HIST 210Research MethodsFlorence TangLiaison to the College of Continuingand Professional Studies for theAtlanta Campus678email@example.com
Cornell University Library definitionof a reference librarianhttp://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/research/vocab.htmlReference LibrarianReference librarians are specialists inthe field of information retrieval.Generally they have a Mastersdegree in library science… They areavailable at reference desks to helpyou find the information you arelooking for.
Questions? Ask the Reference Desk!(678) 547-6282 (Atlanta)http://libraries.mercer.edu/swilley/reference/email-referenceReference DeskHoursM - Th 9AM-10PMF 9AM-6PMSat 10AM-6PMSun 1PM-9PMAdd askmercer as your buddy!
Florence’s office10:00 AM -7:00 PMMay beworkingweekends ornights.
Remember to start your research early.Not everything can be found full-textonline or at all hours.o Interlibrary Loano Interlibrary Useo Print copies of books andjournalso Databases unavailable fromoff-campuso Reference Librarian
Finding InformationWhat’s out there Books Newspapers/Magazines Journals Websites
“Scholarly” Journals Periodicals used by researchers to sharetheir findings with one another and thepublic. They contain articles describing newresearch or ideas written in a formalmanner that includes backgroundinformation, methods used,results/interpretation and significance. Research articles are peer-reviewed
Scholarly JournalsHow do I tell? May contain graphs and charts. Written by a scholar in the fieldor by someone who has doneresearch in the field. Degreesattained and institutionalaffiliations are often included bythe authors’ names. Always cite their sources in theform of footnotes orbibliographies No glossy pages or pictures No advertisements
Popular MagazinesHow do I tell? Slick, glossy and attractive in appearance. Lots of graphics (photographs, drawings,etc.). Articles are usually very short, written insimple language . Generally little depth to the content ofthese articles.
Web SitesThe good… Immediate coverage of an event Access to information that is notavailable in print format Statistics Graphs
WebsitesThe ugly Self publishing medium No filters No standards No organizers
Books Good for background Comprehensive Information may not be as currentas what you would find in journalarticles or web sites.That might or might not be important.
Finding BooksUse a CATALOG to findbooksThe library catalog is calledBEARCAT.http://library.mercer.eduWhen you searchBEARCAT, you will findbooks that are located inthe Swilley Library oranother Mercer Library.
Subject Headings ExerciseWhat is inside all three cans?
A long keyword search(soft drink) OR pop OR soda OR cola OR (carbonated beverage)Search
Finding ArticlesTo find Articles, use a database or index A database is a collection of citations forarticles or similar information Some databases will contain full texts ofarticles Some databases are specific (such asEducation or Business) and some covermany subjects
Finding Articles Choose the appropriate database Find full-text articles OR Find a citation Check to see if your library has thejournal in another database – If not,we can order it for you via InterLibraryLoan.
This shows a list of general databases.These are called multi-disciplinary, which means you canfind information about many subjects.
Sign in to My Research to savesearches, and marked articles.
Limit your search to scholarlyjournals and/or full textdocuments or…
A citation includes information to helpyou identify each article, such as thearticle’s title, the journal’s title and thearticle’s page numbers.Full text is available.Click on this linkFull text is notavailable here,but maybe wecan get itanother way.
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Sign in to My EBSCOhost tosave searches, and markedarticles.Limit your search to scholarlyjournals, full text documents or aspecific date range.
Assigned readings from Appalachian Journalare accessible to Mercer students viaJSTOR’s Register and Read beta program Register and Read has not beenofficially released and is subject tochange at any time. Only 3 Register and Read articlesmay be used within a 2 weekperiod. Register and Read articles cannotbe printed or read offline. Do not access the article until youintend to read it.
Do not Share your GALILEO password orMUID with others. Upload an article to a webpage thatothers can access. Copy and paste sections of anarticle into your paper without usingquotations.