ONLINE RESEARCH ANDEVALUATING SOURCES Arts in NYC Fall 2011
IntroductionsNameMajor (if you have one)Describe one problem you have had while doing academic research and/or one question you have about doing academic research
Finding Books and Journal ArticlesWhere to Start: The Library link from the QC page http://www.qc.cuny.eduOR Directly to the QC Libraries http://qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/Library
Concepts for Library Research What is the difference between:• Library database?• Library catalog• Keyword search• Subject descriptor search?
Catalog vs. DatabaseA library database tells what has been published:– It provides specific info about material (what is inside journals or books)A library catalog tells what the library owns:– Books, journals, music, newspapers, videos, magazines, dvds– It gives general information about the material: author, title, location, subject (usually not a detailed description of the contents)
Catalog vs. Database• In general, you use a database to find what has been published on a topic, parts of publications (articles, essays, chapters, conference papers, e.g.), and material that is difficult to obtain/unpublished (doctoral theses, e.g.• In general, you use a catalog to find books, films, or other whole publications on a topic that the library owns. The catalog can also tell you if we own a journal/magazine but does not tell you what articles have been published inside.
Keyword vs. Subject/Descriptor• A keyword search usually contains informal/common words that come from the research question you are trying to answer• A subject/descriptor search usually contains standardized terms/formal language specific to the field of study
Popular Periodicals vs. Scholarly Journals• What is the difference? – Intended audience – Peer review process• How can you tell the difference? – Frequency of publication – Title/Source of publication (not a guarantee) – Filtered search
Database SearchDatabases to know about: Academic Search Premier Art Abstracts Art Full Text Art Retrospective ARTbibliographies Modern ARTstor Bibliography of the History of Art Cinema Image Gallery Dictionary of Art Fine Arts and Music Collection
Database SearchOther databases to know about:• Lexis-Nexis• Dissertation Abstracts International• JSTOR (full-text; may ask for $, not current)
Database Search• Go to a database and use search terms; “Don Giovanni”– what do you find? How many references?• How do you select sources?• How do you know if the sources are available to you?
How to Obtain ArticlesOption 1: Click on a Full-Text link or PDF linkOption 2: Click on the FindIt linking tool, thenclick on a Full-Text link or PDF linkOption 3: Click on the FindItlinking tool, thenclick on the CUNY+ Catalog to search for a printedpaper version of the periodical, then match theyear of the article to what years are available atQC or another CUNY library; look it up at QC orrequest it via Interlibrary Loan
Catalog Search: CUNY +Go to qc.cuny.edu/Library and open CUNY+Click on “HELP” and read section on truncation (psycholog*, ?economic) + boolean search terms (AND, OR, NOT)Click on Queens College to limit your search.Use search terms; “South Pacific”How many references?What’s the difference between full/brief view?How do you send info about the reference to yourself? Pick one reference and test this out.
SOURCES Most of the information in this presentation originally appeared in materials developed by Professor Jim Mellone, Social Science Librarian at Queens College:• qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/~jmellone/lib_res_socsci .ppt