papers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>*Tip*: Best place to start a paper </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Where to get research help </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. James A. Gibson Library Schmon Tower Floor 2 : Learning Commons Floors 5-10: Library
  4. 4. www.library.brocku.ca Changes coming soon!
  5. 5. When to use books? Journal articles?
  6. 6. Looking for Books? Start at the Catalogue
  7. 7. Let’s try it www.library.brocku.ca
  8. 8. ~ Advanced Search Tips ~ Phrase Searching “Treaty of Versailles” Truncation slave* Boolean Operators AND ,OR, NOT
  9. 9. Looking for Journal Articles? Start with Databases
  10. 10. History Databases <ul><li>Best databases for general History topics? </li></ul><ul><li>Depends on your topic, but… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>America: History and Life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(for US & Canada) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Historical Abstracts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>( not US & Canada) </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Let’s try it www.library.brocku.ca
  12. 12. Database: Historical Abstracts
  13. 13. **Tip** Start your research with an Encyclopedia Databases > History > Oxford Reference Online Let’s try it. <ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brief overview of a topic, person, idea </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scholarly & authoritative source </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>References for further reading </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Need help? </li></ul><ul><li>Contact us: </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone </li></ul><ul><li>Chat </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail </li></ul><ul><li>In person </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>At the help desk </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Make an appointment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Helpful Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Online tutorials </li></ul><ul><li>InfoSkills Workshops </li></ul><ul><li>“ Research a topic in…” </li></ul>… All found on the library homepage
  15. 15. Thank you. Contact: Monica Rettig Liaison Librarian [email_address] <ul><li>Remember: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Books -> Catalogue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Journal Articles -> Databases </li></ul></ul>

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