M1 Research Skills
Michele Laing
mlaing@uwaterloo.ca
What you’ll learn today
-How to manage your research
-Research resources
-Search tips
-Obtaining resources beyond UW
Before starting your research
 - Say YES to Name Release
1. - Set up a RefWorks account
2. - Authenticate if working outs...
Start Here: www.lib/uwaterloo.ca/musagetes/index.html
Name Release
“Yes” means library
staff can give out
your phone # or
e-mail address
Get a RefWorks Account
Create an account
- Add citations from Primo
- Import citations from
databases
- Create folders by
subject
- Automatically...
RefWorks Tutorials
Authenticate your status
You must authenticate
you’re a member of the
uW community to
access resources paid
for by the lib...
Connect from Home
Beginning your research
 What do you know?
 - book, article, webpage, conversation?
 What concepts/keywords can you pul...
Resources
 What resources will you need?
 - books
 - articles/newspapers
 - authoritative/academic web information
 -...
Search strategy
 1. Selected keywords
 2. Combined with Boolean Operators [AND, OR, NOT]
 3. Setting limits/using punct...
What does this look like?
Primo results
Mark records RefWorks
Other library catalogues
 Why search them?
 -
 -
 -
Architecture Guide
Click on
“Find
Books”
tab
WorldCat
WorldCat.org
Search results
Read
online
WorldCat search results
Where is it?
Read it online
Read it online
Read it online
What if we don’t have it locally?
Getting resources beyond uW
Login to RACER
 Login:
 Your Watcard number
 Password:
 Your last name
 Your Library:
 Waterloo
Search the RACER catalogue
Find your title
Choose any
title and click
on “Get it” to
access the
request form
RACER Request form
Choose your pickup location
Questions so far?
Theses
The most popular
database
Search a database
Search results
Set up an Alert
Finding Journal Articles
Choose a subject
Choose a database
Explains how
punctuation
symbols can
make your
search more
effective
Search results
No links to full text;
email your results or
search these sources
in Primo
JStor
JStor search
Mark citations  RefWorks
Follow up leads in the bibliography
But the journal isn’t available at uW?
Request an article thru RACER
 - Use the “Blank Request
Form”
 - Fill in the required
information manually
Newspapers
Web Resources
 Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com
 - clicking on GetIt@Waterloo will often take you to the
fullte...
Evaluating web pages
 Things to consider:
 - coverage
 - currency
 - authority
 - objectivity
 - accuracy
Library Resources Guides
This
PP will
be
here
GIS Guide
Wrap Up
 1. Be Prepared
 - what am I looking for?
- what search terms/keywords should I use?
- what resources will I nee...
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  • Choose any title and click on “Get It”
  • The bibliographic details of your title will be filled in automatically
  • Resources take at least two weeks to arrive
  • Use correct punctuation for effective searching. Set limits as necessary.
  • Most theses since 1997 can be read online
  • The most appropriate databases are listed under each subject
  • JStor offers fulltext articles from back issues of the core journals in Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences
  • Set limits as required. Coverage varies by journal (excludes current 3 to 5 years).
  • Read the articles online.
  • Search by topic in one of the newspaper databases or search for a specific newspaper from the alphabetical list.
  • This Power Point will be put under the Course Guides tab.
  • M1 oct. 2010

    1. 1. M1 Research Skills Michele Laing mlaing@uwaterloo.ca
    2. 2. What you’ll learn today -How to manage your research -Research resources -Search tips -Obtaining resources beyond UW
    3. 3. Before starting your research  - Say YES to Name Release 1. - Set up a RefWorks account 2. - Authenticate if working outside the School [ “Connect from Home”]
    4. 4. Start Here: www.lib/uwaterloo.ca/musagetes/index.html
    5. 5. Name Release “Yes” means library staff can give out your phone # or e-mail address
    6. 6. Get a RefWorks Account
    7. 7. Create an account - Add citations from Primo - Import citations from databases - Create folders by subject - Automatically format your papers and bibliographies
    8. 8. RefWorks Tutorials
    9. 9. Authenticate your status You must authenticate you’re a member of the uW community to access resources paid for by the library from outside of the School of Architecture
    10. 10. Connect from Home
    11. 11. Beginning your research  What do you know?  - book, article, webpage, conversation?  What concepts/keywords can you pull out? Synonyms?  - seniors, aged, old people  What do you need to know?  - definitions, data, geography
    12. 12. Resources  What resources will you need?  - books  - articles/newspapers  - authoritative/academic web information  - images  - maps/geographical info about site  - government statistics/survey data
    13. 13. Search strategy  1. Selected keywords  2. Combined with Boolean Operators [AND, OR, NOT]  3. Setting limits/using punctuation symbols as necessary
    14. 14. What does this look like?
    15. 15. Primo results
    16. 16. Mark records RefWorks
    17. 17. Other library catalogues  Why search them?  -  -  -
    18. 18. Architecture Guide Click on “Find Books” tab
    19. 19. WorldCat
    20. 20. WorldCat.org
    21. 21. Search results Read online
    22. 22. WorldCat search results
    23. 23. Where is it?
    24. 24. Read it online
    25. 25. Read it online
    26. 26. Read it online
    27. 27. What if we don’t have it locally?
    28. 28. Getting resources beyond uW
    29. 29. Login to RACER  Login:  Your Watcard number  Password:  Your last name  Your Library:  Waterloo
    30. 30. Search the RACER catalogue
    31. 31. Find your title Choose any title and click on “Get it” to access the request form
    32. 32. RACER Request form
    33. 33. Choose your pickup location
    34. 34. Questions so far?
    35. 35. Theses The most popular database
    36. 36. Search a database
    37. 37. Search results
    38. 38. Set up an Alert
    39. 39. Finding Journal Articles
    40. 40. Choose a subject
    41. 41. Choose a database Explains how punctuation symbols can make your search more effective
    42. 42. Search results No links to full text; email your results or search these sources in Primo
    43. 43. JStor
    44. 44. JStor search
    45. 45. Mark citations  RefWorks
    46. 46. Follow up leads in the bibliography
    47. 47. But the journal isn’t available at uW?
    48. 48. Request an article thru RACER  - Use the “Blank Request Form”  - Fill in the required information manually
    49. 49. Newspapers
    50. 50. Web Resources  Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com  - clicking on GetIt@Waterloo will often take you to the fulltext online through UW Library’s catalogue  Google Books: www.googlebooks.com  - can often see TOC or page previews
    51. 51. Evaluating web pages  Things to consider:  - coverage  - currency  - authority  - objectivity  - accuracy
    52. 52. Library Resources Guides This PP will be here
    53. 53. GIS Guide
    54. 54. Wrap Up  1. Be Prepared  - what am I looking for? - what search terms/keywords should I use? - what resources will I need?  2. Be Organized  - try RefWorks  3. Ask for Help!
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