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    1. 1. Accessing the CCNY Electronic Library Professor Rob Laurich Chief of User Services and Collection Development CCNY Libraries 212 650-7153 [email_address]
    2. 2. The Beginning Stage— What am I trying to say in my research? What is my main idea? <ul><li>First create a run-on sentence trying to describe your research idea; </li></ul><ul><li>Look for alternative words and phrases to the words you have chosen; </li></ul><ul><li>Once you have your statement, circle the keywords and rank their importance. </li></ul>
    3. 3. The Terms of Searching <ul><li>AND </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>NOT </li></ul>
    4. 4. Using parentheses in Searching <ul><li>Genocide and Bosnia </li></ul><ul><li>Genocide and (Bosnia or Yugoslavia or Croatia or Serbia) </li></ul><ul><li>(Genocide and (Bosnia or Yugoslavia or Serbia)) not Kosovo </li></ul>
    5. 5. What is a Literature Review? <ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>Periodical and Newspaper Articles </li></ul><ul><li>Statistical Information </li></ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia Materials </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews </li></ul>
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    7. 7. Database page
    8. 10. Databases for you to focus on-- <ul><li>CUNY+ </li></ul><ul><li>Ebscohost : </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Premier </li></ul><ul><li>Business Source Premier </li></ul><ul><li>America: History & Life/ Historical Abstracts </li></ul><ul><li>Lexis-Nexis </li></ul><ul><li>Ethnic Newswatch </li></ul><ul><li>Gale Virtual Reference </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic Reserves (ERES) </li></ul>
    9. 11. CUNY + <ul><li>Paper Journals owned by CUNY </li></ul><ul><li>Books and Government Documents </li></ul><ul><li>Audio Visual Materials </li></ul>
    10. 18. The Ebscohost Databases <ul><li>Select your Database(s) : </li></ul><ul><li>34 Databases to choose from--- </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Premier is the largest Academic Database in the world. 4,700 full text journals, 3,600 are peer reviewed. </li></ul><ul><li>Business Source Premier is the most used business database with 2,300 journals, 1,100 full text. </li></ul>
    11. 19. Once the Databases are selected: <ul><li>Choose your keywords </li></ul><ul><li>Decide if you want peer reviewed </li></ul><ul><li>Select full text </li></ul><ul><li>Decide if you need to search by a specific date </li></ul>
    12. 20. Magazine/Newspaper articles vs. Peer Reviewed <ul><li>Magazine and newspaper articles are written by journalists whom are not necessarily an expert on the topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Articles are selected by an editor for publication </li></ul><ul><li>Revenue is mainly from advertisement. </li></ul><ul><li>Articles may be published within a day </li></ul><ul><li>Peer reviewed are written by experts--Researchers, College Professors and Graduate Students. </li></ul><ul><li>Articles are sent out for review to a panel of experts. </li></ul><ul><li>Revenue is mainly from subscriptions. </li></ul><ul><li>Articles take 2 months to two years to be published </li></ul>
    13. 25. HTML vs. PDF
    14. 26. America: History & Life/ Historical Abstracts <ul><li>Different from the other databases in that it is an Index Only—no Full Text. </li></ul><ul><li>You can search by World History or U.S./Canadian History </li></ul><ul><li>You will need to check CUNY+ AND the Alphabetical List of Journal Titles Online </li></ul>
    15. 29. LEXIS/NEXIS <ul><li>Lexis is the legal materials side of the database, Nexis is the full text newspaper side. </li></ul><ul><li>Nexis has a ‘Quick News Search’ that is searched by keyword and will give 125 articles from the last 2 years. </li></ul><ul><li>The ‘Guided News Search’ is a 5 step search that cover at least 20 years of materials. </li></ul><ul><li>Searches in Business, Legal Research, Medical News and General Reference. </li></ul>
    16. 33. Ethnic Newswatch <ul><li>1.1 Million full text articles from 264 publications from ethnic communities throughout the US. </li></ul><ul><li>Bilingual: Spanish & English. </li></ul><ul><li>You may search by Ethnic Group: </li></ul><ul><li>African American/African/Caribbean, Arab/Middle Eastern, Asian/Pacific Islander, European/Eastern European, Hispanic, Jewish, Multi Ethnic & Native People. </li></ul>
    17. 35. Gale Virtual Reference <ul><li>Hundreds of Full Text Reference books; </li></ul><ul><li>Can search individual title or all; </li></ul><ul><li>Lets you know the percentage of relevancy the search has to the article. </li></ul>
    18. 38. Electronic Reserves <ul><li>Electronic Reserves are digital materials your professor put on ‘reserve’ for you. </li></ul><ul><li>These materials range from full text chapters in books to articles and citations for materials available in Cohen Library. </li></ul>
    19. 39. Electronic Reserves <ul><li>After selecting Electronic Reserves, Click the “Current Semester Reserve Items” </li></ul><ul><li>Then Search By your Professor’s name </li></ul><ul><li>You will see a listing of the courses your Professor is teaching, select your class </li></ul><ul><li>The rules of copyright appear, read it and then click ‘accept’ </li></ul>
    20. 40. Electronic Reserves <ul><li>Once your reach this point, you MUST have the password that was supplied by your professor. </li></ul>
    21. 41. The Internet-- How to surf for Websites <ul><li>Authority-- Who put this page together? </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy--Is there a way to check their facts? </li></ul><ul><li>Objectivity--What is their bias? </li></ul><ul><li>Currency--When was it last updated? </li></ul><ul><li>Coverage--What timeframe and range of information are covered? </li></ul>Five Criteria for evaluating Web sites:
    22. 42. Websites that may be useful: <ul><li>The Googles </li></ul><ul><li>The Stanford University Libraries Slavery webpage </li></ul><ul><li>Human Rights Watch </li></ul><ul><li>CIA: The World Factbook </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Globalization101 </li></ul>
    23. 43. !!!WARNING!!! <ul><li>Do not rely on one source, be it a database, website or book. A combination of the various tools must be searched to exhaust the most possibilities. </li></ul>
    24. 44. Beware temptation! <ul><li>Don’t even think of using Wikipedia for your Research!!! </li></ul>
    25. 45. Finally! Time to Write your Paper! <ul><li>Refdesk http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Merriam-Webster Online </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Media Research Center </li></ul><ul><li>The Writing Center of the University of Wisconsin--Madison http:// </li></ul>
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