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Political Science Beginning Research

  1. 1. Political Science:<br />An Adventure in Research<br />Beaman Library<br />Spring 2010<br />
  2. 2. Research is a process… <br />It is ORGANIZED<br />It is METHODICAL<br />It is COMPREHENSIVE<br />
  3. 3. The Researcher’s 2 questions… <br />WHAT do I want to know?<br />WHERE do I find that information?<br />
  4. 4. Searching Begins With Your Beaman Library Catalog <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 />
  5. 5. Information Resources in Beaman Library<br /> Books<br /> Articles (print & electronic)<br /> -Scholarly journal articles<br /> -Popular magazine articles<br /> -Newspaper articles<br />Websites<br />
  6. 6. Books!<br />Reference Books:<br />use in library only<br />General Collection:<br />check out for 3 weeks<br />eBooks:<br />must create username and password on netlibrary.com from a Lipscomb computer before using 1st time!<br />access and read online from any computer, anywhere!<br />
  7. 7. To find a Book…<br />Use…<br />The online catalog<br />Author Search<br />Title Search<br />Subject Search<br />Searches subject heading<br />Keyword Search<br />Searches every field EXCEPT subject heading<br />http://library.lipscomb.edu<br />
  8. 8. 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 />
  9. 9. 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 />
  10. 10. 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 />Biography Index<br />Business Periodicals Index<br />General Science Index<br />PAIS International Index<br />Social Sciences Index<br />Example of general index<br />Readers Guide to Periodical Literature<br />
  11. 11. Periodical Indexes (print)- Location<br />Periodical indexes are located on the main floor, east wing of Beaman Library.<br />
  12. 12. 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 />
  13. 13. Periodical Indexes<br />Online<br />Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL)<br />Powersearch<br />Academic OneFile<br />Expanded Academic ASAP<br />General OneFile<br />National Newspaper Index<br />America: History & Life and Historical Abstracts<br />Biography Resource Center<br />Lexis-Nexis<br />
  14. 14. 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 />
  15. 15. To find an Article…Locating<br />Found sources in a print index or database? Now, how do you find them?<br />
  16. 16. Locating article…pt. 1<br />If the source located was cited in a database…<br /> Check to see if full-text is available<br />
  17. 17. 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 />
  18. 18. 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 />
  19. 19. Periodicals - Location<br />Current (2010)magazines and journals are arranged alphabetically on open shelves for easy browsing.<br />
  20. 20. Periodicals - Location<br />Bound periodicals are arranged alphabetically and chronologically.<br />
  21. 21. Periodicals - Location<br />Some periodicals are kept on microfilm or microfiche.<br />
  22. 22. World Wide Web Resources<br />Academic .edu<br />Government .gov<br />Specialized/commercial .com/.org/.net<br />
  23. 23. Online Indexes/Databases: Government<br />U. S. Government<br /><ul><li>Library of Congress
  24. 24. http://marvel.loc.gov
  25. 25. Congressional Directory
  26. 26. http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cdirectory/index.html</li></li></ul><li>Online Indexes/Databases Education<br />http://infomine.ucr.edu<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 />
  27. 27. Online Indexes/Databases Commercial<br />http://scholar.google.com/<br /><ul><li>Search specifically for scholarly literature:</li></ul> theses peer reviewed papers books<br /> abstracts technical reports preprints<br />
  28. 28. Evaluating Information<br />from monographs (books)<br />from periodicals (journals)<br />from databases/websites<br />
  29. 29. Evaluating books<br />Is it a recognized author?<br />Does it have timely content?<br />Does it contain documentation?<br />
  30. 30. What is a Scholarly Journal?<br /><ul><li>For scholars or researchers in a specialized field (e.g. medicine, psychology)
  31. 31. Cites research
  32. 32. Peer review (refereed)
  33. 33. Includes notes and/or bibliography
  34. 34. Usually quarterly or monthly
  35. 35. Mostly print with graphs and/or tables
  36. 36. Few or no ads</li></li></ul><li>Web Site Evaluation—the WWW’s<br />Who says it?<br /><ul><li>Author or sponsor
  37. 37. Credentials of responsible party</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.</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 />
  41. 41. 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 />
  42. 42. 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: http://library.lipscomb.edu<br />
  43. 43. SAIL<br /><ul><li>Search – indexes/databases (evaluate)
  44. 44. Analyze – compare, contrast; separate fact from opinion
  45. 45. Inventory – Do I have enough, too </li></ul> much, too little?<br /><ul><li>Learn – new information and new </li></ul> information skills<br />