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Information Overload!<br />Information is everywhere, we’re here to help you find and make sense of it.<br />
What we offer:<br /><ul><li>Reference and Research Assistance
Books and E-Books
Online Databases
Journals and Magazines
Films
Inter-library Loan
Course Reserves
Study and Lounge Areas
COFFEE!!! </li></li></ul><li>Come pick our brains<br />Your STU librarians are here to help!<br />Who we are:<br />Jonatha...
How to find a book & more<br />Search the STU library catalog:<br />http://www.stu.edu/opac<br />You can search the librar...
You found a book in the catalog, now what?<br />
Understand Call numbers …<br />Call numbers:<br />Tell you WHERE an item is located in the library.<br />WHAT the item is ...
Anatomy of a Call Number<br />G154.5.G55A32006   <br />This is the Call Number for this year’s Bobcat Read selection: Eat,...
What do those letters mean? <br />The books are organized according to the Library of Congress Classification scheme:   <b...
B — PHILOSOPHY. PSYCHOLOGY. RELIGION
C — AUXILIARY SCIENCES OF HISTORY
D — HISTORY (GENERAL) AND HISTORY OF EUROPE
E — HISTORY: AMERICA
F — HISTORY: AMERICA
G — GEOGRAPHY. ANTHROPOLOGY. RECREATION
H — SOCIAL SCIENCES
J — POLITICAL SCIENCE
K — LAW
L — EDUCATION
M — MUSIC AND BOOKS ON MUSIC
N — FINE ARTS
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Information Overload! - Finding and Using Information @ your STU library

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Information Overload! - Finding and Using Information @ your STU library

  1. 1. Information Overload!<br />Information is everywhere, we’re here to help you find and make sense of it.<br />
  2. 2. What we offer:<br /><ul><li>Reference and Research Assistance
  3. 3. Books and E-Books
  4. 4. Online Databases
  5. 5. Journals and Magazines
  6. 6. Films
  7. 7. Inter-library Loan
  8. 8. Course Reserves
  9. 9. Study and Lounge Areas
  10. 10. COFFEE!!! </li></li></ul><li>Come pick our brains<br />Your STU librarians are here to help!<br />Who we are:<br />Jonathan Roach - Theology and Ministry<br />Larry Treadwell - Social Sciences, Business<br />Gricel Dominguez - Humanities and Writing<br />Isabel Ezquerra - Science, Technology, and Engineering Management<br />
  11. 11. How to find a book & more<br />Search the STU library catalog:<br />http://www.stu.edu/opac<br />You can search the library’s online catalog to find books, e-books, films, journals, periodicals, and more.<br />
  12. 12. You found a book in the catalog, now what?<br />
  13. 13. Understand Call numbers …<br />Call numbers:<br />Tell you WHERE an item is located in the library.<br />WHAT the item is about.<br />Are made up of letters, numbers, and decimals.<br />
  14. 14. Anatomy of a Call Number<br />G154.5.G55A32006   <br />This is the Call Number for this year’s Bobcat Read selection: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.<br />G154.5 indicates the subject of the book, and is the first clue in your search for the item. <br />.G55 A3 indicates the author’s last name. <br />(Note: The second part of a call number should be read as a DECIMAL. <br /> i.e. .444 comes before .52)<br />2006 indicates the year of publication<br />
  15. 15. What do those letters mean? <br />The books are organized according to the Library of Congress Classification scheme:   <br /><ul><li>A — GENERAL WORKS
  16. 16. B — PHILOSOPHY. PSYCHOLOGY. RELIGION
  17. 17. C — AUXILIARY SCIENCES OF HISTORY
  18. 18. D — HISTORY (GENERAL) AND HISTORY OF EUROPE
  19. 19. E — HISTORY: AMERICA
  20. 20. F — HISTORY: AMERICA
  21. 21. G — GEOGRAPHY. ANTHROPOLOGY. RECREATION
  22. 22. H — SOCIAL SCIENCES
  23. 23. J — POLITICAL SCIENCE
  24. 24. K — LAW
  25. 25. L — EDUCATION
  26. 26. M — MUSIC AND BOOKS ON MUSIC
  27. 27. N — FINE ARTS
  28. 28. P — LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
  29. 29. Q — SCIENCE
  30. 30. R — MEDICINE
  31. 31. S — AGRICULTURE
  32. 32. T — TECHNOLOGY
  33. 33. U — MILITARY SCIENCE
  34. 34. V — NAVAL SCIENCE
  35. 35. Z — BIBLIOGRAPHY. LIBRARY SCIENCE. INFORMATION RESOURCES (GENERAL) </li></li></ul><li>Searching the stacks<br /><ul><li>The Main Stacks are located on the second floor of the library.
  36. 36. The A and B sections are on the left side of the library (when you use the stairs).
  37. 37. The C – Z sections are on the right side.
  38. 38. The Reference Collection is located on the first floor, in the Reference area (by the computer lab).
  39. 39. Print Journals and Periodicals can be found next to the Reference Collection.</li></li></ul><li>Try our databases & more<br />Check out the library’s online resources at:<br />http://www.stu.edu/eResearch<br />The library’s E-Research page is your one-stop spot for quick access to online databases and full-text resources.<br />
  40. 40. General Databases<br /><ul><li>ABI/INFORM (ProQuest) 
  41. 41. Academic Search Premier (EBSCO)
  42. 42. FirstSearch (OCLC)
  43. 43. InfoTrac (Gale)
  44. 44. ProQuest Central
  45. 45. News databases:
  46. 46. Miami Herald
  47. 47. New York Times - Current (1999 to present)
  48. 48. Newsbank
  49. 49. USA Today</li></li></ul><li>Always Connected<br />You can access and use the library’s online databases anywhere on or off campus.<br />If you are off-campus, you will be prompted to log in to the database with your STU username and password (the same one you use to log on to My Bobcat).<br />
  50. 50. Found the perfect book or article but it’s not available at the STU Library?Try ILL!<br />
  51. 51. Inter-Library Loan<br /><ul><li>Request books and articles not available at STU.
  52. 52. May take several days to weeks for you to receive the item.
  53. 53. Use this service only if you have plenty of time before your assignment is due!
  54. 54. You can place a request at the Circulation Desk or online (see the Forms link on the library homepage).</li></li></ul><li>Writing & Research<br />
  55. 55. Getting started<br /><ul><li>Become familiar with your assignment.
  56. 56. If you need help, ask for direction!
  57. 57. Brainstorm research topics.
  58. 58. What kind of paper are you writing?
  59. 59. Analysis, summary, criticism, argument, review, etc.?
  60. 60. What subject do you want to write about?
  61. 61. A current event, a person, a book?
  62. 62. What kind of sources will you need to complete your assignment? </li></li></ul><li>Make a roadmap… <br /><ul><li>Develop a research plan and outline.
  63. 63. Pace yourself.
  64. 64. Start with what you know.
  65. 65. Plan time for research, reading, writing, and proof-reading.
  66. 66. Visit your STU library.</li></li></ul><li>Writing time <br /><ul><li>You have your topic and your sources. </li></ul> Now what?<br /><ul><li>Find a place where you feel comfortable and focused.
  67. 67. Plan the main points that you will discuss in your paper.
  68. 68. Write your first draft, include in-text citations and references!!!
  69. 69. Read and review your draft – Are you arguments sound? Does your content flow?
  70. 70. Proofread and edit! Double-check your style, citations, and references.</li></li></ul><li>What is plagiarism?<br />You are plagiarizing whenever you copy, “borrow”, or otherwise use another’s words or ideas without citing or crediting the original source.<br />Even if you don’t mean to plagiarize; if you copy and paste information, or present another’s work as your own, you are plagiarizing. <br />
  71. 71. Academic Dishonesty<br />Plagiarism is a form of Academic Dishonesty. <br />Like cheating on a test, presenting another’s words or ideas as your own is a form of academic dishonesty and will get you in trouble.<br /> It can even get you expelled!!!<br />Don’t be tempted to copy and paste! <br />Learn how to quote and cite information according to the style manual assigned by your professor or department.<br />
  72. 72. How to avoid Plagiarism…<br /><ul><li>If you….
  73. 73. Quote it
  74. 74. Paraphrase it
  75. 75. Summarize it</li></ul>CITE IT!<br />Word to the wise…<br /><ul><li>Don’t be tempted to add your citations later, enter them as you write your paper.
  76. 76. There is no such thing as “borrowing” someone’s ideas in academic writing. Avoid plagiarism by citing your sources.</li></li></ul><li>How to Cite Sources<br /><ul><li>Learn which citation style your professor wants you to use.
  77. 77. Style guides and manuals are available on the Library’s Ready Reference shelf. </li></li></ul><li>What is MLA Style?<br />MLA (Modern Language Association) Citation and Format Style is used when writing research papers in the humanities and liberal arts.<br />The MLA Style Manual provides guidelines for formatting and writing your research paper, as well as citing sources to avoid plagiarism.<br />
  78. 78. MLA Citation Style<br />In-text (Parenthetical) Citations<br />Tells your reader where quoted, summarized, or paraphrased material is from, and where to find the source on your Works Cited page.<br />Works Cited page<br />Tells your reader where you found the information. Includes information such as the author of the source, title, publisher, and year. Also indicates the format of the source.<br />
  79. 79. MLA Style quick-links<br />You can find more information and quick-guides on MLA (and other styles) on these pages:<br /><ul><li>STU Library’s Citation page:
  80. 80. http://www.stu.edu/Library/tabid/395/CitationStyleManuals/tabid/1187/Default.aspx
  81. 81. Diana Hacker’s Research and Documentation Online, 5th edition:
  82. 82. http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/resdoc5e/index.htm
  83. 83. The OWL at Purdue:
  84. 84. https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/</li></li></ul><li>RefWorks<br /><ul><li>A great way to organize, track, and save your reference information.
  85. 85. Setting up a RefWorks account:
  86. 86. Visit the Library’s E-Research page
  87. 87. Click on RefWorks
  88. 88. Getting Started:
  89. 89. Set-up Account at Library
  90. 90. Create Folders
  91. 91. Import Citations
  92. 92. Place Citations in Folders
  93. 93. Print Bibliographies </li></li></ul><li>Computers crash, flash-drives are lost… <br /> Save more than one copy of your document!<br /><ul><li>Email your document to yourself as an attachment.
  94. 94. Save it in the cloud using a free service such as:
  95. 95. GoogleDocs: http://docs.google.com
  96. 96. SkyDrive: http://skydrive.live.com
  97. 97. Box: http://www.box.net</li></ul>And Always… <br />

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