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  1. 1. The Library and the Web: Multicultural Curriculum Resources and Research Strategies Lorin Flores Fisher Information Literacy Coordinator Alkek Library, Texas State University-San Marcos [email_address]
  2. 2. Presentation Outline <ul><li>General Search Strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Library Resources & Services </li></ul><ul><li>The Invisible Web & Google </li></ul><ul><li>Social Researching </li></ul>
  3. 3. General Search Strategies <ul><li>matches word entered with words in text </li></ul><ul><li>most common method of searching </li></ul><ul><li>use synonyms or variants of topic </li></ul><ul><li>use discipline-specific terms </li></ul><ul><li>use narrower or broader terms </li></ul><ul><li>break up phrases into single words </li></ul><ul><li>Maximize Keyword searches with Boolean Searching (and, or, not) </li></ul>Keyword Searching
  4. 4. General Search Strategies <ul><li>matches word to predefined subject </li></ul><ul><li>check lists of subjects, called &quot;thesauri&quot; in databases </li></ul><ul><li>Library Catalog uses Library of Congress Subject Headings </li></ul><ul><li>similar to tags in web 2.0 applications like flickr, etc. </li></ul>Subject Searching
  5. 5. Library Resources & Services <ul><li>Library Databases </li></ul><ul><li>Multicultural and Gender Studies Databases list </li></ul><ul><li>Image Databases </li></ul><ul><li>Education Databases </li></ul><ul><li>Subject specific databases helpful. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Library Resources & Services <ul><li>Library Catalog </li></ul><ul><li>Persistent links to searches see &quot;Multicultural curriculum&quot; Catalog search </li></ul><ul><li>Search and find e-books and other media content </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced Search features like filtering by collection and language </li></ul><ul><li>Library of Congress subject headings </li></ul><ul><li>Keyword Searches </li></ul><ul><li>Search alerts and renewal with My Account </li></ul>
  7. 7. Library Resources & Services <ul><li>Research Consultations </li></ul><ul><li>Request Individual Research Consultation </li></ul><ul><li>Individual Research Consultations are available for students, faculty, and staff. These sessions allow you to work one-on-one with a librarian. In order to give you the best research assistance, please give us at least two days notice for your request. </li></ul><ul><li>Interlibrary Loan </li></ul><ul><li>Interlibrary Loan is a Library lending service available to current TxState faculty, students and employees. ILL borrows items from other libraries that the Alkek Library does not own. Use ILLIAD , the online interlibrary loan request system, to order your ILL items. </li></ul><ul><li>Typical turnaround for a book is 2 weeks. If articles are found in electronic format, requests can be sent via email. </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: 512.245.4893 M -F 8:00am - 5:00pm in Room 213 </li></ul><ul><li>After hours go to Reference Desk on the second floor. </li></ul><ul><li>Texshare Cards </li></ul><ul><li>Texshare cards allow you borrowing privileges when visiting participating libraries.All current students and employees are eligible. Request a card online through this TexShare card form . Sign up in person at the Circulation Desk . Or contact Circulation at 512.245.3681, gs18@txstate.edu. </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Invisible Web <ul><li>Fee-based or password protected content </li></ul><ul><li>Non-text files like .ppt, .pdf, images, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamically generated pages (databases etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Search engines only access about 1% of web content </li></ul><ul><li>Invisible web is estimated to be about 500 times bigger than the visible web </li></ul>
  9. 9. Google and other Google Flavors <ul><li>Google advanced search can help </li></ul><ul><li>Use it to specify searches for non-text files like .ppt and .pdf. </li></ul><ul><li>Can also specify by domain </li></ul><ul><li>Google Image –searches for images </li></ul><ul><li>Google Books —can search for terms in book content </li></ul><ul><li>Google Blogs —searches for content in Blogs </li></ul>
  10. 10. Google Scholar <ul><li>It's a version of Google that searches for scholarly content </li></ul><ul><li>Using Google Scholar often helps uncover items from different and unexpected databases. </li></ul><ul><li>Google Scholar --If you are on campus, searching Google Scholar will link to the subscription sources available to you as Texas State faculty. If you are off-campus, you can get the same &quot; Google Scholar effect&quot; by accessing Google Scholar from the Library Databases link. If you are off campus, you will be prompted for your TxState NetID to access content. </li></ul>
  11. 11. RSS & Journal Alerts <ul><li>Many databases have alerts to notify you of new journal issues or search results. </li></ul><ul><li>RSS feeds saves you time. </li></ul><ul><li>Some popular RSS feed readers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bloglines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Reader </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My Yahoo! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>News on Feeds list of aggregators </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Social Researching <ul><li>Citeulike is a social sharing site for journal articles. </li></ul><ul><li>Del.icio.us is a social sharing site for bookmarks. </li></ul><ul><li>Subject-area blogs </li></ul>
  13. 13. Thank you!