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E-Research Strategies - NUF 2013


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Presentation to NUF class of 2013 discussing library resources and research strategies.

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E-Research Strategies - NUF 2013

  1. 1. NUF:Electronic Information Research Prof. Linda Rath Graduate Services Librarian 646.312.1622
  2. 2. Today’s workshop …• focuses on research for capstone paper• is geared for “remote” research (off-campus and/or outside NYC)• will have demonstrations & hands-on exercises in small groups• step-by-step research process
  3. 3. You will be able to …• identify relevant library databases for a topic• build basic search strings (Boolean)• find scholarly, peer-reviewed articles• find the full-text of articles• identify “local” resources
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  6. 6. General Research Process Describe your topic / What is your question? Create Keywords List / Search terms What type(s) of information do you need? Where do you find this information? Who produces this information? Evaluate information Integrate information / Your Primary Research / Write paper Cite information (sources/creators)
  7. 7. Sources for Capstone Paper Analytical Sources Academic & Scholarly Articles (Peer Reviewed) Books Reports/ Papers Statistics News Sources Newspapers, trade journals, newswires, websitesNewman Library: *also contains scholarly/peer-reviewed articles
  8. 8. Sources for Capstone Paper Multidisciplinary databases: •Academic Search Complete •JSTOR (historical) Analytical Sources Academic & Subject specific databases: •Education Full Text Scholarly Articles •Medline (Peer Reviewed) •Social Sciences Full Text •and etc. •CUNY’s library catalog Books •Local library catalog •WorldCat (database of catalogs) Reports/ •PAIS International* •PolicyFile Papers •websites (think tanks, govt., etc.) Statistics •Statistical Abstract of the U.S. •Social Explorer (Census, maps, etc.) •websites (local/state/fed govt, etc.) Lexis Nexis Academic, Factiva, Ethnic Newswatch* News Sources Alt-Press Watch*, websites (organizations, associations, government, etc.)Newman Library: *also contains scholarly/peer-reviewed articles
  9. 9. Topic Development• Choose topic that interests you• Is topic too broad or too narrow?• Work within your time constraints• Discuss topic with your advisor/mentor• Your literature review process may focus your topic
  10. 10. Identify the Key Concepts• To what extent did blogs influence election outcomes in Broward County Government?
  11. 11. Brainstorm stage-Create Keywords List for searching blogs, bloggers elections social media campaigns citizen journalism web 2.0 social web political communication government impact Broward County influence county government local government
  12. 12. Identify appropriate databases • Go to the Newman Library’s databases page and use “Search for a Database by selecting Subject” • Go to NUF Library Guide, Finding Articles tab - Key NUF Databases • Identify public library or local university library databases (if open to public) Use Research Worksheet to write down & keep track of databases:
  13. 13. Identify databases:blogs elections government• Academic Search • Academic Search Complete • PAIS InternationalComplete • PAIS International • PolicyFile• Communication & • Science Direct • Sage JournalsMass MediaComplete • Social Sciences Full Text • Social Sciences Full Text• Business Source • Sage JournalsComplete• Sage Journals Use Research Worksheet to write down & keep track of databases:
  14. 14. Searching a database Boolean operators • Use AND, OR and (…) to combine your keywords
  15. 15. Searching a database Boolean operator AND Use AND to narrow your search and retrieve records containing all of the words it separates Example: Blogs AND influence AND elections
  16. 16. Searching a database Boolean operator OR Use OR to broaden your search and retrieve records containing any of the words it separates.Examples:• Blogs OR blogosphere OR social media• Elections OR campaigns• Influence OR impact
  17. 17. Searching a database Use AND, OR and (…) to string all your terms togetherExample:(Blogs OR blogosphere OR social media) AND(Elections OR campaigns) AND(Influence OR impact)
  18. 18. Searching a databaseHere is the same search string in a library entered in a database …
  19. 19. Searching a database • Field (or segment) searching looks for keywords within a specific area of a database record, such as title, author, subject, abstract, etc.
  20. 20. Searching a database • Proximity searching finds words near each other in an article. (Check Help pages in database on how to perform proximity searches.)
  21. 21. Searching a database • Truncate/Truncation symbol searches for variant endings to the root of a word. (Example: comput* finds computer or computing)
  22. 22. Searching a databaseFields and Proximity searching Fields/segments Proximity searching, within 5 words of each other
  23. 23. Searching a database• Sometime the database you are searching only has a citation or abstract to a record/article.• Click on the “Find it!” button to see if the full-text can be found in another Newman Library database.
  24. 24. Searching a databaseYou can limit your search results to“Scholarly” or “Peer Reviewed.” Example from PAIS International database
  25. 25. Searching a databaseYou can limit your search results to“Scholarly” or “Peer Reviewed.” Example from Academic Search Complete database
  26. 26. E-journal/Newspaper Demo • How to determine if the journal you want is available electronically in a Newman Library database
  27. 27. E-journal/Newspaper @ Newman1. Library homepage2. ”Journals/Magazines” link3. “Full Text Journal” link4. Type in title of journal & click on Search5. If database(s) appears, check years of coverage & then connect
  28. 28. Citation Management• Use the Research Worksheet – PDF on NUF Library Guide• Use citation management software – RefWorks (library database) – Zotero (firefox extension)
  29. 29. Citing Information • Use a style guide (APA, MLA, etc.) • A good online source for help is: Purdue’s OWL: • Many databases have output options (email, print, etc. in APA, MLA and etc.)
  30. 30. “Local” Resources • Public library systems • Academic libraries (one that has programs covering your topic) • Find a library, Exercise: Go to URL above & type in your home zip code.
  31. 31. Other sources• Think tanks (Example: Pew Internet & American Life or Pew Hispanic Center) – 2011 "Go-To" Think Tanks Report for ranked list• Government agencies (local, state, federal)• Trade associations