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  1. 1. UWinnipeg Library: Negotiating Information Resources Alex Homanchuk Contact: [email_address] 204.786.9815 Visit: Reference Desk, 4 nd floor, Centennial
  2. 2. Objectives Using Article Databases Building an effective search Some resources available through UWinnipeg Locating and evaluating online resources
  3. 3. Find a copy of the following: <ul><li>Sarah/Sodom: Birth, Destruction, and Synchronic Transaction N Levine in Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 2006 </li></ul>
  4. 4. How did you find it? <ul><li>Library catalogue? </li></ul><ul><li>Journal search? </li></ul><ul><li>Article Database? </li></ul><ul><li>Periodical indexes? </li></ul><ul><li>Google? </li></ul><ul><li>Etc.? </li></ul>
  5. 5. How did you find it? <ul><li>Difference between resources on the web and article databases </li></ul><ul><li>Known-item searching </li></ul>
  6. 6. What if it’s not in Google and the library doesn’t have it? <ul><li>Journals we do not subscribe to also appear in article databases </li></ul><ul><li>You may come across a reference to a book or article unavailable in the library </li></ul><ul><li>Tools: </li></ul><ul><li>Information about the whereabouts of these items can be found in a periodical directory like Ulrich’s or a union catalogue such as WorldCat </li></ul>
  7. 7. Why search a database to find journal articles? <ul><li>Because flipping through all the journals on the 5th floor will take WAY too much time! </li></ul><ul><li>Many journals are available only in electronic formats </li></ul><ul><li>Databases allow you to search for articles by topic/keyword. </li></ul><ul><li>Because Google or Google Scholar does not index articles from all databases, and most full-text resources must be obtained through the Library’s website </li></ul>
  8. 8. Article Databases <ul><ul><ul><li>Databases index, abstract and often contain full-text of thousands of journal articles </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Each article is a record containing a variety of fields such as author, title, journal title, abstract or subject </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>When searching databases you need to be cognizant of the level of detail in the item records (sophistication of metadata) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Databases will commonly allow you to perform keyword searches in multiple fields </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Article Databases: Records
  10. 10. Article Databases <ul><li>ATLA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This database provides a collection of major religious and theology journals selected by religion scholars in the United States. ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials contains full text journals representing all major religious faiths, denominations and language groups are included. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited abstracting (no full-text searching), use subject terms </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Article Databases <ul><li>JSTOR </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A multi-disciplinary collection of over 190 full-text journals, usually with full runs of each title except for the five most recent years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full-text of dozens of journals pertinent to religious studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited metadata, no subjects but offers full-text searching </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Article Databases: others… <ul><ul><ul><li>Multidisciplinary databases such as Proquest Research Library and Academic Search Elite </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>America: History and Life and Historical Abstracts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>pick up on many of the religious trends, historically, in different countries, so they are a useful addition to a search that might begin with ATLA or JSTOR </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PsycInfo </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Contains materials on the psychology of religion or religious beliefs. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Online sources and tools <ul><li>Google scholar - Citation Index </li></ul><ul><li>Wabash Center </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A selective, annotated guide to a wide variety of electronic resources of interest to those who are involved in the study and practice of religion: syllabi, electronic texts, electronic journals, web sites, bibliographies, liturgies, reference resources, software, etc. The purpose of the Guide is to encourage and facilitate the incorporation of electronic resources into teaching. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Evaluating a source <ul><li>Authority </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Does the author have adequate qualifications/expertise? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Is the work cited in other writings (especially articles in comparable fields)? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Are the author's qualifications given? Where is the author employed? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Who is the sponsoring agency, organization, or institution for the periodical? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What are the agency's/organization's credentials and reputation? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Evaluating a source: Authority <ul><li>Scholarly Journals: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Journals are often “academic” or “scholarly” because the articles within them: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>are written by and for researchers/ academics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>are long, in-depth </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>include references or a bibliography </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>are peer reviewed… </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Many, but not all, academic or scholarly journals are also “ peer-reviewed ” because the articles within them are evaluated and examined by experts in the same field of study before publication to ensure accuracy/credibility. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Evaluating a source <ul><li>Currency </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>When was the article published? Does that matter? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Is the information current? Should it be? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Are current research findings and/or theories evident? Should they be? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Evaluating a source <ul><li>Purpose and Audience </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What is the article's purpose? Is the purpose stated or implied? Does that matter? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Does the article try to persuade, inform, or prove something? How so? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Is the article a primary or secondary source? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Who is its intended audience? How might this influence its content? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What type of periodical published the article (scholarly, popular, trade, etc.)? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Search Tip # 4 <ul><li>Build your search using and, or and parentheses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>( cultur * or societ *) and (“ body modification ” or tattoo * or piercing ) </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Questions? <ul><li>Need Help? Just Ask! </li></ul><ul><li>Email: </li></ul><ul><li>Tel: 204.786.9815 </li></ul><ul><li>Visit: Reference Desk, 4 th floor, Centennial </li></ul>