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Beginning research fall2011

  1. 1. An Adventure in Research Using Beaman Library Services and Resources Fall 2010
  2. 2. Beaman Library is your starting point for researchResearch materials at your fingertips!Computers for your convenience!Study Rooms available to study by yourself or for a group to gather!Our Library Staff is here for you!
  3. 3. Your Beaman Library Homepage • Access the library catalog & our electronic databases from any computer • Ask a Reference Question??? • Find out information about the library or read the latest library newsletter
  4. 4. Information Resources in Beaman Library - OrganizationLibrary of Congress Classification System (LB 2806 .R38)—Read the call number alphabetically and numerically. Any number after the decimal point is treated like a decimal number.Designators (Ref, Oversize, Buffington…)— Gives you a clue as to where these books are physically located in library. They are special sections unto themselves.Local Collections (Special Collections, Restoration Collection…)
  5. 5. Information Resources in Beaman Library – access toolsBooksArticles (print & electronic)-Scholarly journal articles-Popular magazine articles-Newspaper articlesWebsites
  6. 6. Books!• Reference Books: -use in library only• General Collection: -check out = 3 weeks for undergrads.• eBooks: -access and read online. You must create your own username and password at from a Lipscomb computer and then you can access them from anywhere.
  7. 7. To find a Book…Use…The online catalog• Author Search• Title Search• Subject Search—very specific only searches subject line (which are Library of Congress approved subject headings)• Keyword Search--searches all lines in the record except for Subjects.
  8. 8. Articles!• Scholarly journals -aka “refereed”, “peer- reviewed”, “academic” -articles reviewed and accepted by experts in the field• Magazines, popular and trade journals -Booklist, Southern Living, GQ• Newspapers -The Tennessean, Wall Street Journal
  9. 9. To find an Article…Searching• Use one of the databases from the library’s “Electronic Resources” page --On- and off-campus access• Don’t look for articles in the Catalog!
  10. 10. To find an Article…Sorting • Citation: gives you the information you need to track down the work • Abstract: summary of article + citation • Full Text: complete text of article + citation
  11. 11. To find an Article…Locating• Found sources in a database? Now, how do you find them?
  12. 12. Locating article…pt. 1• If the source located was cited in a database… • Check to see if full-text is available
  13. 13. Locating article…pt. 2• If the source located was not available in full-text in a database… • Check the journal title in the Catalog by doing a Title Search to see if Beaman has the journal in print • Check the journal title in Ebsco A to Z
  14. 14. Locating articles…pt. 3• If the source is not available in print in Beaman Library or full-text via database… • Check other local libraries (in WorldCat or Athena) to see if they have the journal in print • Request the article through Interlibrary Loan (Allow 2 weeks)
  15. 15. Periodicals - LocationCurrent (2011) magazines and journals are arranged alphabetically on open shelves for easy browsing.
  16. 16. Periodicals - Location Bound periodicals are arranged alphabetically and chronologically.
  17. 17. Periodicals - Location Some periodicals are kept on microfilm or microfiche.
  18. 18. Electronic/ Online Resources: Types• General• Subject specific• Government• Military• Commercial• Education
  19. 19. DatabasesTennessee Electronic Library • Academic OneFile • Expanded Academic • Science Database • PowerSearch
  20. 20. DatabasesAlso try…• America: History and Life• Biography Resource Center• Business Source Premier• EBSCOhost• Facts on File• LearningExpress Library (for practice tests and Entrance Exams)• LexisNexis
  21. 21. Search enginessearch specifically for scholarly literature: peer-reviewed papers theses books preprints abstracts technical reportsarranges search results by relevancy
  22. 22. Search engines … a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. electronic journals electronic books bulletin boards databases articles
  23. 23. Evaluating Information from monographs [books] from periodicals from databases
  24. 24. Evaluating books• A recognized author• Timely content• Documentation• Physical appearance
  25. 25. Evaluating Journal Articles Scholarly Journal CharacteristicsWritten for scholars or researchers in a specialized field (medicine, psychology, education)
  26. 26. Evaluating Journal Articles• found in specialized (subject) indexes [Social Sciences Index] usually published quarterly or monthly• mostly print • graphs and/or tables • few or no ads
  27. 27. Evaluating Journal Articles Scholarly Journal Characteristics• cites research• includes notes and/or bibliography• passes review by panel of experts • peer reviewed • refereed
  28. 28. Databases• Academic .edu• Government .gov• Specialized/commercial .com/.org/.net
  29. 29. Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’sWho says it?  Author or sponsor  Credentials of responsible party
  30. 30. Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’sWhat does it claim, assert, etc.?  Purpose of web site  Biased, objective, fair  Factual…in depth  Correct grammar, spelling, etc.
  31. 31. Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’sWhen was it said? • Publication date • Revisions • Links up-to-date
  32. 32. Interlibrary Loan• Question: What do I do if a resource I need is not available in the Beaman Library?• Answer: Use the Interlibrary loan service provided by Beaman Library
  33. 33. Interlibrary LoanFacts about Interlibrary Loan:• Interlibrary Loan is a service provided by Beaman Library to obtain materials NOT owned by Beaman Library.• The conditions of this service are set by the National Interlibrary Loan Code.• The loan period is determined by the lending library.• Athena is an area consortium of local libraries who loan and borrow from one another without charge.• Applications are available at the Reference desk or online in Catacomb. Access form online:
  34. 34. Review: The Power of FiveWhat does scholarly research require?A knowledge of 1. The locations of information resources 2. Organization of information resources 3. The access tools needed for obtaining information regardless of its format 4. The criteria for evaluating information located 5. The rules of scholarly research (proper citing/respect for copyright)