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Discovering Information

  1. 1. Discovering Information<br />Introduction to Electronic <br />Library Resources<br />Sara Finch, Librarian<br />
  2. 2. WANTED<br />life-long learners <br />who can find, evaluate & use information<br />$$$ Endless Rewards<br />
  3. 3. Internet Search Engines: Google, Bing, Yahoo…<br />
  4. 4. Information on the Internet<br />Search - What is the origin of clinking glasses?<br />Answer: <br />“originated in the medieval days when wine was often spiked with poison” <br />
  5. 5. (Mis)information on the Internet<br /> Clinking Glasses<br />Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division (DMRD)<br />MLK<br />AIDS Data Facts about Women and AIDS<br />
  6. 6. Use the Library Web Site<br /><br />Doña Ana Branch Community College<br />
  7. 7. Use the Web Site to Find the Catalog<br />
  8. 8. Use the Library Web Site Doña Ana Branch Community College<br />Find<br /><ul><li>Catalog
  9. 9. eBooks (including reference books)
  10. 10. Articles (academic and medical journal articles and magazine and newspaper articles)
  11. 11. Best of the Web
  12. 12. Research & citation help, test prep</li></li></ul><li>Reference Materials (eBooks)What are they and what are they used for?<br />dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases and bibliographies<br />introductory sources that give basic background <br />information about the subject<br />Broad overview of the subject <br />Definitions of the topic <br />Introduction to key issues <br />Names of people who are authorities in the subject field <br />Major dates and events <br />Keywords and terms (can be used for database searches)<br />
  13. 13. Reference Materialsdictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases and bibliographies<br />
  14. 14. CREDO reference<br />Search for: genetically modified food In: Encyclopedias<br />GMO<br />Genetic engineering <br />GM foods<br />
  15. 15. CREDO reference<br />
  16. 16. CREDO reference<br />When individual glasses replaced communal goblets, diners took to clinking their glasses together to show that they were still sharing the same liquid. <br />
  17. 17. Journal Articles (found in Databases) What are they and what are they used for?<br />Journal articles are scholarly works by professionals in a field<br />They are “peer reviewed” by other professionals in the field<br />Journal articles are different than magazines articles and newspaper articles<br />The library offers many different databases of articles<br />
  18. 18. Finding Journal Articles in Databases: Examples<br />
  19. 19. Finding Journal Articles in a Database:<br />Find: disney and gender<br />Keyword is already selected<br />Limit Results: <br />to documents with full text!!<br />to peer-reviewed publication<br />
  20. 20. Some results:<br />
  21. 21. Print PDF<br />Keywords<br />
  22. 22. Let’s search for journal articles in another database:<br />This database looks different, but you apply the same ideas.<br />Remember, we want full-text, peer-reviewed/academic journals<br />Basic Search is already selected<br />Searching: probiotics<br />
  23. 23. Managing the Results<br />We can now choose: Academic/Peer Reviewed and Full Text<br />This limits/narrows results so we have less results to sort through<br />
  24. 24. Tips on Searching in Databases<br />Some databases are focused on a topic subject or discipline. Alt Health Watch not going to have same articles as Expanded Academic<br />There are methods and tools to help you choose the best search words<br />Try different words<br />Searching takes time!<br />Different databases have different features <br />
  25. 25. Saving your Work<br />Remember to save your work as you go. You can also save your research articles to read later or look back to for citation information.<br /><ul><li>Flash Drive
  26. 26. Online Storage</li></li></ul><li>In Review<br />Search engines search billions of web sites. Some sites have misinformation & are difficult to validate<br />Use the library web site to start your research. Access it wherever you have Internet<br />Many of the sources you need for research can be found on-line including:<br />Reference books (as eBooks)<br />Full-text scholarly articles in databases (academic, peer-reviewed) <br />Research takes time. Leave yourself enough time for the process to avoid frustration<br />
  27. 27. Thank you! Questions?<br />Sara Finch, MA, MLIS, Librarian<br /><br />See the presentation & the handout at:<br /><br />