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Women and the Economy: Library Resources


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Women and the Economy: Library Resources

  1. 1. WOMEN IN THE ECONOMY: LIBRARY RESOURCES Jennifer Thiessen, Liaison Librarian for Women’s and Gender Studies
  2. 2. Our agenda • Finding journal articles • Choosing a database/tool • Search tips • Evaluating • Primary vs. secondary sources • Popular vs. academic • Other tools • Writing/citing • Questions? Help? Jobs for Girls and Women by Vintaga Posters
  3. 3. Getting started • Find a research topic (Need help? Look at course readings, browse an encyclopedia, see what’s in the news) • Find keywords in your topic • What are the effects of childbearing on labor supply? • Generate search terms • Look for subject headings/descriptors, use synonyms, read abstracts, use your own knowledge of the topic, etc. • Choose database/s • Search • Evaluate
  4. 4. Why use databases?
  5. 5. Getting to the databases Library website > Databases > Women’s Studies
  6. 6. Limit to peer-review…
  7. 7. Or not.
  8. 8. Look for subject headings to focus your search
  9. 9. More Search Tips • Use quotation marks for phrases • “unpaid work”; “educational leadership” • Use * to search for alternate endings • Canad* = Canada, Canadian, etc.; work* = work, works, working, etc. • Use synonyms • work, labor, labour, job, employment, etc. • childbearing, pregnancy, fertility, etc. • Too many results? • Use limits (peer-reviewed, date, language, etc.) • Add additional keywords; get more specific • Too few results? • Remove one or more keywords • Go broader (e.g. search Canada instead of Ontario)
  10. 10. Other tools • Primary sources • First-hand accounts Sarah Cowper's Diary, Volume 1, 1700-1702, Defining Gender, 1450-1910
  11. 11. Other tools… • Primary sources • Data • Statistics •
  12. 12. • Use from the Library website • Why use Google Scholar? o Another “database” o Find works that cite a particular article/book o Watch: Get Better Results with Google Scholar
  13. 13. CRAAP Test • For evaluating books, journals, websites, etc. (i.e. Can I use this in my paper/assignment?)
  14. 14. Writing and Citing • Many databases offer citation tools
  15. 15. More citation help: • APA Style Quick Guide (Dalhousie University) • APA Style Guide (Purdue Online Writing Lab) • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association Catalogue record for print copy in our library.
  16. 16. Need help?
  17. 17. For more help… •See the Library Help pages •Contact the Library Help Desk •905-688-5550 x. 3233 or use email form •Contact your liaison librarian: •Jennifer Thiessen (phone, chat, email)