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Module 3: Using TheBRAIN and Your Brain


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Module 3: Using TheBRAIN and Your Brain

  1. 1. Using TheBRAIN and Your Brain
  2. 2. Today’s Agenda: Basic Training <ul><ul><ul><li>Libraryland Lingo </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Translating Assignments </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Locating Academic Resources </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Choose Your Tool(s) <ul><ul><li>Books = historical or background information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Journal articles = very current developments, academic and professional research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Newspaper articles = gauge public opinion, info for that moment in time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Websites = gov’t publications, organizations’ attitudes </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Churn It Up! <ul><li>Your language may not work with our resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library resources are organized by librarians </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Most likely you will find information, but… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>it might be only a fraction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>it might not be the best </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Database Tips and Tricks <ul><li>Kick the keyword search to the curb </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the left hand column – it’s like having a lovely librarian on your shoulder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You will get everything actually on topic, not just articles that mention your words </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Look Left to Narrow Your Search
  7. 7. Magazines & Journals <ul><li>Be choosey </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use you program pages from TheBRAIN’s homepage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>These pages provide you the links to the resources and services recommended for your program of study </li></ul></ul><ul><li>/ </li></ul>
  8. 8. Additional Tips <ul><li>Be lazy, but academic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Click full text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specify a date range if currency is a focus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limit by number of pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decide if you need the professional or academic experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>this can be the difference between a cup or a carafe of coffee while reading your articles </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Don’t forget about books! <ul><li>New catalogue is easier than ever! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use your words </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And then – LOOK LEFT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click through to even better results </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Research Recap <ul><ul><li>Brainstorm – find alternatives to your lingo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>break your topic down into 2 or 3 terms </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make the database(s) work for you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>limit to full text, by date, by source type, … </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>use subjects over keywords when you can </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t be afraid to play </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask for help! </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Test Drive <ul><ul><li>While this info is fresh, take TheBRAIN for a test drive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the Help! widgets on our course’s homepage to ask the Library any questions you may have on constructing a good search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You will need to fine tune your skills for the upcoming modules </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Whew!
  13. 13. If you think of any… <ul><li>Peggy French </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>Any library staff member! </li></ul>