Instruction Handout - W&J

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Instruction Handout - W&J

  1. 1. Bibliographic Instruction Handout Washington & Jefferson College, U. Grant Miller LibraryLibrary Resources Geotom Catalog o Use the library’s online catalog to search for books and videos. o You can search by subject, title, author, or words. Advanced Search lets you search by language, material type, or material location. o Use the call number to find items within the library. Example: PS3558 .E476 C38 1961 c.5  Circulating Collection: A-E on upper floor, F-Z on lower floor  Reference Collection: upper floor in the back of the building behind the Research Services desk Databases o We have many different electronic databases that cover a wide range of subjects. o You can do keyword searches in the databases to find articles. Most have search fields like title, author, or journal. o Always click the boxes next to “Full Text” and “Also search within the full text of the articles” in EBSCO database. o Type phrases in quotation marks, like “civil rights.” o For authoritative sources, look for a box that says “scholarly” or “peer-reviewed” when searching. o Try truncation for more results. Take the root word and type the * symbol at the end. For example, a search for neuro* would retrieve neuroscience, neurology, neurosurgery, etc.
  2. 2. Journal Locator o Use Journal Locator to find specific journals. You can search by title or browse by subject. o Underneath each journal title is a list of sources that have that journal and what years are covered in each search. o Journals could be located in a database, in our print collection, or in microfilm. o Current journal issues are on the shelves by the windows on the upper floor and previous issues are bound on the shelves with the yellow labels. o You can search for an article within a specific journal by clicking on the link “Look up Article” next to the title.Citations o It is absolutely crucial that you cite all sources you use for research. o Citation style guides can be found at the Research Services desk and in both the Reference and Circulating Collections. o A great online citation resource is Research and Documentation Online at http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/resdoc5e/. This site covers MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE.

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