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Libray\'s electronic resources

  1. 1. Amherst Public School 8 th grade English Research World War II and the Holocaust
  2. 2. Research Resources <ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>Encyclopedias & other Reference materials </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic databases </li></ul>
  3. 3. But how do I find stuff in a library? <ul><li>Most libraries are organized by the Dewey Decimal System </li></ul><ul><li>Dewey “works” by dividing all knowledge into 10 sections (we’re talking Nonfiction here) </li></ul><ul><li>Numbers are assigned to each of those 10 sections </li></ul><ul><li>These numbers (plus 1-3 letters of author’s last name) are called “Call Numbers” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Call Numbers” are on the spine of each book </li></ul><ul><li>“ Call Numbers” tell where a book can be found in the library (its address) </li></ul><ul><li>Books on a particular subject will be in the same section of numbers, for most libraries </li></ul>
  4. 4. Dewey Decimal System <ul><li>Here’s how the Dewey Decimal System works </li></ul><ul><li>So, if you’re researching WWII or the Holocaust, which of the 10 sections would be the most helpful to you? </li></ul><ul><li>Refer to your Dewey Decimal bookmarks </li></ul>
  5. 5. Using KPL’s Card Catalog ( From anywhere you have internet access) Click on Online Catalog
  6. 6. Using General Keyword <ul><li>Best to start with a General Keyword search </li></ul><ul><li>For Author searches, always enter the last name , followed by the first name, if you know it </li></ul>
  7. 7. Results of your search Click on any title you’re interested in. This will give you subject headings, the call number, and the status of the book.
  8. 8. Locating the title on the shelf Before heading to the shelves, make note of the call # and the status
  9. 9. Try it! Use the card catalog to answer these questions: <ul><li>What is the title of one book that is written by William W. Lace? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is the author of “The Holocaust Camps”? </li></ul><ul><li>Do a general keyword search for “Auschwitz.” In the results, what call numbers are common to most of the titles? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Electronic Database <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><li>A database is a collection of related data that’s been organized for convenient access (via computer) </li></ul><ul><li>How is a database different from just “Googling” for information? </li></ul><ul><li>Information in databases have been screened & gathered by professionals </li></ul><ul><li>You know the information is authentic </li></ul>
  11. 11. Using Electronic Databases <ul><li>KPL subscribes to 20 electronic databases for patrons to use (that includes you) </li></ul><ul><li>Most can be accessed from anywhere you have internet access (home?) </li></ul><ul><li>5 are especially helpful for student research </li></ul><ul><li>They’re FREE! </li></ul><ul><li>Refer to the KPL bookmark for databases and their passwords (new passwords every Oct. & April) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Accessing the Databases Click on Research Databases <ul><li>First, you’ll need to click through a couple of NebraskAccess screens </li></ul><ul><li>Just remember, to click on the “library” icon if you’re accessing the databases from here at KPL </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the “house” icon if you’re accessing the databases from home </li></ul><ul><li>Passwords/logins are on the bookmarks (home/school) </li></ul>
  13. 13. 5 Best Student-Research Databases <ul><li>eLibrary </li></ul><ul><li>Wilson Full Text </li></ul><ul><li>Wilson Biographies </li></ul><ul><li>World Book Online </li></ul><ul><li>Country Watch </li></ul>
  14. 14. Using KPL’s Electronic Databases (From anywhere you have internet access) Click on Research Databases
  15. 15. eLibrary Type in your search term(s). Choose a reading level if you’d like. Click: Search
  16. 16. eLibrary Search Results Sort your results by reading level, if you’d like. Just click on any title to read the entire article or to see the picture, etc.
  17. 17. Citations are built in Once your article is open, just click on “Citation”
  18. 18. The full MLA citation
  19. 19. Try it! <ul><li>Find & open the eLibrary database (remember to click on the “library” icon from here within KPL) </li></ul><ul><li>Enter a search term for your topic </li></ul><ul><li>Limit to a grade level if you’d like </li></ul><ul><li>Sort your results (by reading level, date, relevance, etc.) </li></ul>
  20. 20. Wilson Full Text Type in your search term(s). Use the boolean terms of “and, or, not” to help limit your search. You could check the box to limit your search to Full Text Articles, if you’d like. Click: Start
  21. 21. Wilson Search Results Just click on either of the Full Text icons to read the entire article. (You may have the best luck with HTML.)
  22. 22. Try it! <ul><li>Find & open the Wilson Full Text database (remember to click on the “library” icon from here within KPL) </li></ul><ul><li>Enter a search term for your topic </li></ul><ul><li>Limit it to Full Text articles </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the Full Text HTML icon to see your article </li></ul>
  23. 23. Citing Your Sources <ul><li>One must always cite the sources used </li></ul><ul><li>There are several citing styles </li></ul><ul><li>Your teacher will tell you which style to use </li></ul><ul><li>One online source of citation help is MLA Citation Style </li></ul>
  24. 24. Researching <ul><li>Know what it is you want/need to know about your topic </li></ul><ul><li>Use the card catalog to find books on your topic </li></ul><ul><li>Use our electronic databases from anywhere you have internet access </li></ul><ul><li>Databases are provided to you free-of-charge , so we encourage you to make use of this resource </li></ul>
  25. 25. Thanks for coming! <ul><li>Have some fun doing your research </li></ul><ul><li>Let us know how we can help you </li></ul><ul><li>Good luck! </li></ul>