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Introduction to Library Research Part   2 :  The Globe Education Network (GEN) Online Library and Evaluating Sources  Welc...
Today’s Library Lessons <ul><li>GEN Online Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Databases and E-journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><...
Where to look? <ul><li>Like Shopping </li></ul><ul><li>Choose your source based on what you’re looking for </li></ul>
GEN Online Library <ul><li>http://www.globeeducationnetwork.com/library/   </li></ul><ul><li>The online library contains: ...
Databases <ul><li>What are library databases? </li></ul>
Databases <ul><li>What are library databases? </li></ul><ul><li>1) A  private  collection of  e-&quot;stuff” 2) A specific...
Databases <ul><li>Private? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>proprietary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not for “free” on the internet (Go...
Databases <ul><li>The library pays so that you don’t have to! </li></ul><ul><li>But that’s why you must: </li></ul><ul><ul...
Databases <ul><li>“ Stuff”? </li></ul><ul><li>Professional sources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E-journals,  articles , newspaper...
Let’s Tour the Databases <ul><li>EBSCO, Gale, and ProQuest </li></ul><ul><li>360 Search  </li></ul><ul><li>E-journal porta...
Academic Search Premier [EBSCO] <ul><li>Interdisciplinary </li></ul><ul><li>Many Scholarly </li></ul><ul><li>Many Full tex...
Academic OneFile [Gale] <ul><li>Interdisciplinary </li></ul><ul><li>Many Scholarly </li></ul><ul><li>Many Full text </li><...
ProQuest Newsstand <ul><li>News: local, national, international </li></ul><ul><li>Current events and editorials </li></ul>
First let’s explore: <ul><li>360 Search </li></ul><ul><li>Search many databases at once! </li></ul><ul><li>Great for:  </l...
E-Journal Portal <ul><li>When you know the journal you want, find it fast!  </li></ul>
E-Books <ul><li>Find them in the GU/MSB catalog, some databases, and Books 24x7 </li></ul><ul><li>Search the  Online Catal...
Books24x7 <ul><li>Not part of the GEN  Library,  but is part of GEN  Online. </li></ul><ul><li>Business and IT topics only...
Web sources <ul><li>Research by Topic </li></ul><ul><li>By program/gen ed </li></ul><ul><li>Selected by GEN Librarians </l...
Help!  <ul><li>General Research Guides </li></ul><ul><li>Research by Topic Guides </li></ul><ul><li>Ask the librarian. I’m...
APA Citation Tips <ul><li>In-Text </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Author’s name  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Date of publication </li...
Additional Tips <ul><li>If you already have a citation, you’ll know where to look!  </li></ul><ul><li>Cheney, C. L. (2005)...
Evaluating Sources What does it matter where I find it, as long as I get the information? Remember the shopping analogy? T...
The Secrets of Sources <ul><li>Credible sources make your argument stronger </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your  teachers  are watc...
Types of Sources <ul><li>Scholarly /Peer Reviewed/Academic materials  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>vs. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tra...
Scholarly/ Peer-Reviewed/Academic <ul><li>Characteristics :   </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarly communication </li></ul><ul><li>...
Trade/Professional <ul><li>Characteristics :  </li></ul><ul><li>For workers in a specific field </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Writ...
Popular <ul><li>Characteristics :  </li></ul><ul><li>Readers = general public </li></ul><ul><li>Written by journalists/edi...
What do you think? <ul><li>Family Practice Management  </li></ul><ul><li>New England Journal of Medicine </li></ul><ul><li...
How to evaluate a website?
Finding Respectable Websites <ul><li>Who is  backing/endorsing/publishing/writing  the information? </li></ul><ul><li>Why?...
Website Evaluation <ul><li>Compare </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check the info against something else </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Corr...
Where to look? <ul><li>For news about the recent outbreaks of swine flu.  </li></ul><ul><li>For research about the effects...
In conclusion… <ul><li>Exploratory research = Explore! </li></ul><ul><li>Focused research = “ shop ” and trial & error </l...
Questions? Comments? Contact the  Online Librarian : Elaine Settergren   [email_address]   http://www.globeeducationnetwor...
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CM121 Basic Library Info Part 2

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CM121 Basic Library Info Part 2

  1. 1. Introduction to Library Research Part 2 : The Globe Education Network (GEN) Online Library and Evaluating Sources Welcome! The session will begin 8/11/09 at 9 a.m. Elaine Settergren, [email_address] April 2009 – Elaine Settergren
  2. 2. Today’s Library Lessons <ul><li>GEN Online Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Databases and E-journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Academic Search Premier [EBSCO] </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Academic OneFile [Gale] </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ProQuest Newsstand </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>360 Search </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E-Journal Portal </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recommended websites </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Evaluating Sources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Types of sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Academic vs. trade vs. popular </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Where to look? <ul><li>Like Shopping </li></ul><ul><li>Choose your source based on what you’re looking for </li></ul>
  4. 4. GEN Online Library <ul><li>http://www.globeeducationnetwork.com/library/ </li></ul><ul><li>The online library contains: </li></ul><ul><li>Over 39,000 journals online, spanning ≈30 years in 84 databases. </li></ul><ul><li>Over 7,500 e-books . </li></ul><ul><li>Recommended web sites . </li></ul><ul><li>Online help </li></ul><ul><li>And more – explore the site! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Databases <ul><li>What are library databases? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Databases <ul><li>What are library databases? </li></ul><ul><li>1) A private collection of e-&quot;stuff” 2) A specific search engine for finding </li></ul><ul><li>and getting the &quot;stuff&quot; </li></ul>
  7. 7. Databases <ul><li>Private? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>proprietary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not for “free” on the internet (Google, MSN, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>Consumer Reports website </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Must buy a subscription </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Library databases such as EBSCO Academic Search Premier </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e-versions of Consumer Reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>full-color reviews, charts and buying guides </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free (for you – library pays!)  </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Databases <ul><li>The library pays so that you don’t have to! </li></ul><ul><li>But that’s why you must: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1) Go to the library website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2) Log in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Password: firstname.lastname </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Username: last 4 digits of your SS# </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Databases <ul><li>“ Stuff”? </li></ul><ul><li>Professional sources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E-journals, articles , newspaper stories etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-books and e-book excerpts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>laws and legal docs, business intelligence, financial data, images </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>general documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Databases have professional sources that include: articles from journals, reports, trade publications and news </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Let’s Tour the Databases <ul><li>EBSCO, Gale, and ProQuest </li></ul><ul><li>360 Search </li></ul><ul><li>E-journal portal </li></ul>
  11. 11. Academic Search Premier [EBSCO] <ul><li>Interdisciplinary </li></ul><ul><li>Many Scholarly </li></ul><ul><li>Many Full text </li></ul>
  12. 12. Academic OneFile [Gale] <ul><li>Interdisciplinary </li></ul><ul><li>Many Scholarly </li></ul><ul><li>Many Full text </li></ul>
  13. 13. ProQuest Newsstand <ul><li>News: local, national, international </li></ul><ul><li>Current events and editorials </li></ul>
  14. 14. First let’s explore: <ul><li>360 Search </li></ul><ul><li>Search many databases at once! </li></ul><ul><li>Great for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Searching by topic (“research by topic” guides) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding an article, if you already know the title. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. E-Journal Portal <ul><li>When you know the journal you want, find it fast! </li></ul>
  16. 16. E-Books <ul><li>Find them in the GU/MSB catalog, some databases, and Books 24x7 </li></ul><ul><li>Search the Online Catalog for library e-books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow catalog link on library homepage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Narrow to “electronic” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow the “online access” link in the catalog record </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See the e-book guide here: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.globeeducationnetwork.com/library/research-guides/guides-to-resources/e-books-guide/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>for details </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Books24x7 <ul><li>Not part of the GEN Library, but is part of GEN Online. </li></ul><ul><li>Business and IT topics only (so far) </li></ul><ul><li>Access through SkillSoft </li></ul><ul><li>Our help page for Books24x7 can be found here: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.globeeducationnetwork.com/library/research-guides/guides-to-resources/e-books-guide/books-24x7-help/ </li></ul>
  18. 18. Web sources <ul><li>Research by Topic </li></ul><ul><li>By program/gen ed </li></ul><ul><li>Selected by GEN Librarians </li></ul>
  19. 19. Help! <ul><li>General Research Guides </li></ul><ul><li>Research by Topic Guides </li></ul><ul><li>Ask the librarian. I’m happy to help! </li></ul>
  20. 20. APA Citation Tips <ul><li>In-Text </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Author’s name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Date of publication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Page # (sometimes) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This will lead the reader to the References at the back of your paper . </li></ul></ul><ul><li>References </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Date </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Article Title </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Journal Title </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Journal Volume # </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Page #s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Date you accessed it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Database </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This will lead the reader to the source. </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Additional Tips <ul><li>If you already have a citation, you’ll know where to look! </li></ul><ul><li>Cheney, C. L. (2005). Brothers gonna work it out: Sexual </li></ul><ul><li>politics in the golden age of rap nationalism . New </li></ul><ul><li>York: New York University Press. Retrieved from NetLibrary. </li></ul><ul><li>Garrity, B., & Concepcion, M. (2007, May). A Hip-Hop </li></ul><ul><ul><li>History Lesson . Billboard . 119(18), p. 8. Retrieved from EBSCO MegaFILE database. </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Evaluating Sources What does it matter where I find it, as long as I get the information? Remember the shopping analogy? There are also quality issues.
  23. 23. The Secrets of Sources <ul><li>Credible sources make your argument stronger </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your teachers are watching! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your bosses will be watching ! </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Types of Sources <ul><li>Scholarly /Peer Reviewed/Academic materials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>vs. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Trade /Professional Publications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>vs. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Popular Sources </li></ul>Spectrum of credibility Not everything fits neatly into a category There are also other categories: consider Newspapers for instance
  25. 25. Scholarly/ Peer-Reviewed/Academic <ul><li>Characteristics : </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarly communication </li></ul><ul><li>Research findings </li></ul><ul><li>Always cites sources </li></ul><ul><li>Few illustrations </li></ul>
  26. 26. Trade/Professional <ul><li>Characteristics : </li></ul><ul><li>For workers in a specific field </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Written by professionals for professionals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Purpose: keep reader’s updated </li></ul><ul><li>“ how to” </li></ul><ul><li>Usually numerous illustrations </li></ul>
  27. 27. Popular <ul><li>Characteristics : </li></ul><ul><li>Readers = general public </li></ul><ul><li>Written by journalists/editors to inform or entertain </li></ul><ul><li>Rarely cites sources </li></ul><ul><li>Many illustrations and ads – “glossy” </li></ul>
  28. 28. What do you think? <ul><li>Family Practice Management </li></ul><ul><li>New England Journal of Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Health </li></ul>
  29. 29. How to evaluate a website?
  30. 30. Finding Respectable Websites <ul><li>Who is backing/endorsing/publishing/writing the information? </li></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Selling stuff? Joke? To inform? To entertain? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fair? Balanced? Objective? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How does it compare ? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you trust the information? How? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Does the website cite its sources? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explain its research? Anything? </li></ul></ul>
  31. 31. Website Evaluation <ul><li>Compare </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check the info against something else </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Corroborate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check enough sources to get the whole story </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Confirm, verify </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Context </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Does the context of the website affect the information? </li></ul></ul>
  32. 32. Where to look? <ul><li>For news about the recent outbreaks of swine flu. </li></ul><ul><li>For research about the effects of second hand smoke </li></ul><ul><li>For historical information about earthquakes in California </li></ul><ul><li>For opinions about health care reform in the U.S. </li></ul>
  33. 33. In conclusion… <ul><li>Exploratory research = Explore! </li></ul><ul><li>Focused research = “ shop ” and trial & error </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What sort of info do you want? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Overview? In-depth? Statistics? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Scholarly? Popular? Trade? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Book? Article? Recent? Historical? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What type of searching? What keywords/subjects? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where will you look? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Databases? Which one? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Library catalog for books? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Websites? Which search engine? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not successful? Ask a librarian or try a new strategy. </li></ul></ul>
  34. 34. Questions? Comments? Contact the Online Librarian : Elaine Settergren [email_address] http://www.globeeducationnetwork.com/library/

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