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Demonstration for a research class in the library, using EasyBib to create a bibliography.

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  • Welcome to class. Intro self as Reference Librarian. Point out my desk and invite students to come by any time to say hi or ask a question. Tell the story about how I had the first tour of U. Penn’s library and didn’t know how to use a mouse or find anything at all. The courage it took to ask for help in learning to use the microfiche. 
  • Point out that previous classes have had a tour of the library, met all the librarians, and had some tutoring in searching the catalog & databases. They have already learned some basic search strategies and something about the research/writing process. This class focused on just one part of that process: citations & bibliography done with EasyBib. We will talk a little about keywords and do a search to review what they have already practiced, then focus on citations.
  • Explain that MLA7 is the Modern Language Association’s style guide for the rules in citing sources. Many professors at Geneva require this type of Bib. The rules are very specific as to punctuation, order, & necessary information to include. This session will teach you exactly how to do it quickly & easily.Tell the story of how difficult it was for me to do bibs as a student: if not for these rules I would be a straight A student!! My greatest struggle so now I am still wrestling with it as a career. ASK: why do we always include a bibliography? What is important about citing sources?Get a feel for what they know already about citations. Point out that in addition to giving credit to the original author and showing your prof. that you really did the work, citations give credit to your own thought and research, showing the world beyond the classroom that you are presenting reliable, relevant & respected information from credible sources. As you continue in your specialized field this will become increasingly important. Peer reviewed journals carry more weight in academic respect, and your sources will be scrutinized by those whose opinions matter most to you in your career. Where your information came from is as important as your added thoughts & interpretations.
  • ASK: what discussions have they already had on the topic? Do they already have some thoughts & opinions? What assigned readings have they done? Does anyone have a textbook or packet of readings with them? Have they studied the Mission, etc. already in previous class meetings? Wait for answers & listen closely. Take notes.Discuss keywords: important terms or phrases that you think will be fruitful in a search for literature. Not too broad or specific. A range of possible leads based on what you intuitively feel will be most interesting & bring the most hits. Keep a list & note what gives good results. Revise and refine what works. Share with partners & collaborate. Muddle around thoughtfully. Very important part of research!! Don’t rush through it.
  • Leave this slide up while students brainstorm keywords.
  • Open link in a new tab. Turn & talk to neighbors, use stickies to list possible words. Five minutes tops! Circulate to listen, chat, make suggestions but let them do the thinking!
  • Open links in new tabs. Ask students to come up and demonstrate finding textbook & one article.Give partners 5-10 minutes to search & locate at least one book/article. Encourage them to look up textbook to get bibliographic data. Looking for title, author and/or ISBN. Explain ISBN as key identifier everywhere.
  • Students should have computers so they can follow along and do the same thing while I demonstrate. One student could demo on the screen while I talk, if there is one who knows how to do this already. Have partners work together if they seem unsure or haven’t practiced this already. Keep the pace moving, even if they don’t get all the search things. If you have time you can do more on searching, but the point is just to generate bibliographic data to use in EasyBib. Don’t get distracted by search tips unless you have lots of time!
  • Don’t worry if you don’t find the perfect book right now. We are practicing the process, we don’t need to actually find the best resource at this time. We want to focus on where to find the necessary info to cite the book. Point out the imp. Sections: title, author, “About this Book” MORE info on Google books.
  • On the right pane students must click the “select” button that is cut off the screenshot. Of the two choices, decide which one is the book you want. ISBN number is an international way to identify particular books. It is a very quick way to fill in the bib form. If you don’t have that number just use title & author…
  • Students may use whatever database they think is most relevant.
  • Put in your keywords. If you want to try advanced search go ahead and experiment. See what you notice about using more features!
  • After finding an article, read the abstract and determine if it fits your research interest. Note whether there is a full text available or if you will have to ask a librarian to get the article for you. Then go to and begin to fill in author, title, etc.
  • Copy & Paste or type all the information you can find. DOC numbers are sometimes given to identify articles published on the web. Don’t worry if you can’t find one, just use what you have.
  • Students need to register to save data. They can copy & paste or export this session without registering, but can’t save or open on another computer, or export to Google docs unless they register. It is free & easy & very well worth it!
  • Using EasyBib

    1. 1. Learning & Transitions <br />McCartney Library<br />Geneva College<br />January, 2011<br />
    2. 2. Introduction to Research<br />In this introduction to academic research you will explore resources in the library, practice searching the catalog and databases, and use the bibliographic tools available.<br />
    3. 3. Assignment<br />After this session you will write a two page paper incorporating the resources you are able to find in the library. Include a complete bibliography in the MLA 7 citation style.<br />
    4. 4. Focus & Reflect<br />Your paper should focus on your place as a student in this learning community. Please consider the mission of Geneva college and begin to reflect on what it means to be enrolled in a Christian institution of higher learning.<br />
    5. 5. Geneva’s Mission<br />"The mission of Geneva College is to glorify Godby educating and ministering to a diverse community of studentsfor the purpose of developing servant-leaders, transforming society for the kingdom of Christ.We accomplish this through biblically based programs and services marked by excellence and anchored by the historic, evangelical, and Reformed Christian faith.The curriculum is rooted in the liberal arts and sciences,vocationally focused and delivered through traditional and specialized programs."<br />
    6. 6. Getting Started<br />You may also review Geneva’s foundational conceptsfrom the Geneva web pages.<br />Brainstorm key words to use in searching the library catalog and databases. Write them down.<br />You will have 2 or 3 minutes to come up with a list of keywords and phrases on the role of students at a Christian institution of higher learning such as Geneva. <br />
    7. 7. Gather Resources<br />Search the library catalog and databases using your keywords and phrases.<br />Locate three to five books or peer-reviewed journal articles published in the past ten years on your topic. <br />You may use your textbook and any other articles assigned by your professors.<br />Create citations in MLA 7 using<br />
    8. 8. Search for a Book<br />
    9. 9. Information on a Book<br />McCAT record for a book<br />Go to Google books to get the ISBN<br />
    10. 10. Cite a Book in EasyBib<br />Search with ISBN<br />Select correct information<br />
    11. 11. Search a Database<br />Click “Find an Article”<br />ASC is a place to start<br />
    12. 12. Basic Search <br />
    13. 13. Locate an Article<br />
    14. 14. Information on an Article<br />EasyBib form: Article from a Database<br />Tips<br />Fill in the form with all the information you can find.<br />If you have a DOC number you can quickly build a citation by using it first.<br />Click “Create Citation” when you have completed all the information available.<br />
    15. 15. Create your Bibliography<br />Select the citations<br />Export, C&P, or email!<br />
    16. 16. There’s More!<br />Notebook<br />Click on the Notebook tab in EasyBib to use sticky notes and make an outline.<br />You can organize, color code, drag and drop stickies around the board to plan your paper.<br />Connect each sticky note with the source & add tags.<br />Watch a tutorial<br />YouTube has a series of EasyBib videos that show step by step instructions.<br />Several specific databases are demonstrated.<br />Search YouTube for “EasyBib Videos”<br />
    17. 17. Build a Bibliography<br />Export your citations to a word processor or Google docs. If you have any questions at all please stop by and chat. I want to hear how it goes for you and see if you discover any features I have not shown you. There are more options so keep exploring EasyBib!<br />
    18. 18. Works Cited<br />Medieval Writing Desk. Digital image. Wikimedia Commons. Web. 17 Jan. 2011.<br />"Mission Statement - Geneva College, a Christian College in Pennsylvania (PA)." Geneva College - A Christian College in Western Pennsylvania (PA) Home. Web. 17 Jan. 2011. <>.<br />