POLI319 Research Tips

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POLI319 Research Tips

  1. 1. Library Research Tips POLI 319 Politics of Latin America Megan Fitzgibbons Liaison Librarian January 19, 2009
  2. 2. Did You Know? Your Liaison Librarian can: Provide help by phone, e-mail, chat and in Second Life Offer individual consultations Find stuff!
  3. 3. Information Universe
  4. 4. Agenda How to: Find journal articles Find books Find news articles Evaluate information
  5. 5. A good place to start The Course Guide
  6. 6. Individual articles are NOT listed directly in the library catalogue!
  7. 7. Article indexes and databases In library? Maybe not! Broad or narrow Many types of documents Citations, abstracts or full- text articles
  8. 8. But why can’t I just use ?
  9. 9. Using OR “Latin “South OR OR America” America” AND Ethnic* Race Identity OR OR AND Political Vot* Elect* OR OR Participation
  10. 10. Use OR for synonyms Use AND to combine terms
  11. 11. Types of materials
  12. 12. Select related subjects for a new search
  13. 13. Mark results to save them Instant full text Find the full-text article from another source
  14. 14. Click GO to view the full- text article from another database provider
  15. 15. • This article is not available in full-text online. • Search the library catalogue for the journal title. • If we don’t own it, use Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
  16. 16. What to do if… If full text is not available online Search the library catalogue for the journal title If not Use CREPUQ or Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
  17. 17. Off campus? VPN
  18. 18. How to find… Vanden, Harry E. Politics of Latin America: The Power Game. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  19. 19. Title search
  20. 20. How to find… Oxhorn, Philip. “Civil Society Without A State?” World Futures 63, no. 5 (2007): 324-339.
  21. 21. Individual articles are NOT listed directly in the library catalogue!
  22. 22. Journal title search
  23. 23. Keyword search politics political politic? politicians used to find
  24. 24. Broad search = many results
  25. 25. Find other books on this subject
  26. 26. Find other books on this subject
  27. 27. Location in the library
  28. 28. Your library account
  29. 29. Ways to access materials  Print: search the library catalogue  Full-text online  If no full-text, use  Not in Montreal? Use Interlibrary Loan (ILL)  Use the VPN to access materials off-campus
  30. 30. A preliminary search
  31. 31. Refining a search
  32. 32. Popular articles Scholarly articles Purpose: Entertainment Report original research Current awareness Review previously published studies Research summaries Audience: General public Students, scholars, researchers Authors: Journalists Researchers, academics Often named Always named Characteristics: Short(er) articles Describe research methodologies Advertisements/photos Charts, graphs, tables Published daily, weekly, Published quarterly, annually monthly Reviewed by editorial board/peer- Proofread/reviewed by reviewed editors *Peer reviewed = reviewed and accepted for publication by a panel of recognized experts in a field
  33. 33. Evaluating websites Currency: up-to-date, working links Reliability: accurate, verifiable Authority: - URL – domain name .com .net .edu .org [~ %] - Author – credentials Purpose: objectivity, bias
  34. 34. To take away  Use the course guide!  Books: use the catalogue  Articles: use indexes (databases)  VPN for off-campus access Evaluate the info you find
  35. 35. Contact a librarian NOT a last resort! Office hours: Mondays 2:00-4:00 Leacock 541 megan.fitzgibbons@mcgill.ca 514-398-4696

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