WHAT IS LIBRARY ETHNOGRAPHY?• Ethnography- A descriptive work (paper, journal entry, scholarly article, RESEARCH PAPER etc.) produced from researching a particular field of interest.• For the purpose of this power point, we will discuss how to get started with the process by finding text to derive information from.
SITUATIONYou are in class and you are notified of a researchproject (sound familiar?). And your professor says“No online assistance. Go to Ingram to track downsources for your topic.”
DECISIONS , DECISIONSBefore you panic and hyperventilate. You HAVE OPTIONS! :You can:• A) Panic!• B) Cry and pitch a fit .• C) Ask for help!• D)Don’t do the project.• What do you choose?
ANSWERIf you picked A,B, or D, then you need to pay attention to this presentation.If you picked C, You may still want to pay attention.
HOW DO I FIND BOOKS?That isn’t hard as it seems you can use Galileo (libraries have their own version) that allows to look up books and find their Decimal Number.You can the librarian for Assistance. Which can useful.You can get help from a friend which is key for late nights.
DEWEY DECIMALAs complicated as it may seem, the system really isn’t. For us at least.It’s really simple because for the most part its categorized by genre, author or in some cases book name.It ranges from 100-900 in most university libraries because of the large amount of majors and nuances in research.
RULES OF ENGAGEMENTThe Dewey Decimal is very exact and really isn’t supposed to be tampered with after everything. Once the system is complete, books shouldn’t be changed at all. Doing so means you may have to categorize every book in the library again!
NEXT!Once you find the area of the book, now you have to figure out where on the shelf it is.At this point you can look for the title and find it or if you wrote the decimal down and figure it out that way.The books maybe out of order so looking for the title is best.
I HAVE THE BOOK. NOW WHAT?Now that you found the book(s) you needed, you can sit down and properly take information out of it. Keep in mind to cite your sources!OR you may check it out do it elsewhere.