WR121 Missed your library session? Need a refresher on what was covered?Research This is the tutorial for you!WorkshopSelf-GuidedTutorial Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hamed/2302808818
Ask yourself…What is the hardest part of doing research?
Top Responses• #1: Getting Started• #2: Picking a Topic• #3: Finding Resources
What will you learn today? Here’s what we hope you will take away from this tutorial today: Image Credit: http://englishcollective.org/
Identify the kind ofinformation There is so much information out there. you need You’ve probably all heard of information overload, right? Well it’s not an exaggeration. We’re going to talk about how you can recognize different kinds of information— formats, contents, styles, etc.—and how you can identify the most relevant sources of information for your research. Image Credit: Iwasaki Library
Design Search Strategies We’ll talk about designing and implementing effective search strategies in order to get the most out of library resources and make your research time more efficient. Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/computerguy_wiki/3686972731
Locate Awesome ResourcesAnd hopefully, you’ll be able to locatesome awesome resources relevant toyour research question, during this veryworkshop! Fun anecdote: This image of Fort Awesome was actually taken in Harvard Square a few winters ago, when we had snow. Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/drgandy/22373340
Recognize what librarians can do for you!We’re here to help. It’s what we love to do!
Let’s get started…What do these letters mean to you?
On The Jersey Shore, it stands for Gym, Tanning, Laundry.Today, it stands for Gym, Tanning, Library.We’re going to take a look at how to do research at thelibrary through the lens of the Jersey Shore. Yes, you canresearch the Jersey Shore! Image credit: http://www.mtv.com
You have a research assignment… Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22409393@N03/5530809591
We will refer to this as… “The Situation” Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22409393@N03/5530809591
Pictured here are a variety of sources ofinformation…Are any of these familiar? Have you usedthem before? How do you use them?
Let’s say I want to do some research on Snooki.What kind of information on Snooki would youexpect to find in the New York Times? Whatabout on Perez Hilton’s blog? How are thesesources different? Which do you trust more?
So which is the best source forinformation about Snooki?It all depends on the purpose ofyour research.
Let’s start with an old friend: Google! But, we’re not going tolook at regular old Google.Let’s take a look at Google Scholar. It’s a great place to startresearching, and has some neat features that work with ourlibrary databases.Have you used Google Scholar before? What makes Scholardifferent from regular Google?
Try doing a search in Google Scholar for our Situation… THE SITUATION: The influx of summer visitors to the Jersey Shore causes tension with the local year-round residents. How doesthis annual migration affect the culture or identity of the region? Are these migrants part of the culture?
Look at your result list: where is theinformation coming from? Iseverything here scholarly? How canyou tell?Notice that the results show booksand articles and have Cited byinformation which leads to otherarticles.Look for Emerson HoldingsAND/OR Emerson Full-Text. If youcan’t get the entire article, you cantry to find it in the library orrequest it via interlibrary loan.
When you’re at home, set your ScholarPreferences to Emerson College soyou’ll see what resources are availableto you.
Find articles on your topicSearching something like Google Scholar is a fine place to begin—you certainly get to see what kinds of information are out there—but remember when we talked about sources of information andhow to choose which one is the BEST for your research?Let’s check out a scholarly resource now. This is Academic SearchPremier, and it lives on the library’s website under Databases.
Start at the Library’s homepage:www.emerson.edu/library
We have over 100 databases here at the Iwasaki Library, andeach one of these has information specific to differentdisciplines.ASP (Academic Search Premier) is a great general database—ithas TONS of information from all kinds of sources. Everythingfrom Entertainment Weekly to the Journal of Biomedicine.
You can print, save, email, or export articles. You can also get the citation here:You cannarrow yoursearch bydate, full-textavailability, scholarliness, type ofresource, andsubject.
Find a book at Emerson about migratory populations in the U.S.Our next research tool features the core of the library’s resources:Books! Our catalog is called the FLO catalog which stands for FenwayLibraries Online.We are part of a group of schools that share a catalog and shareborrowing privileges. So you can borrow books from Lesley with yourEmerson ID.
Start at the Library’s homepage:www.emerson.edu/library Limit your search to book at the Iwasaki Library by selecting Emerson here. If you forget, you can also limit it after you search.
Look at the SubjectHeadings for links tomore books onsimilar topics.
Call Numbers Once you’ve found a book you want, how do you find it in the Library? By using the Call Number! First make sure the book is at Emerson, then write down the call number and head to the book stacks.
According to the Library Map, our book is in this part of the Library, Books A-PK.How to Read a Call Number:Books are shelved alphabetically by the firstletter or letters.Then books are arranged numerically by thenumber following the letter(s).Finally, books are shelved alphabetically bythe next letter and decimally by the followingnumber.
Find the shelf range where your book islocated…our book will be in the range on theleft because E184 .I8 comes before the lastnumber in that range (E184 .J4).
Find the shelf with your book’s call number andthen find the book!
guides.library.emerson.edu/wr121 Here’s another place to find information: Research Guides. Librarians create these to help you to get started quickly and easily. These guides are intended to give you starting points if you’ve never done research in a given area of academic study. We have guides for things like Film, History, Marketing, and even one specifically for your class, WR121.
But, let’s say, you’re having sometrouble with your Situation. You’veexplored library resources, you’velooked in the databases, you’ve triedto find books and you’re stuck.In fact, you’ve hit a brick wall onyour research journey. You arestuck!Does this sound familiar? Has itever happened to you? What do youdo?? Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/theartguy/4721135346
Reference Hours Monday - Thursday: 9:30a.m.-11p.m. Friday: 9:30a.m.-5p.m. Saturday: noon - 6p.m.You can talk to a Reference Librarian!All of these folks pictured here want Sunday:to help you. Please come and see us!You can also call us, email us, text us, noon - 9p.m.or IM us.
http://www.emerson.edu/library Call us, email us, text us, or IM us – all from the Library’s homepage.
Image Credits• “Let’s Fly!” by Hamed Saber: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hamed/2302808818/sizes/m/in/photostream/• “What will you learn today?’: http://englishcollective.org• “Fort Awesome”: http://www.flickr.com/photos/drgandy/22373340• “Design Search Strategies”: http://www.flickr.com/photos/computerguy_wiki/3686972731• GTL: http://www.mtv.com• The Situation : http://www.flickr.com/photos/22409393@N03/5530809591• Brick Wall: http://www.flickr.com/photos/theartguy/4721135346