Good afternoon, I’m Cheryl Davis, Distance Learning Librarian here at Evans Library, and I’m delighted to talk with you today about Research Guides. I think that you will find these guides to be extremely helpful during your studies with Florida Tech. In this session, I hope to:Familiarize you with Research Guides and their contentsIntroduce you (or reaquaint you) with your Information AdvocateRemind you that help with library resources is available to you.Let’s set the scene…..shall we? Does this seem familiar at all?
Where is this help available? I’m so glad you asked!
Research Guides from the Evans Library. Here is some background information about the guides.
And here you see the basic framework of our research guides; some guides may also have additional content tabs.
Now that I have piqued your curiosity, let’s explore research guides in more detail.
You have several options on the library website to get to the research guides.
If you know the title of your research guide of interest, you can select it from the drop-down list. Or you can simply browse all the available guides.
Browsing options are by group, subject or librarian. We have over 75 guides and counting… For demonstration purposes, we will explore one of our subject guides, Aeronautics and Aviation.
Each guide has a home page that show you how to use the guide and what is contained within same. The home page also introduces or reaquaints you with the Information Advocate for that subject. In this case, Suzanne Odom is your Information Advocate for Aeronautics and Aviation. I also want to point out the Ask a Librarian link. This tell you how you can connect with a reference librarian for assistance using the library’s resources.
The Reference Sources contains information on print, electronic and Web resources. If you want to find out more about reference sources, check out – you guessed it- the Research Guide for Reference Sources.
Evans Library has both a print and an ever-increasing electronic book collection available to you as a student of Florida Tech; these titles can be found using the library catalog which is linked here. Information on interlibrary loan options for those items not available through Evans Library can also be found here.
Evans Library subscribes to many scholarly databases that contain journal and newspaper articles, conference proceedings, and more! Links to databases for your subject of interest can be found here!
The Journals page contains information on finding full-text options for journals, and other resources. Selected Journals relevant to your subject may also be highlighted on this page. You also see links to Ulrichsweb and Journal Citation Reports ; both of which can be helpful in identifying scholarly and highly cited journals.
The Internet Sources page links you to websites that provide additional sources of information relevant to your subject.
Did you know that you can search the Library catalog for Florida Tech Dissertations and Theses and that you can borrow them? Print copies for checkout can be found on the 4th floor.The ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database provides online access to dissertations(and some theses) published since 1997 from Florida Tech and other universities. You’ll also find information on how to find dissertations and theses in your subject area as well.
The Citing Sources page gives you the lowdown on your citation style used for your discipline. Also, info on RefWorks(a citation management software available FREE, that’s right FREE to Florida Tech faculty and students!) is contained here.
Thank you so much for your time and Ihope to see you in the library!
From the library
website, you have
several ways to access
From here, you can use
the drop-down list or
browse the entire list.
You have several options
to browse. Let’s look at
the Aeronautics and
Aviation Research Guide!
The Home page is a
starting point and
also introduces you
to your Information
Reference Sources contains
encyclopedias, dictionaries and
other sources both in print as
well as electronic format.
Books & eBooks
reading or borrowing
Articles & Databases
provides links to key
scholarly resources for your
The Journals page
discusses how to find
access options for
papers, newspapers, and
evaluated web sources
for your subject.
Theses & Dissertations
offers guidance on
accessing items from
Florida Tech and other
Citing Sources discusses ways for
you to organize your research
sources as well as information on
Links to other helpful research
guides may also be found.
Here we see the Data
Management Research Guide.