Getting started with your research

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  • 2.) bullet 2: Books? Journal, Magazine or Newspaper Articles? Websites?
  • Getting started with your research

    1. 1. getting started with your research BROOKENS LIBRARY UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD
    2. 2. Library Resources Online Resources  Databases  E-Books  Government Documents Physical Resources  Books (Main Collection; Reference Collection; Legal Collection; State and Federal Government Documents)  Periodicals (magazines, journals and newspapers)  Media Collection
    3. 3. Before getting started…1. Think about the Information Cycle:WATCH tutorial (Penn State Libraries)2. Familiarize yourself with the requirements for the paper/project  How many sources do you need?  What types of sources do you need?  How current do your sources need to be?  Do you need academic/scholarly/peer-reviewed sources?3. Find out what it means to be academic/scholarly/peer-reviewed
    4. 4. Define your KeywordsYou can enter an entire question in the Google search box and often get some relevant results… but that is not true for the library resourcesWhen using the catalog and other databases: 1. Pull out the keywords from your thesis statement or question  Q: Does the use of cell phones cause cancer?  Keywords: “cell phones” and “cancer” 2. Create a list of synonyms  Cell phones>cellular phones>mobile phones>wireless phones  Cancer>health (broader) AND [types of cancer] (narrower) 3. Identify who might be writing about this topic In which disciplines would scholars be researching this topic? Important to think about when trying to find subject-specific databases.
    5. 5. Accessing Resources from Off-Campus What do you need? Electronic Resources (NetID and Password) This is the same login you use for Blackboard
    6. 6. Easy Access to LibraryResources
    7. 7. Finding Articles By DATABASE (See Databases) By SUBJECT (See Research Guides) By JOURNAL TITLE (See Journals Tab) BY ARTICLE TITLE (See Quick Search) Google Scholar
    8. 8. Finding Known ArticlesUsing a citation to find an article: Follow the steps in this quick video If we do not have access to the article in print or through any of our databases, conduct a search in 1) Google Scholar and finally 2) Google Still cannot find it? Request a copy through ILL (Interlibrary Loan) Students that do not live within driving distance of UIS should request articles through ILL if they are not available electronically through one of the library databases
    9. 9. Research Guides: Discipline-Specific Resources Click on Research Guides to access: http://libguides.uis.edu/Click on thetabs to findspecifictypes ofsources Each librarian is assigned to various departments. You can find which librarian is assigned to a department from the Research Guide. Students can arrange for a one-on-one research consultation. We offer them in- person, by phone or online via chat.
    10. 10. Database Search TipsKeywords: Separate your search terms into different boxesSorting Features: Look at how your search results are organized (by date, etc.) Navigation Tools: Using the “back” button in some databases will cause you to lose your search results OR
    11. 11. Limit your search resultsMay need toclick on“ShowMore” tolimit resultsto scholarly(peer-reviewed) Source Type TIP: Do not limit your search results to full text; the “Find It” button searches for the full text across all of the UIS databases
    12. 12. Click on the title for more informationClick on the sourcetitle to find outmore informationabout it(audience, frequency, peer-reviewed)Modify your searchto include the subjectterms assigned torelevant articles Read the abstract to find out if the article is relevant to your topic before printing it
    13. 13. Information about PublicationAudience Need more information? Consult Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory (available in Print at the Reference Desk). Call us if you cannot access the book.
    14. 14. Accessing the Full TextIf you see the HTML or PDF icons you know that you have some form of If you do not see the HTML or PDF icons you may still be able to accessdirect access to the full-text of the article through this database. the article from another database (click on n butt button). If we own the full text you will see different databases listed below. Click on GO. Don’t see any full text databases? On-campus students should check to see if the Brookens Library owns the year and volume for the physical copy of the journal. If so, you can come in and make a copy. Online students can request a copy of the article electronically through Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
    15. 15. E-mail the ArticleClick on the e-mail icon to send the citation and article to yourselfSample e-mail with formatted citation and attached PDF
    16. 16. Finding Books1. UIS Catalog (“Books and Media”)2. I-Share Catalog (view I-Share libraries)3. Quick Search – simultaneously searches across the print and electronic holdings at Brookens Library, I-Share Libraries, and Libraries WorldwideIllinois students: tutorial on how to use I-ShareDistance students: tutorial on how to request books via ILL
    17. 17. eBooks Search in the UIS Catalog, Quick Search or Google Scholar for e-books, or Search directly in these databases:  eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)  Wiley Online Library (humanities and sciences)  IEEE Xplore (computer science)  Springer eBooks (sciences)  Google Books (read the full-text of books in the public domain – published before 1923)  ACLS Humanities E-Book (humanities)  Brill eBooks (humanities)
    18. 18. Quick SearchLimiters eBook Book Article Article Database
    19. 19. Quick Search: Tips and Tricks Access from our website (not WorldCat.org) Use the limiters to narrow your search results (eBooks, Articles, Full Text, Peer-Reviewed Journals) If you find a relevant article, click on the title and “Check for Electronic Resources” button. If we do not have electronic access, check our print holdings. Do not limit your search to “UIS Brookens Library.” The first results returned are from UIS. If we do not own an item you can place I-Share and ILL requests directly from Quick Search. Online students that do not live within driving distance of UIS can request articles via Interlibrary Loan if not available electronically through one of the library databases.
    20. 20. Google Scholar
    21. 21. Google Scholar: Tips and Tricks Access from our website (not from Google Scholar) Contains books and articles Best for sciences and social sciences Nice for previews of books (Google Books) “Advanced Scholar Search” allows you to limit your results by author, publications, dates, subject areas, and legal opinions (by federal and/or state)
    22. 22. Requesting and checking out booksas a distance/online learner To have books sent to you from UIS and to make I-Share and ILL requests you will need to have your Library ID Number. This ID number is located on your I-Card. You can get this number from the Springfield Campus I- Card Center without needing to request a physical I-Card; however, if you plan to pick up a book from UIS or another I-Share library you will need to have your physical ID. Contact the Springfield I-Card Center with questions
    23. 23. Book Borrowing PrivilegesUIS Library Undergraduate students, alumni, and special borrowers can check out UIS materials for 4 weeks, with 3 renewals Graduate/doctoral students, faculty, and staff can check out UIS materials for 16 weeks, with 6 renewalsI-Share Libraries All students, faculty and staff can check out materials for 4 weeks, with 3 renewalsInterlibrary Loan (ILL) Due dates determined by the lending libraryNOTE: Online students have the same privileges for UIS materials
    24. 24. Getting Help: Resources Tutorials (http://www.youtube.com/user/UISlibrary) Research Guides (http://libguides.uis.edu/) Reference Sources (http://libguides.uis.edu/fastfacts) Citation Guides  http://libguides.uis.edu/citations  Center for Teaching and Learning
    25. 25. Getting Help: Services Reference Desk (See Hours)  Chat (operates during Reference Desk hours)  Phone (217-206-6633)  E-mail Schedule a consultation with a librarian (in-person, or by phone, e-mail or chat) Online and in-person tutoring offered by the Center for Teaching and Learning in writing, reading, math and science
    26. 26. Chat and Email Services Email Chat
    27. 27. How to keep in touch? Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Subscribe to our blog Follow our tutorials on YouTube See photos of us on Flickr
    28. 28. We are your library. Let us knowwhat you think! Submit Comments/Suggestions online anytime Contact your library liaison Communicate with us on our blog, Facebook, Twitter

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