Polital Science Senior Seminar Fall2009


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Polital Science Senior Seminar Fall2009

  1. 1. Political Science: An Adventure in Research Beaman Library Fall 2009
  2. 2. Research is a process… <ul><li>It is ORGANIZED </li></ul><ul><li>It is METHODICAL </li></ul><ul><li>It is COMPREHENSIVE </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Researcher’s 2 questions… <ul><li>WHAT do I want to know? </li></ul><ul><li>WHERE do I find that information? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Searching Begins With Your Beaman Library Catalog <ul><li>Access the library catalog & our electronic databases from any computer </li></ul><ul><li>Ask a Reference Question??? Links you with a librarian for all of your questions </li></ul><ul><li>Find out information about the library or read the latest library newsletter </li></ul>
  5. 5. Information Resources in Beaman Library <ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Articles (print & electronic) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-Scholarly journal articles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-Popular magazine articles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-Newspaper articles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Books! <ul><li>Reference Books: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>use in library only </li></ul></ul><ul><li>General Collection: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>check out for 3 weeks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>eBooks: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>must create username and password on netlibrary.com from a Lipscomb computer before using 1 st time! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>access and read online from any computer, anywhere! </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. To find a Book… <ul><li>Use… </li></ul><ul><li>The online catalog </li></ul><ul><li>Author Search </li></ul><ul><li>Title Search </li></ul><ul><li>Subject Search </li></ul><ul><li>Keyword Search </li></ul><ul><li>http:// library.lipscomb.edu </li></ul>
  8. 8. Articles! <ul><li>Scholarly journals </li></ul><ul><li>-aka “refereed”, “peer-reviewed”, “academic” </li></ul><ul><li>-articles reviewed and accepted by experts in the field </li></ul><ul><li>Magazines, popular and trade journals </li></ul><ul><li>-Booklist, Southern Living, GQ </li></ul><ul><li>Newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>-The Tennessean, Wall Street Journal </li></ul>
  9. 9. To find an Article…Searching <ul><li>Search in a print index </li></ul><ul><li>Use one of the databases from the library’s “Electronic Resources” page </li></ul><ul><li>--On- and off-campus access </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t look for articles in the Catalog! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Periodical Indexes In Print - Subject and general: access tools <ul><li>Provides citations to articles in magazines, journals, and newspapers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember: citations only - no full-text </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Examples of subject indexes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Biography Index </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business Periodicals Index </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>General Science Index </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PAIS International Index </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Sciences Index </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Example of general index </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Readers Guide to Periodical Literature </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Periodical Indexes (print)- Location <ul><li>Periodical indexes are located on the main floor, east wing of Beaman Library. </li></ul>
  12. 12. To find an Article…Searching <ul><li>Search in a print index </li></ul><ul><li>Use one of the databases from the library’s “Electronic Resources” page </li></ul><ul><li>--On- and off-campus access </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t look for articles in the Catalog! </li></ul>
  13. 13. Periodical Indexes <ul><li>Online </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Powersearch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic OneFile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expanded Academic ASAP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>General OneFile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Newspaper Index </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>America: History & Life and Historical Abstracts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biography Resource Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lexis-Nexis </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. To find an Article…Sorting <ul><li>Citation: gives you the information you need to track down the work </li></ul><ul><li>Abstract: summary of article + citation </li></ul><ul><li>Full Text: complete text of article + citation </li></ul>
  15. 15. To find an Article…Locating <ul><li>Found sources in a print index or database? Now, how do you find them? </li></ul>
  16. 16. Locating article…pt. 1 <ul><li>If the source located was cited in a database… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check to see if full-text is available </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Locating article…pt. 2 <ul><li>If the source located was cited in a print index or full-text was not available in a database… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check the journal title in the Catalog by doing a Title Search to see if Beaman has the journal in print </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Locating articles…pt. 3 <ul><li>If the source is not available in print in Beaman Library or full-text via database… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check other local libraries (in WorldCat or Athena) to see if they have the journal in print </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Request the article through Interlibrary Loan (Allow 2 weeks) </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Periodicals - Location <ul><li>Current (2009) magazines and journals are arranged alphabetically on open shelves for easy browsing. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Periodicals - Location <ul><li>Bound periodicals are arranged alphabetically and chronologically. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Periodicals - Location <ul><li>Some periodicals are kept on microfilm or microfiche . </li></ul>
  22. 22. World Wide Web Resources <ul><li>Academic .edu </li></ul><ul><li>Government .gov </li></ul><ul><li>Specialized/commercial .com/.org/.net </li></ul>
  23. 23. Online Indexes/Databases: Government <ul><li>U. S. Government </li></ul><ul><li>Library of Congress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://marvel.loc.gov </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Congressional Directory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.gpoaccess.gov/cdirectory/index.html </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Online Indexes/Databases Education <ul><li>http://infomine.ucr.edu </li></ul><ul><li>… a virtual library of internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic journals electronic books </li></ul><ul><li>Bulletin boards databases </li></ul><ul><li>articles </li></ul>
  25. 25. Online Indexes/Databases Commercial <ul><li>Search specifically for scholarly literature: </li></ul><ul><li>theses peer reviewed papers books </li></ul><ul><li>abstracts technical reports preprints </li></ul>http:// scholar.google.com /
  26. 26. Evaluating Information <ul><li>from monographs (books) </li></ul><ul><li>from periodicals (journals) </li></ul><ul><li>from databases/websites </li></ul>
  27. 27. Evaluating books <ul><li>Is it a recognized author? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it have timely content? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it contain documentation? </li></ul>
  28. 28. What is a Scholarly Journal? <ul><li>For scholars or researchers in a specialized field (e.g. medicine, psychology) </li></ul><ul><li>Cites research </li></ul><ul><li>Peer review (refereed) </li></ul><ul><li>Includes notes and/or bibliography </li></ul><ul><li>Usually quarterly or monthly </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly print with graphs and/or tables </li></ul><ul><li>Few or no ads </li></ul>
  29. 29. Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s <ul><li>Who says it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Author or sponsor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Credentials of responsible party </li></ul></ul>
  30. 30. Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s <ul><li>What does it claim, assert, etc.? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Purpose of web site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biased, objective, fair </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Factual…in depth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Correct grammar, spelling, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  31. 31. Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s <ul><li>When was it said? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Publication date </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Revisions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links up-to-date </li></ul></ul>
  32. 32. Interlibrary Loan <ul><li>Question: </li></ul><ul><li>What do I do if a resource I need is not available in the Beaman Library? </li></ul><ul><li>Answer: </li></ul><ul><li> Use the Interlibrary loan service provided by Beaman Library </li></ul>
  33. 33. Interlibrary Loan <ul><li>Facts about Interlibrary Loan: </li></ul><ul><li>Interlibrary Loan is a service provided by Beaman Library to obtain materials NOT owned by Beaman Library. </li></ul><ul><li>The conditions of this service are set by the National Interlibrary Loan Code . </li></ul><ul><li>The loan period is determined by the lending library. </li></ul><ul><li>Athena is an area consortium of local libraries who loan and borrow from one another without charge. </li></ul><ul><li>Applications are available at the Reference desk or online in Catacomb . </li></ul><ul><li>Access form online: http:// library.lipscomb.edu </li></ul>
  34. 34. SAIL <ul><li>S earch – indexes/databases (evaluate) </li></ul><ul><li>A nalyze – compare, contrast; separate fact from opinion </li></ul><ul><li>I nventory – Do I have enough, too </li></ul><ul><li>much, too little? </li></ul><ul><li>L earn – new information and new </li></ul><ul><li>information skills </li></ul>