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  • A bit about the assignment at hand…
    How many of you have been in the library before? Used the resources from home? Had one of these sessions? What did you learn? Ask some questions to build rapport.
  • We have goals for today’s session
    We also have concrete things we’d like you to be able to do after the session
    Take a look at them (or not). As you like!
  • We have many more databases but because of limited time today will will focus on the African American related database .. And Pop Culture Universe
    Explain how to find database alphabetically …
  • Put students into 4 groups and ask them to look up the resources corresponding with their group number. Give them 5 minutes (or less) to figure out what the sources are and in what circumstances they would use them.
    Wikipedia & African American Experience: Make sure to point out that Wikipedia does have value, is a good starting point, good to find keywords, dates, etc. that you can use when searching databases. It is better to avoid “hot topics” on Wikipedia as they are constantly changing and may contain biased info., but many of the entries on major people, places and things have been well-edited. Make sure to check the sources at the bottom of any Wikipedia entry – these can often lead to good sources for your paper.
    WorldCat & EasyBib: WorldCat searches library cataloges through out the US and world .. Gives you citations. With info. From WorldCat can create MLA citation in EasyBib .. EasyBib was also used in first slide to cite picture.. This one is good for compiling your bibliography. For books, you can even type in the ISBN and get the citation pre-filled.
    3. Black Thought and Culture Vs Pop Culture Universe: Both are database .. BT has many documents legal and otherwise and PopC is more of an encyclopedia (show timeline)
    4. African American Song vs AllMusic: AAS is streaming audio .. Allmusic Allmusic is an awesome online discography however if the artist is more obsure or unknow will not always have much info.
    5. Doors Complete Lyrics & Yahoo Lyrics: Why would you use one over the other? Well, the Doors lyrics books is authorized by the band and is most likely to be correct. With Yahoo, you’re taking your chances, but I think it’s the best out of all the lyrics websites – they take their content from Gracenote, which you may have noticed is the same database that iTunes gets all CD tracknames from.
  • Your writing will always be more compelling if you start your research with questions, not answers. Here’s an example of what I mean: (blindness story). Don’t go into your research – or interviews- looking for answers that match your pre-formed opinions, because it’s a recipe for weak writing.
  • The Local Periodical Holdings are not the easiest to find, but it will show you every title that we offer in print. A lot of them are current, some of them are out of print but we have the back issues. Issues marked “in storage” are in our Library Annex, but we can get them for you! You just need to fill out the green forms at the circulation desk.
  • Keyword “Naked Lunch”
    Title keyword Keyword “Burroughs”
  • You can search by class number or teacher’s name to see a list of books Fred recommends for this class.
  • Mention
  • Remember, we are here to help you with your research. Contact us if you have questions. If you’re looking for something the library doesn’t have, as long as we have a week or 2, we can usually get it for you from another library.
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    • 1. Janet Chwalibog -LCOR 111 Intro. To the Stan Getz Library Resources Reference Librarian: Zoë Rath Jones, Sharon L. "A Closet Revolutionary: The Politics of Representation in the Fiction of Dorothy West." The African American Experience. Greenwood, 2002. Web. 1 Oct. 2009.
    • 2. We have goals!  define and articulate your information needs.  gain an appreciation for the variety of types of information available  effectively search for information  gain insight into critically evaluating information.  ask for help when you need it!  navigate the library’s online catalog and online databases effectively.  follow subject headings links in the catalog.  know different types of sources and when to use them.  know the best resources for citing your sources. You will . . .
    • 3. Find a book on Harlem writer. Is there a way to quickly find more books on this topic? Using the library catalog:
    • 4. A sample topic: I would like to learn about music related to the. Harlem Renaissance Subjects:African American artists -- Biography Harlem Renaissance Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century Select Types of Items: Books, CDs, DVDs, scores
    • 5. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. Multicultural Studies: African American Experience African American Music Reference African American Song Black Thought and Culture Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Latino American Experience, The Smithsonian Global Sound
    • 6. Search : Harlem Renaissance1 Title: Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life 2 Hughes, Langston Author: 3 African American Song Artist:Ethel Waters 4 Cite book MLA using EasyBib
    • 7. “ask questions!” 7 October 2008.
    • 8. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
    • 9. Find out if the library subscribes to in Black Music Research Journal in print? Full Text Available online?
    • 10. Catalogue tips 2 major ways to search: Starts with (search) Alphabetically will place you in a list of headings or titles at the record closest to the word(s) you entered, you can limit results to a certain media. Keyword (search) Automatically retrieve records that contain the words entered, you can limit media right away. Single asterisk (*) searches for all terms which start with the pattern (for example: poet* searches for poet, poets, poetry, poetic). Library Catalog Question: William S. Burroughs wrote “Naked Lunch”. Find the call numbers for the book and a sound recording of Burroughs reading excerpts from it. Does the Library have any books about Burroughs? If so, write down the title(s) and call number(s). Does the library own “One the Road”?
    • 11. Find the reserve books for your class.
    • 12. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. Interlibrary Loan Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a free service available to current Berklee student. Fill out purple for to get books or email citation to me (Zoe) @ How long does it take? Depends on location and availability and for articles copyright clearance. Articles generally take 2-7 days to arrive, and books generally arrive in 5-14 days.
    • 13. Questions? Ask us! Contact a librarian by e-mail, IM, or just come to the reference desk.