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Presentation shown during PTSA workshop about the online resources available through the MW Library to support student success on research assignments.

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  • MW LIBRARY WENDY SELLORS DECEMBER 2008 Online Resources for Research
  • By gotplaid?
  • By JPDaigle
  • Workshop agenda
    • The role of the MW Library program at MLWGS
    • The MW Library’s blog, online catalog, and wiki
    • Getting more from Google and Wikipedia
    • Finding scholarly and primary sources
    • Borrowing privileges at VCU Libraries
    • Online tools to support research
    • Q & A
    • Nurturing curiosity,
    • encouraging inquiry,
    • and empowering students to succeed in their quest to know, understand, and create…
    The MW Library @ MLWGS
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  • Top blog pages/links
    • Databases
    • VCU Libraries
    • Open sources
    • Link to the MW Library’s bookmark account
    • Link to Destiny , our online library catalog
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  • Most popular pages of wiki
    • Pages about Google apps
    • Model UN research guide
    • Literary criticism research guide
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    • STRATEGIC USE
    Google and Wikipedia
  • Getting more out of Google
    • Use Google’s customized search tools
      • News
      • Scholar
      • Book
    • Build a foundational knowledge in a topic by reading 2-3 reference sources before searching the open web
    • Use Google’s free online applications
      • Documents, spreadsheets, and presentations
      • iGoogle
      • Calendar
  • Strategic use of Wikipedia
    • Use in combination with 1-2 other reference sources
    • Harvest key words and phrases
    • Check references ( beware of articles without them )
    • Follow external links
    • SOURCE SELECTION
    • AND
    • SEARCH STRATEGIES
    Scholarly & primary sources (not including current news)
    • Sciences
    • Humanities
    • Science Direct*
    • JSTOR
    • Gale PowerSearch
    • Opposing Viewpoints RC
    • Articles from Scientific American seldom qualify as primary
    • Project MUSE*
    • JSTOR
    • Gale PowerSearch
    • Literary Reference Ctr
    • CIAO
    • DDC and MML
    • History RC’s
    Selecting subscription databases *On-campus access only!
    • Sciences
    • Humanities
    • Google Scholar
    • Highwire Press
    • PubMed
    • Public Library of Science
    • BioMed and PhysMath
    • Archives of pre-prints (a.k.a. e-prints)
    • Google Scholar
    • Google Uncle Sam
    • USASearch
    • Thomas.gov
    • Archives of historic documents, photos, etc.
    Supplementing with open sources
  • Open web searches for scholarly sources
    • To find guides compiled by reference librarians, search for a broad topic term (e.g. genocide, war crimes) in combination with one of the following…
      • Web guide
      • Subject guide
      • Research guide
    • To find academic teams specializing in a topic, search for a broad topic term (e.g. genocide, war crimes) in combination with one of the following…
      • Research center
      • Center
      • Studies
    • Sciences
    • Humanities
    • Statistics
    • Poll(s)
    • Data (set)
    • Experiment(s)
    • Study(ies)
    • Report(s)
    • Literature review (for leads to primary sources)
    • Archive
    • Collection
    • Museum
    • Diary(ies)
    • Journal(s)
    • Letter(s)
    • Literature review (for leads to primary sources)
    Open web searches for primary sources
    • GOOGLE DOCS AND NOODLE TOOLS
    Online tools to support research
  • Google Docs
    • Google Docs vs. Word and e-mail
    • Requires registering for a free Google account
    • Does not require a G-mail account
    • Is not blocked by the school’s web filter
    • Option to download backup copy of file
  • Noodle Tools
    • What is Noodle Tools ?
    • Requires personal registration referencing our school user name and password
    • Supports APA and MLA documentation styles
    • Does not support Chicago Manuscript Style
    • Option to use note cards feature
    • TAKING RESEARCH TO THE NEXT LEVEL
    VCU Libraries
    • Misconception
    • Reality
    • Borrowing privileges are automatic with enrollment at MLWGS
    • I need a VCU student ID to borrow materials
    • I can use VCU’s databases from home
    • Borrowing privileges require a special form
    • You need your MLWGS ID or a driver’s license
    • If you are dual-enrolled and registered for a VCU e-ID, you can use most of VCU’s databases from home
    VCU Libraries
    • Nurturing curiosity,
    • encouraging inquiry,
    • and empowering students to succeed in their quest to know, understand, and create…
    The MW Library @ MLWGS
  • Tips from your resourceress
    • Use links on the MW Library blog, wiki, and project guides instead of Googling database names
    • Build foundational knowledge of topic by reading two or three reference sources before searching databases or the open web
    • Ask questions and question the answers
    • Reflect, refine, and re-search
    • Use Google Book, Worldcat, and online library catalogs to preview books and check for availability before getting into the car
  • Subscribe to the MW Library blog
    • Use a feed reader like Google Reader or Bloglines
    • Add the feed to your iGoogle home page
    • There’s an MW Library iGoogle gadget too (search MLWGS)
    • This week’s Smoke & Scales mentions the available feed for MLWGS morning announcements
    • WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW?
    Q & A
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