Research for EN3269 Ruby Seng Humanities Resource Librarian (ELL) [email_address]
You’ll Learn About: <ul><li>The research process </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced searching techniques </li></ul><ul><li>MLAIB, ...
Outline <ul><li>Info Sources & The Research Process </li></ul><ul><li>Keywords, Synonyms & Related Words </li></ul><ul><li...
   Information Sources & The Research Process Keywords, Synonyms & Related Words Advanced Searching Techniques & Search S...
Information Sources <ul><li>Books  </li></ul><ul><li>Journal articles  </li></ul><ul><li>Conference papers  </li></ul><ul>...
Information Sources Source Useful for How to Access Books Overview of topics LINC+, LINC Journal articles & conference pap...
Call numbers <ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>PL 5144-5150: Malaysia, Singapore </li></ul><ul><li>PR 9698-9699: Asia </li><...
Selected Biographies & Critical Works <ul><li>Fadiliah Merican, et al.  Voices of many worlds: Malaysian literature in Eng...
The Research Process Identify main  keywords List  synonyms, related words & variant spellings Create  search statement Se...
Information Sources & The Research Process    Keywords, Synonyms & Related Words Advanced Searching Techniques & Search S...
1: Identify Keywords <ul><li>Topic: How is gender depicted in selected Southeast Asian writing? </li></ul>keyword 1: gende...
2: List Synonyms & Related Words gender writing Southeast Asia literature  OR fiction  OR novel  OR short story  OR  play ...
2: List Synonyms & Related Words broader related words
Information Sources & The Research Process Keywords, Synonyms & Related Words    Advanced Searching Techniques & Search S...
Advanced Searching:  Boolean Operators AND : both terms must be present OR : either terms may be present cats dogs NOT : f...
Advanced Searching: Quotation Marks <ul><li>Use  quotation marks “ ”  to search a phrase </li></ul>E.g. 2: love and vertig...
Advanced Searching: Asterisk <ul><li>Use  asterisk  *  for truncation and variant forms of a word. Some databases use  ? <...
Advanced Searching: Parentheses <ul><li>Use  parentheses ( )  for grouping synonyms or related words </li></ul>(migration ...
Quantity & Quality “ love and vertigo ” love  AND  vertigo love  OR  vertigo use  AND  to refine your search use  OR  to e...
3: Create Search Statement <ul><li>How is gender depicted in selected Southeast Asian writing? </li></ul>gender: sex*, fem...
Information Sources & The Research Process Keywords, Synonyms & Related Words Advanced Searching Techniques & Search State...
4. Search for Sources: LINC+  vs. LINC <ul><ul><li>search many fields (title, author, keyword, subject) </li></ul></ul><ul...
4. Search for Sources: LINC+/LINC  vs. Databases <ul><li>LINC+/LINC </li></ul><ul><li>search for books, journals, audio-vi...
   Break
<ul><li>Information Sources & The Research Process </li></ul><ul><li>Keywords, Synonyms & Related Words </li></ul><ul><li>...
4. Search for Sources: Databases (DB) <ul><li>Literature Databases </li></ul><ul><li>Literature Online </li></ul><ul><li>M...
DB #1: Literature Online <ul><li>biographies, bibliographies, articles, monographs, literary criticism and reference sourc...
Demo search author
biographical information
search criticism & reference
author/subject(s)  search:  Aw, Tash
5 results click on record
getting the full-text article
getting the full-text article
getting the full-text article
getting the full-text article
DB #2: MLA International Bibliography <ul><li>scholarly books & articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore and li...
gender OR sex* OR femini* OR mascul* OR stereotyp*)  AND (southeast asia OR singapore OR malaysia OR philippines)  AND (wr...
sort by relevance format refine results
print, email,  or download citation
DB #3: Factiva <ul><li>full-text articles from major newspapers around the world, e.g. Straits Times, New York Times, Fina...
DB #3: Factiva go to Search > Search builder Hands-on
Hands-on author’s name or search statement source: search by newspaper title or browse choose date
sort by relevance select article heading after marking records: view  in one page, email, print,  or save click to mark re...
Here’s the article email, print,  or save article
DB #4: Perind <ul><li>index to articles about Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and ASEAN (as an entity)  </li></ul><ul><li>subj...
Demo
ethnic*  OR  race  AND malaysia  AND writing  OR  literature  OR   novel  OR  short story  OR  poem basic index Demo
Demo select one record
Here’s the citation Demo
DB #5: JSTOR <ul><li>back issues of journals in the humanities and social sciences from the earliest issues to within a fe...
search “scorpion orchid” (phrase search) limit search if necessary
select record sort by relevance
Here’s the full-text download PDF
Information Sources & The Research Process Keywords, Synonyms & Related Words Advanced Searching Techniques & Search State...
Recap <ul><li>When searching databases: </li></ul><ul><li>select fields  e.g. article title, abstract, keyword </li></ul><...
Troubleshooting Search Results <ul><li>If your results are </li></ul><ul><li>too many : use more (precise) keywords  </li>...
Evaluating Information Sources <ul><li>relevance:  to your topic </li></ul><ul><li>authority:  reputable publisher, societ...
Information Sources & The Research Process Keywords, Synonyms & Related Words Advanced Searching Techniques & Search State...
Recommending New Books <ul><li>Use e-form </li></ul>
EndNote <ul><li>A bibliographic management software that: </li></ul><ul><li>stores  and organizes references from sources ...
Getting Help Phone 6516-2029/30 Email [email_address]   (ELL queries) askalib@nus.edu.sg  (general queries) Walk in inform...
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  1. 1. Research for EN3269 Ruby Seng Humanities Resource Librarian (ELL) [email_address]
  2. 2. You’ll Learn About: <ul><li>The research process </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced searching techniques </li></ul><ul><li>MLAIB, Literature Online & other databases </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluating information sources </li></ul>
  3. 3. Outline <ul><li>Info Sources & The Research Process </li></ul><ul><li>Keywords, Synonyms & Related Words </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced Searching Techniques & Search Statements </li></ul><ul><li>LINC+ vs. LINC </li></ul><ul><li>Databases </li></ul><ul><li>Recap, Troubleshooting, Evaluating Info Sources </li></ul><ul><li>Recommending New Books, Endnote, Getting Help </li></ul>
  4. 4.  Information Sources & The Research Process Keywords, Synonyms & Related Words Advanced Searching Techniques & Search Statements LINC+ vs. LINC Databases Recap, Troubleshooting, Evaluating Info Sources Recommending New Books, Endnote, Getting Help
  5. 5. Information Sources <ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>Journal articles </li></ul><ul><li>Conference papers </li></ul><ul><li>Newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Theses & dissertations </li></ul><ul><li>Internet </li></ul>
  6. 6. Information Sources Source Useful for How to Access Books Overview of topics LINC+, LINC Journal articles & conference papers In-depth treatment of topics, usually current and scholarly Databases, e-journals (Most databases do not have full-text articles. Remember to check whether the library has those journals and conference papers, using LINC+ or LINC) Newspapers Recent events, anecdotes, book reviews, interviews, biographical information, “data” Factiva, LexisNexis, microfilms Theses & dissertations Students’ exploration of topics LINC+, LINC, Proquest Dissertations & Theses
  7. 7. Call numbers <ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>PL 5144-5150: Malaysia, Singapore </li></ul><ul><li>PR 9698-9699: Asia </li></ul><ul><li>Location </li></ul>books RBR SMC closed stacks
  8. 8. Selected Biographies & Critical Works <ul><li>Fadiliah Merican, et al. Voices of many worlds: Malaysian literature in English . Singapore: Times, 2004. PL5146 Fad 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Faridah Abdul Manaf, Nor, and Mohammad A. Quayum. Colonial to global: Malaysian women's writing in English 1940s-1990s . Kuala Lumpur: International Islamic University Malaysia, 2001. PL5146 Nor </li></ul><ul><li>Garcia, J. Neil C. Postcolonialism and Filipino poetics: Essays and critiques . Diliman, Quezon City : University of the Philippines Press, 2004. PR9900 Phi.Gar 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Interlogue: Studies in Singapore literature . 8 vols. Singapore: Ethos Books. PL5145 Iss 1 1998 etc </li></ul><ul><li>Kintanar, Thelma B, et al. Emergent voices: Southeast Asian women novelists . Diliman, Quezon City : University of the Philippines Press, 1994. PR9698 Eme </li></ul><ul><li>Lim, Shirley. Nationalism and literature: English-language writing from the Philippines and Singapore . Quezon City: New Day Publishers, 1993. PL5145 Lim </li></ul><ul><li>Quayum, Mohammad A. (Ed). Peninsular muse: Interviews with modern Malaysian and Singaporean poets, novelists and dramatists . Oxford; Bern: Peter Lang, 2007. PL5145 Pen 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Quayum, Mohammad A. and Wong Phui Nam (Eds). Sharing borders: Studies in contemporary Singaporean-Malaysian literature I-II . Singapore: National Library Board, 2009. PR9570 Sin.Sh 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Roxas-Tope, Lily Rose. (Un)Framing Southeast Asia: Nationalism and postcolonial text in English in Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines . Quezon City, Philippines: University of the Philippines, Office of Research Coordination, 1998. PR9698 Rox </li></ul><ul><li>Smyth, David. (Ed). Southeast Asian Writers. Detroit: Gale. 2009. PN451 Dlb 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Wagner, Tamara S. Occidentalism in novels of Malaysia and Singapore, 1819-2004: Colonial and postcolonial financial straits and literary style . Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2005. PL5145 Wag 2005 </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Research Process Identify main keywords List synonyms, related words & variant spellings Create search statement Search for sources using LINC+/LINC & databases Get more sources by checking references Are there enough ? Evaluate quality, currency, relevance, etc. yes no Complete your assignment Topic Re-search
  10. 10. Information Sources & The Research Process  Keywords, Synonyms & Related Words Advanced Searching Techniques & Search Statements LINC+ vs. LINC Databases Recap, Troubleshooting, Evaluating Info Sources Recommending New Books, Endnote, Getting Help
  11. 11. 1: Identify Keywords <ul><li>Topic: How is gender depicted in selected Southeast Asian writing? </li></ul>keyword 1: gender keyword 2: Southeast Asia keyword 3: writing
  12. 12. 2: List Synonyms & Related Words gender writing Southeast Asia literature OR fiction OR novel OR short story OR play OR poetry… Singapore OR Malaysia OR Philippines OR Thailand… sex OR feminity OR masculinity OR stereotypes… exercise
  13. 13. 2: List Synonyms & Related Words broader related words
  14. 14. Information Sources & The Research Process Keywords, Synonyms & Related Words  Advanced Searching Techniques & Search Statements LINC+ vs. LINC Databases Recap, Troubleshooting, Evaluating Info Sources Recommending New Books, Endnote, Getting Help
  15. 15. Advanced Searching: Boolean Operators AND : both terms must be present OR : either terms may be present cats dogs NOT : following term must not be present caution! cats dogs cats dogs
  16. 16. Advanced Searching: Quotation Marks <ul><li>Use quotation marks “ ” to search a phrase </li></ul>E.g. 2: love and vertigo: 14 results “ love and vertigo”: 5 results pride and prejudice: 2851 results “ pride and prejudice”: 1105 results E.g. 1:
  17. 17. Advanced Searching: Asterisk <ul><li>Use asterisk * for truncation and variant forms of a word. Some databases use ? </li></ul>woman, women write, writes, writing, writings, written… E.g. 1: writ* E.g. 2: wom*n poem, poet, poetic, poetical, poetry… E.g. 3: poe* Poe
  18. 18. Advanced Searching: Parentheses <ul><li>Use parentheses ( ) for grouping synonyms or related words </li></ul>(migration OR diaspora) AND Philippines  migration AND Philippines  diaspora AND Philippines E.g.:
  19. 19. Quantity & Quality “ love and vertigo ” love AND vertigo love OR vertigo use AND to refine your search use OR to expand your search use “ ” to search exact phrase increase precision 79 13302 9,323,096
  20. 20. 3: Create Search Statement <ul><li>How is gender depicted in selected Southeast Asian writing? </li></ul>gender: sex*, femini* OR masculin* OR stereotyp* Southeast Asia: Singapore OR Malaysia OR Philippines writing: literature OR fiction OR novel OR short stor* OR poe* search statement: (gender OR sex* OR femini* OR masculin* OR stereotyp*) AND (southeast asia or singapore or malaysia or philippines) AND (writing OR literature OR fiction OR novel OR short stor* OR poe*)
  21. 21. Information Sources & The Research Process Keywords, Synonyms & Related Words Advanced Searching Techniques & Search Statements  LINC+ vs. LINC Databases Recap, Troubleshooting, Evaluating Info Sources Recommending New Books, Endnote, Getting Help
  22. 22. 4. Search for Sources: LINC+ vs. LINC <ul><ul><li>search many fields (title, author, keyword, subject) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>good for browsing & discovery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>search one field (title, author, keyword, subject, call #, etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>limit the location & collection, e.g. journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>good for precise search </li></ul></ul>LINC+ LINC
  23. 23. 4. Search for Sources: LINC+/LINC vs. Databases <ul><li>LINC+/LINC </li></ul><ul><li>search for books, journals, audio-visual materials, theses, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Databases </li></ul><ul><li>search for journal articles, book chapters & reviews, conference proceedings, etc </li></ul><ul><li>most databases provide citations & abstracts; some have full-text articles (or links) </li></ul>
  24. 24.  Break
  25. 25. <ul><li>Information Sources & The Research Process </li></ul><ul><li>Keywords, Synonyms & Related Words </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced Searching Techniques & Search Statements </li></ul><ul><li>LINC+ vs. LINC </li></ul><ul><li>Databases </li></ul><ul><li>Recap, Troubleshooting, Evaluating Info Sources </li></ul><ul><li>Recommending New Books, Endnote, Getting Help </li></ul>
  26. 26. 4. Search for Sources: Databases (DB) <ul><li>Literature Databases </li></ul><ul><li>Literature Online </li></ul><ul><li>MLA International Bibliography </li></ul><ul><li>General Databases </li></ul><ul><li>Factiva </li></ul><ul><li>PERIND </li></ul><ul><li>JSTOR </li></ul><ul><li>Project Muse </li></ul><ul><li>Proquest Dissertations & Theses </li></ul><ul><li>Scopus </li></ul><ul><li>Web of Science </li></ul><ul><li>BAS (Bibliography of Asian Studies) </li></ul>
  27. 27. DB #1: Literature Online <ul><li>biographies, bibliographies, articles, monographs, literary criticism and reference sources </li></ul><ul><li>searches content from MLA International Bibliography, ABELL, JSTOR--> issue </li></ul>Demo
  28. 28. Demo search author
  29. 29.
  30. 30.
  31. 31. biographical information
  32. 32. search criticism & reference
  33. 33. author/subject(s) search: Aw, Tash
  34. 34. 5 results click on record
  35. 35. getting the full-text article
  36. 36. getting the full-text article
  37. 37. getting the full-text article
  38. 38. getting the full-text article
  39. 39. DB #2: MLA International Bibliography <ul><li>scholarly books & articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore and linguistics </li></ul><ul><li>coverage: literature from all over the world, works on literature transmitted orally, in print, or in audio-visual media </li></ul>Hands-on
  40. 40. gender OR sex* OR femini* OR mascul* OR stereotyp*) AND (southeast asia OR singapore OR malaysia OR philippines) AND (writing OR literature OR fiction OR novel OR short stor* OR poe*) use keyword search Hands-on
  41. 41. sort by relevance format refine results
  42. 42. print, email, or download citation
  43. 43. DB #3: Factiva <ul><li>full-text articles from major newspapers around the world, e.g. Straits Times, New York Times, Financial Times, etc </li></ul><ul><li>company information for listed companies around the world </li></ul>Hands-on
  44. 44. DB #3: Factiva go to Search > Search builder Hands-on
  45. 45. Hands-on author’s name or search statement source: search by newspaper title or browse choose date
  46. 46. sort by relevance select article heading after marking records: view in one page, email, print, or save click to mark record
  47. 47. Here’s the article email, print, or save article
  48. 48. DB #4: Perind <ul><li>index to articles about Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and ASEAN (as an entity) </li></ul><ul><li>subjects range from the humanities and social sciences to business and management, architecture, building, law and medicine </li></ul>Demo
  49. 49. Demo
  50. 50. ethnic* OR race AND malaysia AND writing OR literature OR novel OR short story OR poem basic index Demo
  51. 51. Demo select one record
  52. 52. Here’s the citation Demo
  53. 53. DB #5: JSTOR <ul><li>back issues of journals in the humanities and social sciences from the earliest issues to within a few years of current publication </li></ul>
  54. 54.
  55. 55. search “scorpion orchid” (phrase search) limit search if necessary
  56. 56. select record sort by relevance
  57. 57. Here’s the full-text download PDF
  58. 58. Information Sources & The Research Process Keywords, Synonyms & Related Words Advanced Searching Techniques & Search Statements LINC+ vs. LINC Databases  Recap, Troubleshooting, Evaluating Info Sources Recommending New Books, Endnote, Getting Help
  59. 59. Recap <ul><li>When searching databases: </li></ul><ul><li>select fields e.g. article title, abstract, keyword </li></ul><ul><li>limit search by type (article, books), date, peer-reviewed, etc </li></ul><ul><li>sort results by relevance </li></ul><ul><li>note citation : jot, save, print or email </li></ul><ul><li> Check LINC/LINC+ for journal or book </li></ul>Quality (relevance) vs Quantity
  60. 60. Troubleshooting Search Results <ul><li>If your results are </li></ul><ul><li>too many : use more (precise) keywords </li></ul><ul><li>too few : use synonyms, use OR </li></ul><ul><li>too many irrelevant : exclude keywords that are too general </li></ul><ul><li>zero : use more general keywords, reduce number of keywords or redefine your research topic </li></ul><ul><li>Quite often, you’ll need to refine your keywords through trial & error . </li></ul><ul><li>If you need help, check with your professor or ask a librarian !  </li></ul>
  61. 61. Evaluating Information Sources <ul><li>relevance: to your topic </li></ul><ul><li>authority: reputable publisher, society or organisation; author’s credentials, institutional affiliation </li></ul><ul><li>accuracy: methods of research; means to verify data; support by references </li></ul><ul><li>comprehensiveness: range of viewpoints to support arguments </li></ul><ul><li>objectivity: biasness </li></ul><ul><li>currency: up-to-date </li></ul><ul><li>scholarly: peer reviewed, cited </li></ul>
  62. 62. Information Sources & The Research Process Keywords, Synonyms & Related Words Advanced Searching Techniques & Search Statements LINC+ vs. LINC Databases Recap, Troubleshooting, Evaluating Info Sources  Recommending New Books, Endnote, Getting Help
  63. 63. Recommending New Books <ul><li>Use e-form </li></ul>
  64. 64. EndNote <ul><li>A bibliographic management software that: </li></ul><ul><li>stores and organizes references from sources eg. library catalogues, databases etc </li></ul><ul><li>inserts these citations into a Word document </li></ul><ul><li>formats your references according to citation style </li></ul><ul><li>Step by step guide for EndNote: </li></ul><ul><li>http://libpweb1.nus.edu.sg/lion/e/endnoteGuide.html </li></ul>Sessions: 24 March (Lecture) 30 & 31 March (Tutorials)
  65. 65. Getting Help Phone 6516-2029/30 Email [email_address] (ELL queries) askalib@nus.edu.sg (general queries) Walk in information desk (CL, level 5) Guides Library Instruction ONline (LION) Subject Guide
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