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Beginning Research Graduate Education

  1. 1. An Adventure in Research<br />Using Beaman Library<br />Services and Resources<br />Spring 2010<br />
  2. 2. Beaman Library is your starting point for research<br />Research materials at your fingertips! <br />Computers for your convenience!<br />Study Rooms available to study by yourself or for a group to gather!<br />Our Library Staff is here for you!<br />
  3. 3. Your Beaman Library Homepage <br />Access the library catalog & our electronic resources from any computer<br />Ask a Reference Question??? Links you with a librarian for all of your questions<br />Find out information about the library or read the latest library newsletter<br />
  4. 4. The Research Process<br />The research process requires a knowledge of <br /> The locations of information resources<br /> How information resources are organized<br /> The toolsneeded for accessing<br /> information regardless of its format<br /> The criteria for evaluating information retrieved<br />
  5. 5. Information Resources in Beaman Library - Organization<br /><ul><li>Library of Congress Classification System (LB 2806 .R38)
  6. 6. Designators (Ref, Oversize, Buffington…)
  7. 7. Local Collections(Special Collections, Restoration Collection…)</li></li></ul><li>Information Resources in Beaman Library – access tools<br /> Books<br /> Articles (print & electronic)<br /> -Scholarly journal articles<br /> -Popular magazine articles<br /> -Newspaper articles<br />Websites<br />
  8. 8. Books!<br />Reference Books:<br />use in library only<br />General Collection:<br />check out for 4 weeks<br />eBooks:<br />must create username and password on from a Lipscomb computer before using 1st time!<br />access and read online from any computer, anywhere!<br />
  9. 9. To find a Book…<br />Use…<br />The online catalog<br />Author Search<br />Title Search<br />Subject Search<br />Keyword Search<br /><br />
  10. 10. Articles!<br />Scholarly journals<br />-aka “refereed”, “peer-reviewed”, “academic”<br /> -articles reviewed and accepted by experts in the field<br />Magazines, popular and trade journals<br />-Booklist, Southern Living, GQ<br />Newspapers<br />-The Tennessean, Wall Street Journal<br />
  11. 11. To find an Article…Searching<br />Search in a print index<br />Use one of the databases from the library’s “Electronic Resources” page<br /> --On- and off-campus access<br />Don’t look for articles in the Catalog!<br />
  12. 12. To find an Article…Sorting<br />Citation: gives you the information you need to track down the work<br />Abstract: summary of article + citation<br />Full Text: complete text of article + citation<br />
  13. 13. To find an Article…Locating<br />Found sources in a print index or database? Now, how do you find them?<br />
  14. 14. Locating article…pt. 1<br />If the source located was cited in a database…<br /> Check to see if full-text is available<br />
  15. 15. Locating article…pt. 2<br />If the source located was cited in a print index or full-text was not available in a database…<br />Check the journal title in the Catalog by doing a Title Search to see if Beaman has the journal in print<br />
  16. 16. Locating articles…pt. 3<br />If the source is not available in print in Beaman Library or full-text via database…<br />Check other local libraries (in WorldCat or Athena) to see if they have the journal in print<br />Request the article through Interlibrary Loan (Allow 2 weeks)<br />
  17. 17. Websites!<br />Government<br /><br /><br />Military <br /><br /><br />Commercial<br /><br /><br />Education<br /><br /><br />
  18. 18. To find a Website…Search Engines<br />Vast quantities of information<br />Over 2 billion websites and growing daily<br />You find it all…the good, the bad and the ugly…you must EVALUATE!<br />Refine your search whenever possible<br />Use relevant search terms<br />Use phrases when possible<br />Use quotation marks<br />Try Boolean searches (and, or, not, +, -)<br />
  19. 19. To find a Website…via CATACOMB<br />Approximately 150 links to databases and web sites are cataloged in Catacomb.<br /><br />
  20. 20. Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s<br />Who says it?<br /><ul><li>Author or sponsor?
  21. 21. Credentials of responsible party?
  22. 22. “Google” the author or sponsor for more information
  23. 23. Is there a way to determine the origin?
  24. 24. Look at the header or footer
  25. 25. Look at the URL
  26. 26. Look at the domain
  27. 27. Example: Wikipedia</li></li></ul><li>Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s<br />What does it claim, assert, etc.?<br /><ul><li>Purpose of web site
  28. 28. Informational?
  29. 29. Are they trying to sell something?
  30. 30. Biased, objective, fair
  31. 31. Is there a political or business agenda?
  32. 32. Factual…in depth
  33. 33. Correct grammar, spelling, etc.
  34. 34. Example: DHMO
  35. 35. Example: Greenpeace</li></li></ul><li>Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s<br />When was it said?<br />Publication date<br />Revisions<br />Links up-to-date<br />Example: Oncolink<br />
  36. 36. Review: The Power of Five<br />What does scholarly research require?<br />A knowledge of<br />1. The locationsof information resources<br />2.Organization of information resources<br />3. The access tools needed for obtaining information regardless of its format<br />4. The criteria for evaluating information located<br />5. The rules of scholarly research<br /> (proper citing/respect for copyright)<br />
  37. 37. Remember...<br />Librarians are <br />here to help <br />you with <br />your mission!<br />