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Beginning Research Spring2010


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Beginning Research Spring2010

  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. Catacomb—Your Beaman Library Homepage <br />Access the library catalog & our electronic databases 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)—Read the call number alphabetically and numerically. Any number after the decimal point is treated like a decimal number.
  6. 6. Designators (Ref, Oversize, Buffington…)—Gives you a clue as to where these books are physically located in library. They are special sections unto themselves.
  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 3 weeks for undergrads.<br />eBooks:<br /> -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.<br />
  9. 9. To find a Book…<br />Use…<br />The online catalog<br />Author Search<br />Title Search<br />Subject Search—very specific only searches subject line (which are Library of Congress approved subject headings)<br />Keyword Search--searches all lines in the record except for Subjects.<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 /> OR<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. Periodical Indexes- Location<br />Periodical indexes are located on the main floor, east wing of Beaman Library.<br />
  13. 13. Periodical Indexes In Print - Subject and general: access tools<br />Provides citations to articles in magazines, journals, and newspapers<br />Remember: citations only - no full-text<br />Examples of subject indexes<br />General Science Index<br />Social Sciences Index <br />Education Index<br />Example of general index<br />Readers Guide to Periodical Literature<br />
  14. 14. Periodical Index Citations – Subject examples<br />Social Sciences Index<br />Soc Forces =<br />Social Forces<br />
  15. 15. To find an Article…Searching<br />Search in a print index<br /> OR<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 CATACOMB!<br />
  16. 16. 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 />
  17. 17. To find an Article…Locating<br />Found sources in a print index or database? Now, how do you find them?<br />
  18. 18. Locating article…pt. 1<br />If the source located was cited in a database…<br /> Check to see if full-text is available<br />
  19. 19. 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 />
  20. 20. 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 />
  21. 21. Periodicals - Location<br />Current (2010)magazines and journals are arranged alphabetically on open shelves for easy browsing.<br />
  22. 22. Periodicals - Location<br />Bound periodicals are arranged alphabetically and chronologically.<br />
  23. 23. Periodicals - Location<br />Some periodicals are kept on microfilm or microfiche.<br />
  24. 24. Electronic/ Online Resources: Types<br />General<br />Subject specific<br />Government<br />Military <br />Commercial<br />Education<br />
  25. 25. Databases<br />Tennessee Electronic Library<br />Academic OneFile<br />Expanded Academic<br />Science Database<br />PowerSearch<br />
  26. 26. Databases<br />Also try…<br />America: History and Life<br />Biography Resource Center<br />Business Source Premier<br />EBSCOhost<br />Facts on File<br />LearningExpress Library (for practice tests and Entrance Exams)<br />LexisNexis<br />
  27. 27. Search engines<br /><br /><ul><li>search specifically for scholarly literature:</li></ul> peer-reviewed papers <br />theses books preprints<br /> abstracts technical reports<br /><ul><li>arranges search results by relevancy </li></li></ul><li>Search engines<br /><br />… a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. <br /> electronic journals electronic books<br /> bulletin boards databases<br /> articles<br />
  28. 28. Evaluating Information<br /><ul><li>from monographs [books]
  29. 29. from periodicals
  30. 30. from databases</li></li></ul><li>Evaluating books<br />A recognized author<br />Timely content<br />Documentation<br />Physical appearance<br />
  31. 31. Evaluating Journal Articles<br />Scholarly Journal Characteristics<br />Written for scholars or researchers in a specialized field (medicine, psychology, education)<br />
  32. 32. Evaluating Journal Articles<br />found in specialized (subject) indexes <br />[Social Sciences Index]<br />usually published quarterly or monthly<br />mostly print <br />graphs and/or tables<br />few or no ads<br />
  33. 33. Evaluating Journal Articles<br />Scholarly Journal Characteristics<br />cites research<br />includes notes and/or bibliography<br />passes review by panel of experts<br />peer reviewed<br />refereed<br />
  34. 34. Databases<br />Academic .edu<br />Government .gov<br />Specialized/commercial .com/.org/.net<br />
  35. 35. Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s<br />Who says it?<br /><ul><li>Author or sponsor
  36. 36. Credentials of responsible party
  37. 37. Example: AMDOC</li></li></ul><li>Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s<br />What does it claim, assert, etc.?<br /><ul><li>Purpose of web site
  38. 38. Biased, objective, fair
  39. 39. Factual…in depth
  40. 40. Correct grammar, spelling, etc.
  41. 41. Example: Silent Killer
  42. 42. Example: Scout Report</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 />
  43. 43. Interlibrary Loan<br />Question: <br /> What do I do if a resource I need is not available in the Beaman Library?<br />Answer:<br /> Use the Interlibrary loan service provided by Beaman Library<br />
  44. 44. Interlibrary Loan<br />Facts about Interlibrary Loan:<br />Interlibrary Loan is a service provided by Beaman Library to obtain materials NOT owned by Beaman Library.<br />The conditions of this service are set by the National Interlibrary Loan Code.<br />The loan period is determined by the lending library.<br />Athena is an area consortium of local libraries who loan and borrow from one another without charge.<br />Applications are available at the Reference desk or onlinein Catacomb.<br />Access form online:<br />
  45. 45. Citations<br />Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association<br />APA<br />Citation Styles<br />
  46. 46. 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 />