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Poli 378 fall 2010

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Poli 378 fall 2010

  1. 1. Research Tips & Tricks<br />POLI 378 <br />The Canadian Judicial Process<br />Megan Fitzgibbons, Liaison Librarian<br />
  2. 2. How big is the internet?<br />
  3. 3. 3<br />Google doesn’t find everything….<br />
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  5. 5. Office Hours<br />Every Wednesday<br />13:30-15:30<br />Leacock 324B<br />
  6. 6. Agenda<br />The flow of information<br />Finding academic articles<br />Government information<br />Your questions!<br />
  7. 7. Information flow<br />Academic analysis<br />
  8. 8. Scholarly information timeline<br />Write-up<br />Revise<br />Reviewed<br />Research study<br />Researcher<br />Conference paper <br />Article<br />Journals<br />Feedback from peers! <br />Revisions usually required. <br />Feedback from peers! <br />Further research conducted. <br />
  9. 9. Points to evaluate:<br />Currency<br />Reliability<br />Accuracy<br />Purpose<br />
  10. 10. Evaluation task<br />Look at the characteristics of each article. (No need to read them!)<br />Evaluate the currency, reliability, accuracy, and purpose of the article<br />Make a judgment: should you use this article for your term paper?<br />
  11. 11. 11<br />Sax, David. “Ignatieff for Canada.” <br />Foreign Policy online January, 2006:<br />http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=3352<br />Not a scholarly article. Use with caution.<br />
  12. 12. Matheson, Andrew. “Seeking Inclusion South Asian Political Representation in Suburban Canada.” Electoral Insight 8, no. 2 (December 2006): 24-29. <br />http://www.elections.ca/eca/eim/article_search/article.asp?id=146&lang=e&frmPageSize=5&textonly=false<br />12<br />Publication sponsored by a government agency. NOT peer-reviewed.<br />
  13. 13. 13<br />Stanford, Jim. “Canada's Productivity Performance Under the Stephen Harper Government.” Behind the Numbers 9, no. 2 (September 2008). <br />http://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National_Office_Pubs/2008/Canadas_Productivity_Performance.pdf<br />Publication by a think tank organization. NOT peer-reviewed.<br />
  14. 14. 14<br />Claes, Ellen, Marc Hooghe and Dietlind Stolle. “The Political Socialization of Adolescents in Canada: Differential Effects of Civic Education on Visible Minorities.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 42 (2009): 613-636.<br />http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0008423909990400<br />Scholarly, peer-reviewed article.<br />
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  16. 16. Where do you find articles?<br />
  17. 17. Choosing your ingredients<br />
  18. 18. Different from searching the web…<br />Databases are like directories for finding academic articles<br />
  19. 19. Databases: What’s the difference???<br />Each database provider chooses different journals, books, etc. to include in their index.<br />Some are specialized directories (e.g., only legal journals), while some are broad (e.g., social sciences in general, with a few journals from each discipline).<br />You will find that some of the databases overlap, but they all have some unique content. <br />
  20. 20. The Subject Guide<br />
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  22. 22. This guide lists links to resources that will help you find information for your assignment.<br />
  23. 23. My topic<br />Judicial activism in Canada<br />
  24. 24. Search tip 1<br />“Exact phrase”<br />Examples:<br />“Charter of Rights and Freedoms”<br />“Stephen Harper”<br />
  25. 25. Search tip 2<br />AND<br /> Canada AND constitution<br />OR<br /> ethnicity OR race<br />
  26. 26. Canada<br />Canadian<br />Canad*<br />Canadiens<br />Search tip 3: fill in the blank<br />
  27. 27. Search tip 4<br />Subject words<br />Look for the standardized subject words or “descriptors” in the database<br />
  28. 28. Research process<br />
  29. 29. If not available…<br />If full text is not available online<br />Search the library catalogue for the journal title<br />Use CREPUQ or Interlibrary Loan (ILL)<br />
  30. 30. Off campus?<br />Virtual Private Network<br />
  31. 31. Bibliography<br />
  32. 32. Roach, Kent.<br />Due Process and Victims’ Rights.<br />Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999.<br />How to find…<br />Look for the title of the book in the catalogue<br />
  33. 33. Malloy, Jonathan.<br />“Bush/Harper? Canadian <br />American Evangelical Politics Compared.”<br />American Review of Canadian Studies 39, no. 4 (2009):<br />352-363. <br />How to find…<br />
  34. 34. All articles are NOT listed directly in the library catalogue!<br />
  35. 35. Malloy, Jonathan.<br />“Bush/Harper? Canadian <br />American Evangelical Politics Compared.”<br />American Review of Canadian Studies 39, no. 4 (2009):<br />352-363. <br />How to find…<br />Look for the title of the journal in the catalogue<br />
  36. 36. Finding government information<br /> Two strategies: <br /> Searching<br /> Browsing <br />
  37. 37. Finding government information<br />Searching by keyword <br />Custom Google search<br />Canadian Research Index<br />
  38. 38. Finding government information<br />Browsing: who would write about your topic? <br />Government of Canada website<br />Look for: CanLII (legislation), Parliament, Supreme Court<br />McGill Library government information guide<br />
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  40. 40. Where do you find articles?<br />
  41. 41. Library materials<br />Subject guide<br />VPN help<br />
  42. 42. Ask Us!<br />
  43. 43. What are your questions?<br />Megan Fitzgibbons<br />Liaison Librarian<br />megan.fitzgibbons@mcgill.ca<br />514-398-4696<br />Office hours:<br />Wednesdays, 13:30-15:30<br />Leacock 324B<br />
  44. 44. Image Credits<br />Slide 1: Juggling by timailiushttp://www.flickr.com/photos/9914541@N05/2832728718/. License: Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic <br />Slide 3: Vastness of the Internet by Ellie Koning Retrieved from http://blog.alivenow.in/2010/07/infographic-vastness-of-internet.html<br />Slide 8: Information timeline. Created by Anna Stewart, Librarian, St. Edward’s University. Retrieved September 21, 2009 from: http://libr.stedwards.edu/about_library/depts/instruction/instr_class_docs.htm. Used with permission.<br />Slide 18: Life ring by mag3737 http://www.flickr.com/photos/50318388@N00/2071089166 / License: Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic <br />Slide 21: Yellow-Pages by metrostation. Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic http://www.flickr.com/photos/28803949@N00/30441950/<br />Slide 39: Standing upon the shoulders of giants by mushonhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/74121966@N00/282287572/. Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic<br />

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