Research in LOIS and  Library Databases EngWr 300 (Puente), Spring 2008 Jeff Karlsen, LRC Librarian [email_address]
Doing research in LOIS and text databases: Getting started <ul><li>What is your  topic ?  You should be able to summarize ...
Topic    Keywords <ul><li>Topic : Anti-immigrant militias </li></ul><ul><li>Keywords : </li></ul><ul><li>immigration, imm...
Topic    Keywords <ul><li>General topic : Immigration by country </li></ul><ul><li>Narrower topic : Immigration from Indi...
Library Website <ul><li>Link on the SCC website </li></ul><ul><li>http://scc.losrios.edu </li></ul><ul><li>Library home pa...
LOIS : Books, audio/visual media, reserve materials, e-books
DATABASES  – articles, image collections, reference works, e-books
Using LOIS <ul><li>Start with  keywords , move on to  subjects </li></ul><ul><li>Keyword searching </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas...
LOIS Keywords    Subject <ul><li>Enter keywords </li></ul><ul><li>Skim results for promising books </li></ul><ul><li>Clic...
LOIS Subject Searching <ul><li>On search screen (“Start Over”), choose “Subject” </li></ul><ul><li>Type first words of sub...
LOIS: Where is the book? <ul><li>Location : </li></ul><ul><li>SCC=Sacramento City College </li></ul><ul><li>SCC-Reference-...
LOIS: Searching SCC only <ul><li>Click drop-down menu to select Sacramento City College </li></ul><ul><li>If you have a li...
Accessing databases from home: ARE YOU IN THE SYSTEM? <ul><li>In LOIS, go to the  My Record  section. If you can view your...
Finding articles and data: using Library  Databases  vs. Web (Google, Wikipedia, etc.) <ul><li>Information from high-quali...
CQ Researcher: In-depth reports reasonably current  information Start with simple  keyword search
ProQuest Research Library
Important search tips <ul><li>Enclose phrases in quotation marks (“undocumented workers”); not always necessary, but never...
ProQuest Research Library: Results <ul><li>ProQuest will suggest topics from its vocabulary—click on one to get all articl...
Important search tips: Boolean logic AND  finds only those materials that contain BOTH terms OR  finds materials that use ...
ProQuest Research Library: Refine search
ProQuest Research Library: Collecting materials <ul><li>“ Mark” documents to review later </li></ul><ul><li>Use “My Resear...
Other ProQuest databases <ul><li>Newspapers —major national newspapers (NY Times, Wall Street Journal, etc.) and smaller l...
Questions? Need more help? <ul><li>Reference Desk, 2 nd  floor of Learning Resource Center </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: 558-24...
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    1. 1. Research in LOIS and Library Databases EngWr 300 (Puente), 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 : Anti-immigrant militias </li></ul><ul><li>Keywords : </li></ul><ul><li>immigration, immigrants </li></ul><ul><li>illegal immigration </li></ul><ul><li>militias, vigilantes </li></ul><ul><li>border </li></ul><ul><li>Minutemen </li></ul><ul><li>United States, Mexico </li></ul>
    4. 4. Topic  Keywords <ul><li>General topic : Immigration by country </li></ul><ul><li>Narrower topic : Immigration from India </li></ul><ul><li>Keywords : </li></ul><ul><li>immigration </li></ul><ul><li>India </li></ul><ul><li>United States </li></ul><ul><li>South Asia </li></ul><ul><li>Silicon Valley, tech industry </li></ul>
    5. 5. 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>
    6. 6. LOIS : Books, audio/visual media, reserve materials, e-books
    7. 7. DATABASES – articles, image collections, reference works, e-books
    8. 8. Using LOIS <ul><li>Start with keywords , move on to subjects </li></ul><ul><li>Keyword searching </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas, words, phrases—can be in title, subject, author, chapter titles </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of results </li></ul><ul><li>Not very precise </li></ul><ul><li>Subject searching </li></ul><ul><li>Subject terms are in a particular form—not intuitive </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer results </li></ul><ul><li>More precise </li></ul>
    9. 9. LOIS Keywords  Subject <ul><li>Enter keywords </li></ul><ul><li>Skim results for promising books </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the title to see the full record </li></ul><ul><li>Look at subject </li></ul>Good subject headings; click on one to see more books on the same topic
    10. 10. LOIS Subject Searching <ul><li>On search screen (“Start Over”), choose “Subject” </li></ul><ul><li>Type first words of subject ( e.g. vocational guidance) </li></ul><ul><li>Browse list </li></ul><ul><li>Combine subject terms </li></ul>
    11. 11. LOIS: Where is the book? <ul><li>Location : </li></ul><ul><li>SCC=Sacramento City College </li></ul><ul><li>SCC-Reference-2nd Floor : Reference collection, does not leave the building </li></ul><ul><li>SCC-Circ Desk-2 Hour : Reserve book, can only be checked out for 2 hours </li></ul><ul><li>SCC-3rd Floor : Can be checked out for 3 weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Online E-Book : can be viewed via the Internet (requires Student Access card barcode and PIN) </li></ul><ul><li>Non-reserve, non-reference books at other Los Rios campuses ( ARC, CRC, FLC ) can be requested (2-4 days) </li></ul>
    12. 12. LOIS: Searching SCC only <ul><li>Click drop-down menu to select Sacramento City College </li></ul><ul><li>If you have a little more time, request books from other campuses </li></ul>
    13. 13. 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>
    14. 14. 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 </li></ul><ul><li>Newspapers (ProQuest): variety of newspapers incl. NY Times, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Christian Science Monitor </li></ul><ul><li>Ethnic News Watch (ProQuest) : periodicals addressing distinct communities </li></ul><ul><li>JSTOR : scholarly journals, good for history and sociology </li></ul><ul><li>CQ Researcher: In-depth reports on current issues </li></ul><ul><li>RAND California: California statistics </li></ul>
    15. 15. CQ Researcher: In-depth reports reasonably current information Start with simple keyword search
    16. 16. ProQuest Research Library
    17. 17. Important search tips <ul><li>Enclose phrases in quotation marks (“undocumented workers”); not always necessary, but never hurts </li></ul><ul><li>Ending a word with an asterisk (*) searches different endings (Mexic* searches Mexico, Mexican, Mexicans 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>
    18. 18. 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>
    19. 19. 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. families and family life AND immigration families and family life OR immigration families and family life NOT immigration
    20. 20. ProQuest Research Library: Refine search
    21. 21. 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>
    22. 22. Other ProQuest databases <ul><li>Newspapers —major national newspapers (NY Times, Wall Street Journal, etc.) and smaller local papers </li></ul><ul><li>Ethnic NewsWatch —ability to filter by ethnic group </li></ul>
    23. 23. 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>

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