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Library Research in Education

  1. 1. Jennifer Thiessen Liaison Librarian, Education
  2. 2. <ul><li>Finding books and articles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Catalogues and Databases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Citation chasing (using a reference list) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Google Scholar; Google Books </li></ul><ul><li>Saving, storing and managing articles (Refworks) </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Know what is appropriate: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scholarly, academic, peer-reviewed material </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Balance between non-scholarly and scholarly, if appropriate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. curriculum documents, contemporary thought, gray lit </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Material that presents empirical data/evidence to back up claims, not just opinions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Know where to begin searching: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library catalogues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library databases – Education Research Complete, ERIC, Educational Administration Abstracts, Sage Journals Online </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>They gather a lot of information on one topic in one place </li></ul><ul><li>They can provide a good overview or good background information on a topic </li></ul><ul><li>They often offer extensive bibliographies </li></ul><ul><li>Consider reference materials </li></ul><ul><li>E.g. 21 st Century Education [electronic resource] </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Our library catalogue </li></ul><ul><li>Other Ontario universities </li></ul><ul><li>WorldCat – http://www.worldcat.org </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use keywords </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Journal articles discuss one perspective </li></ul><ul><li>Each article makes a unique contribution </li></ul><ul><li>Articles can supplement information found first in books </li></ul><ul><li>Articles can offer more up-to-date information </li></ul>
  7. 8. Click on Education to see a list of databases for that subject area. Click on Research, then Databases.
  8. 9. <ul><li>Click on a database name, then start searching. </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Recommended: Education Research Complete ; ERIC , SAGE </li></ul><ul><li>Tips: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Limit to scholarly (peer reviewed) journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look for descriptors (or subject headings) for more focused results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use quotation marks for bound phrase searching (“standardized testing” ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not all articles are available online in full text format </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Get it” button looks for the full text throughout all of the Library’s databases </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>http://scholar.google.ca/ </li></ul><ul><li>Caveats: </li></ul><ul><li>Google Scholar does not have nearly the number of publisher agreements as are available through our 300+ library databases. </li></ul><ul><li>Use the Get it! @Brock option to get back to full-text items from our databases (rather than going to a publisher’s page and paying them for information). </li></ul><ul><li>Use Google Scholar in conjunction with RACER, our interlibrary loan system at Brock University. </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Have you found a fantastic article (either from a database search or your reading list)? </li></ul><ul><li>Use the reference list of that article (esp. if it is a recent article) to find additional relevant articles </li></ul>
  12. 14. <ul><li>Search for TITLE (of book) </li></ul><ul><li>OR JOURNAL TITLE </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.library.brocku.ca/ </li></ul><ul><li>What if Brock doesn’t have it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use RACER (Interlibrary Loan) to request it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Borrow from another University library </li></ul></ul>
  13. 15. <ul><li>Refworks </li></ul><ul><li>Build your own database of information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Citations and links to the full text </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Create multiple folders </li></ul><ul><li>Allows you to create formatted bibliographies (in APA, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>RefWorks allows you to create in-text references. </li></ul>
  14. 16. The Concept: database reference(s) * optional * produce bibliography bibliographic management software export
  15. 17. <ul><li>Visit the Graduate Education Research Guide or Education Course Pages </li></ul><ul><li>See the Help pages </li></ul><ul><li>Contact the Library Help Desk </li></ul><ul><ul><li>905-688-5550 x. 3233 or use email form </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Contact your liaison librarian: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jennifer Thiessen (phone, chat, email) </li></ul></ul>

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