An academic library's purpose is to support the teaching and research of the college or university. Most academic libraries are much larger than public libraries. Generally, non-academic material is not found in an academic library. Differences exist between academic libraries. Larger academic institutions may have subject-specific libraries, like a science library, a law library, and a medical library. Make sure you know that the building you're heading to is where your resources are held.Does a library ever throw things away? Rarely. But sometimes little-used items are stored in a storage area within the library or off-site so other, more heavily-used books, can be placed in the stacks.On-site items will be indicated in the catalog as "Storage." Off-site items will be indicated in the catalog as either Repository or Remote Storage. They can be ordered by making a request at the Circulation Desk.
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The Academic LibraryHeterick Memorial Library
What’s difference?• PURPOSE• SIZE or # of BUILDINGS• TYPES of MATERIALS• AGE and SCOPE of COLLECTION
Mission• Public librarians often find information for you while an Academic librarian will teach you to find the material on your own.• This prepares you for the work ahead
How to do ResearchSeven Steps of the Research ProcessAmended with permission by the Librarians at the Olin and Uris Libraries of Cornell UniversitySTEP 1: IDENTIFY AND DEVELOP YOUR TOPICSTEP 2: FIND BACKGROUND INFORMATIONSTEP 3: FIND INTERNET RESOURCES (ifappropriate for the assignment)STEP 4: USE DATABASES TO FIND PERIODICALARTICLESSTEP 5: EVALUATE WHAT YOU FINDSTEP 6: PULLING IT ALL TOGETHERSTEP 7: CITE WHAT YOU FIND
Research Strategy• What do you mean? – Plan of action – Direction for your efforts – Conduct research in a systematic not haphazard method
Research Strategy•Start big doing backgroundreading•Narrow your topic for a morefocused product•Research narrowed topic usingsubject specific databases•Keep track of bibliographiccitations to avoid trouble downthe road. Ask a question
Background ResearchOxford Reference or any ofthe subject specific Oxfordreference books availableelectronically
Critically evaluating website• Currency • Timeliness of the information• Relevance/Coverage • Depth and importance of the information.• Authority • Source of the information.• Accuracy • Reliability of the information• Purpose/Objectivity • Possible bias present in the information.
Catalogs: For locatingbooks, audiovisualmaterials, governmentdocuments, etcDatabases: Usually for locatingperiodical and newspaper articlesbut may cover other materials aswell.
Ohio Northern University Libraries Heterick Memorial Taggart Law Library Library UndergraduateLibrary for Law Library School
L IBRARY C ATALOG : P OLARStart your search using the basickeyword search.
Library Catalog: PolarKeyword Search•Looks in several locations (usuallysubject, article title, abstracts or contents)•Does not require an exact match•Generates comparatively large number ofhits (not precise)•Good if you are not familiar withterminology•Look for the same or similar words whichkeep appearing
LIBRARY CATALOG: POLARSubject Search•Looks in one place – subject•Usually requires an exact matchbetween your term and a pre-set list ofterms•Precise (motion pictures -- review)•Can be used after keyword searchhas identified specific subjects
Finding Articles: General DatabaseBoolean OperatorsAND – use to narrow your search,Ozone layer and greenhouse gasesOR – use to expand your search,Ocean or seaNOT – use to exclude a search termCloning not sheep
Finding Articles: General DatabaseSome articles are available full-text in PDF or HTMLformat. Use the Find It! button for those that are not.
Finding Articles: General DatabaseArticle not available in current database, butfound in another database, by clicking the FindIt! button.
Finding Articles: General DatabaseOptions available to print articles, email them toyourself, or to save them to a flash drive.