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Research Process Overview

  1. 1. PRESENTED BY: ANN GISH, MLIS ACCESS SERVICES LIBRARIAN LIBRARY WEBSITE WWW.GRPC.LIBRARY.AB.CA Research Process Overview
  2. 2. Step 1: Decide on a topic <ul><li>Read your assignment: </li></ul><ul><li>Know the length and format of your paper. </li></ul><ul><li>Know what types of information formats you need. </li></ul><ul><li>Decide on your topic: </li></ul><ul><li>Is it broad enough? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it too specific? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you interested in this topic? </li></ul><ul><li>Write down your topic in a sentence or two. </li></ul><ul><li>Start searching! </li></ul>Book Journal or Magazine Internet Site
  3. 3. Finding Books: NEOS Library Catalogue <ul><li>NEOS Library Catalogue: </li></ul><ul><li>books from over 20 libraries in the province </li></ul><ul><li>can place holds on books from other libraries </li></ul><ul><li>books are sent to GPRC by courier </li></ul>Sample Subject Search
  4. 4. Search Results <ul><li>You are provided with a list of search results. Here are the first two from our search. </li></ul><ul><li>You get the following information: </li></ul><ul><li>Title Author Owning Library </li></ul>To get more information about the book, click on the title or on
  5. 5. To request this book from Augustana, click on Request/Hold This Item Call Number
  6. 6. Type in: User ID = Library Barcode PIN (last four digits of your barcode) Select Grande Prairie Regional College <ul><li>When the book arrives at GPRC you will get an email at your GPRC student email account letting you know you can pick the book up. </li></ul><ul><li>You can have the book for two weeks. </li></ul><ul><li>If no one else wants the book you can you renew it twice. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Finding Articles <ul><li>Articles on your topic can be found by searching databases. </li></ul><ul><li>A database contains citations, abstracts and sometimes the full-text of an article. </li></ul><ul><li>Databases are searched by subject. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Search Complete </li></ul><ul><li>Business Source Complete </li></ul><ul><li>Communication & Mass Media Complete </li></ul>
  8. 8. Finding the right database: Click on Databases/Articles under the Find Column on the Library Home page.
  9. 9. Choose the Subject you want. We are going to choose Business
  10. 10. The list is in alphabetical order so read the descriptions to help you decide which database to choose
  11. 11. Setting up your search. Enter your search terms in the boxes provided.
  12. 12. Search Results
  13. 13. What to do next: 1. Read the abstract 2. Save to a folder 3. Print
  14. 14. If your article is not available full-text. Click on
  15. 15. The service will search all GPRC databases to find full-text. Click on the title of the database to get to the full-text.
  16. 16. Interlibrary Loan: If GPRC doesn’t have the full-text. You will be taken to your Interlibrary Loan account where you can submit your request. When the article arrives you get an email message at your GPRC student account.
  17. 17. <ul><li>START YOUR RESEARCH EARLY </li></ul><ul><li>TALK TO YOUR INSTRUCTOR IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS. </li></ul><ul><li>ASK LIBRARY STAFF AT THE REFERENCE DESK FOR ASSISTANCE. </li></ul>Final Suggestions

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