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FDLS 110


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FDLS 110

  1. 1. Research Methods Florence Tang Liaison to the College of Continuing and Professional Studies for the Atlanta Campus 678-547-6261
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  4. 4. Cornell University Library definition of a reference librarian Reference Librarian Reference librarians are specialists in the field of information retrieval. Generally they have a Masters degree in library science… They are available at reference desks to help you find the information you are looking for.
  5. 5. Questions? Ask the Reference Desk! (678) 547-6282 (Atlanta) reference/email-reference Reference Hours M - Th F Sat Sun 9AM-10PM 9AM-6PM 10AM-6PM 1PM-9PM Add askmercer as your buddy!
  6. 6. Remember to start your research early. Not everything can be found full-text online or at all hours. o Interlibrary Loan o Interlibrary Use o Print copies of books and journals o Databases unavailable from off-campus o Reference Librarian
  7. 7. • Background Reading & Brainstorming • Develop the topic • Focus the topic Encyclopedias
  8. 8. “Scholarly” Journals • Periodicals used by researchers to share their findings with one another and the public. • They contain articles describing new research or ideas written in a formal manner that includes background information, methods used, results/interpretation and significance. • Research articles are peerreviewed
  9. 9. Scholarly Journals How do I tell? • May contain graphs and charts. • Written by a scholar in the field or by someone who has done research in the field. Degrees attained and institutional affiliations are often included by the authors’ names. • Always cite their sources in the form of footnotes or bibliographies • No glossy pages or pictures • No advertisements
  10. 10. Examples of Scholarly Journals
  11. 11. Popular Magazines How do I tell? • Slick, glossy and attractive in appearance. • Lots of graphics (photographs, drawings, etc.). • Articles are usually very short, written in simple language . • Generally little depth to the content of these articles.
  12. 12. Examples of Popular Magazines
  13. 13. Both are considered scholarly
  14. 14. Web Sites The good…  Immediate coverage of an event  Access to information that is not available in print format  Statistics  Graphs
  15. 15. Websites The ugly  Self publishing medium  No filters  No standard  No organizers
  16. 16. Finding Books Use a CATALOG to find books The library catalog is called BEARCAT. When you search BEARCAT, you will find books that are located in the Swilley Library or another Mercer Library.
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  18. 18. Number of books found with this term
  19. 19. Is this book here now?
  20. 20. Links to other books about your topic.
  21. 21. Finding Articles To find Articles, use a database or index • A database is a collection of citations for articles or similar information • Some databases will contain full texts of articles • Some databases are specific (such as Education or Business) and some cover many subjects
  22. 22. Finding Articles • Choose the appropriate database • Find full-text articles OR – Find a citation – Check to see if your library has the journal in another database – If not, we can order it for you via InterLibrary Loan.
  23. 23. To find articles, choose a database.
  24. 24. This shows a list of general databases. These are called multi-disciplinary, which means you can find information about many subjects.
  25. 25. Sign in to My Research to save searches, and marked articles.
  26. 26. Sign in to My Research to save searches, and marked articles.
  27. 27. Limit your search to scholarly journals and/or full text documents or…
  28. 28. A citation includes information to help you identify each article, such as the article’s title, the journal’s title and the article’s page numbers. Full text is available. Click on this link Full text is not available here, but maybe we can get it another way.
  29. 29. Links to other articles about the topic. Full text is not available here, but maybe we can get it another way.
  30. 30. Sign in to My EBSCOhost to save searches, and marked articles. Limit your search to scholarly journals and/or a specific date range.
  31. 31. Do not • Share your GALILEO password or MUID with others. • Upload an article to a webpage that others can access. • Copy and paste sections of an article into your paper without using quotations.
  32. 32. Citing Always show from where you got your information.
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