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  • This PPT is intended as an outline for librariansIt highlights what needs to be covered during Session 2.You do not need to show this PPT in class.Search examples used here taken from class readingsFeel free to search your own topic examples related to the readings
  • Start presentation by showing how to get to the library homepage (whether it’s from the Mason homepage or simply typing in library. gmu.edu) Can also mention that Honors College InfoGuide has catalog search box on welcome page
  • Focus on the quick catalog search from the library homepage for simplicity Start with a keyword search Honors College wants us to stress aspects of the “research process” so talk about… Process of refining a search How one relevant item leads to another & another, etc. Different ways to approach a search Use an example from their readings: Frederick Douglas, Rosa Parks, Civil Rights Movement, etc. Example here shows Rosa Parks as a general keyword search.
  • Following catalog search-> discuss results page Title, call #, location, status, date Process of evaluating results Pick relevant title from results list as example to discuss further
  • *Example of catalog record inserted here as PDF. See next to 2 slides for information to highlight in class.
  • Highlight parts of the record: title, author, subjects, extra information like bibliography or maps, etc. Note information needed for citation Click on a subject link to show: Browsing concept Find more items New search terms
  • MORE-> Highlight other parts of the catalog record: Table of contents in this example Location Availability/Status Send text to cell phone Call number link/browsing
  • Subject Links-> Mentioned in earlier slide but pulled out for emphasis. Click on subject heading link as example for finding similar items. Show options. Browse. Past Honors College faculty/GTAs have stressed this tool.
  • Subject Links-> Mentioned in earlier slide but pulled out for emphasis. Click on subject heading link as example for finding similar items. Show options. Browse. Past Honors College faculty/GTAs have stressed this tool.
  • Subject Links-> Mentioned in earlier slide but pulled out for emphasis. Click on subject heading link as example for finding similar items. Show options. Browse. Past Honors College faculty/GTAs have stressed this tool.
  • Point out other ways to search the catalog like using quotation marks around a phrase & Boolean searching with AND. Time permitting, also show advanced search option and possibly truncation searching. Honors College faculty mentioned advanced search strategies in their documents. Incorporate when appropriate.
  • Briefly mention other ways to search catalog through Library Catalogs link.WRLC Time limitations will prevent in-depth discussion of the WLRC. However, students need to know that the WRLC is an option and how to get to its catalog using the Mason library website.
  • Optional, if time permits Example here is Rosa Parks AND civil rights. Search as “all of these” or as phrase depending on example You can use this search or another search based on class readings. If a student has chosen as paper topic, you can also use the topic as an example. However, it’s still early in the semester. Briefly discuss search results
  • Optional, if time permits Example here is Rosa Parks AND civil rights. Search as “all of these” or as phrase depending on example You can use this search or another search based on class readings. If a student has chosen as paper topic, you can also use the topic as an example. However, it’s still early in the semester. Briefly discuss search results
  • Search example used above: ROSA PARKS Same search example used when searching the Mason catalog Focused on keyword search here as well Use any example based on their readings or student paper topics Search options
  • Search example used above: ROSA PARKS Same search example used when searching the Mason catalog Focused on keyword search here as well Use any example based on their readings or student paper topics Search options
  • Highlight components of a results page in a WRLC catalog search (e.g. number of results, titles, locations, availability) Show individual catalog record & compare to Mason catalog record if time allows . How to request item from WRLC
  • Search example used above: ROSA PARKS Same search example used when searching the Mason catalog Focused on keyword search here as well Use any example based on their readings or student paper topics Search options
  • Exploring the library catalog

    1. 1. Exploring the Library Catalog<br />Honors 110: Research Methods<br />Fall 2010<br />
    2. 2. Library Websitehttp://library.gmu.edu<br />
    3. 3. Quick Catalog Searchhttp://library.gmu.edu<br />rosa parks <br />
    4. 4. Search Results<br />
    5. 5. Catalog Record<br />
    6. 6. Catalog Record<br />
    7. 7. Catalog Record<br />Table of Contents<br />
    8. 8. Subject Links<br />
    9. 9. Working with Your Results<br />In addition to sending a title to your cell phone, you can also save multiple items to list. You can then save, print, or email this list.<br />
    10. 10. Understanding Call Numbers<br />
    11. 11. Other Ways to Search<br />Quotation marks around phrases like “civil rights”<br />Use AND to connect search terms (“bus boycott” AND Alabama)<br />Truncation (Gree? picks up both Greek & Greece)<br />Advanced searching (Builder Search) -> Helps to refine search<br />And more…<br />
    12. 12. Other Catalog Searches<br />
    13. 13. Advanced Catalog Search<br />
    14. 14. Advanced Catalog SearchMore options: Search as a phrase<br />
    15. 15. Do You Know the Title You Want?<br />If you know the title you want to find, check out this online tutorial.<br />
    16. 16. WRLC<br />Washington Research Library Consortium<br />Following slides show keyword search in WRLC catalog<br />Can’t find a topic or title in the Mason catalog?<br />Check out the WRLC to see if a consortium library has it, like George Washington or American.<br />
    17. 17. WRLC<br />Washington Research Library Consortium<br />rosa parks<br />
    18. 18. WRLCSearch Results<br />
    19. 19. WRLC<br />Washington Research Library Consortium<br />
    20. 20. Questions?<br />Contact the librarians working with your Honors 110 section<br />Call the Reference Desk<br />Fenwick: 703-993-2210<br />Johnson Center: 703-993-9070<br />Email<br />IM<br />Check out the Infoguides<br />Stop by the Reference Desk!<br />

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