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Online Research-- Seminar 3 Fall 08


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This is a guide for online research using the Queens College library resources, developed for MHC Seminar 3 w/Professor Ronald.

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Online Research-- Seminar 3 Fall 08

  1. 1. ONLINE RESEARCH AND EVALUATING SOURCES Science and Technology in New York City Fall 08
  2. 2. Introductions <ul><li>Name </li></ul><ul><li>Major (if you have one) </li></ul><ul><li>Describe one problem you have had while doing academic research and/or one question you have about doing academic research </li></ul>
  3. 3. Finding Books and Journal Articles <ul><li>Where to Start: </li></ul><ul><li>The Library link from the QC page </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>Directly to the QC Libraries </li></ul>
  4. 4. Concepts for Library Research <ul><li>What is the difference between: </li></ul><ul><li>Library catalog </li></ul><ul><li>Library database? </li></ul><ul><li>Keyword search </li></ul><ul><li>Subject descriptor search? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Catalog vs. Database <ul><li>A library catalog tells what the library owns: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Books, journals, music, newspapers, videos, magazines, dvds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It gives general information about the material: author, title, location, subject (usually not a detailed description of the contents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A library database tells what has been published: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- It provides specific info about material (what is inside journals or books </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Catalog vs. Database <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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parts of publications (articles, essays, chapters, conference papers, e.g.), and material that is difficult to obtain/unpublished (doctoral theses, e.g.) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Keyword vs. Subject/Descriptor <ul><li>A keyword search usually contains informal/common words that come from the research question you are trying to answer </li></ul><ul><li>A subject/descriptor search usually contains standardized terms/formal language specific to the field of study </li></ul>
  8. 8. Keyword vs. Subject/Descriptor <ul><li>Keywords are the obvious words that come to mind– there are many possible synonyms since often more than one word is appropriate [ example: “how women working affects their children” “impacts of mothers’ employment on children”] </li></ul><ul><li>Subjects are formal vocabulary words that are used in critical thinking. Generally, one word is designated for a topic so synonyms are unlikely. </li></ul><ul><li>To identify subject/descriptors, use a Thesaurus or first do Keyword searches to learn what language is used for the concepts involved [gender, employment, e.g.] </li></ul>
  9. 9. Keyword vs. Subject/Descriptor <ul><li>Another good search rule: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you have two or more concepts, for example, “work, women, children,” use Keyword searching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you have one concept, for example, “employment,” try Subject searching. To learn the formal language of a discipline, use a textbook, the database thesaurus, subject dictionary </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Popular Periodicals vs. Scholarly Journals <ul><li>What is the difference? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Intended audience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer review process </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How can you tell the difference? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Frequency of publication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Title/Source of publication (not a guarantee) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Filtered search </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Catalog Search: CUNY + <ul><li>Go to and open CUNY+ </li></ul><ul><li>Click on “HELP” and read section on truncation (psycholog*, ?economic) + boolean search terms (AND, OR, NOT) </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Queens College to limit your search. </li></ul><ul><li>Use search terms; “Latino higher education”– what do you find? How many references? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s the difference between full/brief view? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you send info about the reference to yourself? Pick one reference and test this out. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Database Search <ul><li>Go to, click on Reference, click on All Databases A—Z </li></ul><ul><li>Each database is labeled: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>F (Full-text) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A (Abstracts only) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I (Index) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>R (Reference, which usually contains full-text) </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Database Search <ul><li>Databases to know about: </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Search Premier, which you should use and become familiar with. It covers all fields (4500 periodicals!) and is a good place to begin if your topic is obscure. </li></ul><ul><li>Econlit: the most complete source for economics – has abstracts but not full-text </li></ul><ul><li>ERIC: the most complete listing of abstracts of materials related to education at all levels </li></ul><ul><li>MEDLINE – an outstanding database of materials on health and medicine. </li></ul><ul><li>PSYCInfo -- the best source for psychology </li></ul><ul><li>SocIndex – a very good source for sociology, has full-text </li></ul>
  14. 14. Database Search <ul><li>Other databases to know about: </li></ul><ul><li>Lexis-Nexis </li></ul><ul><li>Dissertation Abstracts International </li></ul><ul><li>JSTOR (full-text; may ask for $, not current) </li></ul>
  15. 15. Database Search <ul><li>Go to EBSCO and use search terms; “Latino higher education”– what do you find? How many references? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you select sources? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you know if the sources are available to you? </li></ul>
  16. 16. How to Obtain Articles <ul><li>Option 1: Click on a Full-Text link or PDF link </li></ul><ul><li>Option 2: Click on the FindIt linking tool, then click on a Full-Text link or PDF link </li></ul><ul><li>Option 3: Click on the FindIt linking tool, then click on the </li></ul><ul><li>CUNY+ Catalog to search for a printed/paper version of </li></ul><ul><li>the periodical, then match the year of the article to what </li></ul><ul><li>years are available at QC or another CUNY library </li></ul>
  17. 17. Sources <ul><li>Most of the information in this presentation originally </li></ul><ul><li>appeared in materials developed by Professor Jim </li></ul><ul><li>Mellone, Social Science Librarian at Queens College: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  18. 18. Instructional Technology Fellow Contact Information <ul><li>Soniya Munshi </li></ul><ul><li>Office Hours: Tues 10-12:30; Wed 1:00-4:30 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>