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EngWri 300 (Magneson)

  1. 1. Research in ProQuest and JSTOR EngWr 300 (Magneson), Spring 2008 Jeff Karlsen, LRC Librarian [email_address]
  2. 2. Doing research in LOIS and text databases: Getting started <ul><li>What is your topic ? You should be able to summarize it in a single phrase </li></ul><ul><li>What are keywords ? </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas, phrases, topics </li></ul><ul><li>When you search for information, you can combine them </li></ul>
  3. 3. Topic  Keywords <ul><li>Topic : semiotics of cell phones </li></ul><ul><li>Keywords : </li></ul><ul><li>cell phones, cellular phones, mobile phones </li></ul><ul><li>privacy </li></ul><ul><li>work, leisure </li></ul><ul><li>communication, community </li></ul><ul><li>individuality, isolation </li></ul><ul><li>consumption, conspicuous consumption </li></ul><ul><li>United States, Mexico </li></ul>
  4. 4. Library Website <ul><li>Link on the SCC website </li></ul><ul><li>http://scc.losrios.edu </li></ul><ul><li>Library home page </li></ul><ul><li>http://scc.losrios.edu/~library </li></ul>
  5. 5. LOIS : Books, audio/visual media, reserve materials, e-books
  6. 6. DATABASES – articles, image collections, reference works, e-books
  7. 7. Accessing databases from home: ARE YOU IN THE SYSTEM? <ul><li>In LOIS, go to the My Record section. If you can view your record in LOIS, then you can access resources from home (and renew and request books, too!). If not, visit the Circulation Desk. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Finding articles and data: using Library Databases vs. Web (Google, Wikipedia, etc.) <ul><li>Information from high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed journals; mostly not available on open Web </li></ul><ul><li>No advertising </li></ul><ul><li>Saves you time </li></ul><ul><li>Research Library (ProQuest) : information on various topics. Academic journals, general-interest magazines, trade publications </li></ul><ul><li>Newspapers (ProQuest): variety of newspapers incl. NY Times, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Christian Science Monitor </li></ul><ul><li>JSTOR: scholarly journals; no material newer than 3 years ago </li></ul>
  9. 9. ProQuest Research Library
  10. 10. Important search tips <ul><li>Enclose phrases in quotation marks (“body piercing, “american idol”); not always necessary, but never hurts </li></ul><ul><li>Ending a word with an asterisk (*) searches different endings (blog* searches blog, blogs, blogging, blogosphere etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Keyword often searches only the citation (title, author, abstract, subjects), not full-text of article. You can often command the search engine to search full-text in a dropdown screen. </li></ul>
  11. 11. ProQuest Research Library: Results <ul><li>ProQuest will suggest topics from its vocabulary—click on one to get all articles in that category </li></ul>
  12. 12. Important search tips: Boolean logic AND finds only those materials that contain BOTH terms OR finds materials that use EITHER term (more results) NOT (sometimes AND NOT ) finds articles that contain one term, but not the other. cell phones AND privacy Cell phones OR mobile phones cell phones NOT iphone
  13. 13. ProQuest Research Library: Refine search
  14. 14. ProQuest Research Library: Collecting materials <ul><li>“ Mark” documents to review later </li></ul><ul><li>Use “My Research” tab to view marked documents </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail, print, or save full text </li></ul><ul><li>PDF generally better for preserving images—they don’t always display correctly in “Text+Graphics” </li></ul><ul><li>Choose citation format—beware, sometimes format is not done correctly </li></ul>
  15. 15. JSTOR : Advanced Search Screen JSTOR contains lots of reviews; exclude unless you want them SCC is unlikely to have these Journals go back to the late 1800s!
  16. 16. Questions? Need more help? <ul><li>Reference Desk, 2 nd floor of Learning Resource Center </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: 558-2461 </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail me: [email_address] </li></ul>