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  1. 1. LBST 175 Florence Tang Research Services Librarian Social Sciences Team 678-547-6261
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. Florence’s office 10:00 AM -7:00 PM May be working weekends or nights.
  4. 4. Questions? Ask Reference! (678) 547-6282 (Atlanta) Reference Hours M - Th 9AM-9PM F 9AM-6PM Sat 10AM-6PM Sun 1PM-9PM Add askmercer as your buddy!
  5. 5. Printer Email Address
  6. 6. Tonight’s Presentation • Books vs. Journals • Popular vs. Scholarly Journals • Keywords vs. Subject Headings • Boolean search operators • Library guide for class • Library catalog • Article database • Citation manager • Game with prizes!
  7. 7. 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 Reference Librarian
  8. 8. Sources of Information • Books • Internet • Periodicals - Journals, Magazines, Newspapers • Primary sources (e.g. historical letters)
  9. 9. Encyclopedias • Background Reading & Brainstorming • Develop the topic • Focus the topic
  10. 10. Books  Good for background  Comprehensive Information may not be as current as what you would find in journal articles or web sites. That might or might not be important.
  11. 11. “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 peer- reviewed
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. Examples of Scholarly Journals
  14. 14. Examples of Popular Magazines
  15. 15. Both are considered scholarly
  16. 16. Finding Books Use the CATALOG to find books When you search the catalog, you will find books that are located in the Swilley Library or another Mercer Library.
  17. 17. Subject Headings Exercise What is inside all three cans?
  18. 18. A long keyword search (soft drink) or pop or soda or cola or (carbonated beverage) Search
  19. 19. AND A AND B
  20. 20. OR A OR B
  21. 21. NOT A NOT B
  22. 22. Do not • Share your MUID and password 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.
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  24. 24. contest with prizes for winners!
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