Carmen Genuardi, M.L.I.S. Information Services Librarian EAC 150: Researching Authors From Information Consumer to Information Producers…. Yes You Can! Springboards! References Sources-Print & Online. Overview of Learning Commons & Library Catalogue. Searching Research Databases for
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Carmen Genuardi, M.L.I.S.Information Services Librarian
EAC 150:Researching Authors
1. What kind of information am I looking for?
2. Where and how do I search for this information?
3. Once I have found some information, how can I tell if it is useful? How do I find more similar information? Evaluate!
What kind of information am I looking for?
( Print / Paper )
Sources of information are: books, e-books, encyclopedia, directories, almanacs, articles from periodicals, & internet sites.
Current news, events, research: periodicals such as newspapers, magazines, journals.
Facts, definitions, summaries:almanac, atlas, dictionary, directory, encyclopedia, handbook, thesauri, yearbook.
In-depth analysis of a subject: bibliography, biography, guide, report… “books”.
- popular work
- written for layperson
- glossy, coloured
- many pictures and photographs
- available from supermarkets and convenient stores
- scholarly work
- articles are written by experts in the field for a limited audience
- abstract, keywords
- references / bibliography
- peer reviewed
Original document, contemporary account
…find information on the author
How?What do I need
to get started?
What do I want?
1. Define a Topic
2. Write aResearch Question
What has been written about Margaret Atwood and criticism about her literature?
4. ChooseAlternate Keywords
“Margaret Atwood”, Canadian, Criticism, Literature, biography
Canadian writers, “literary works”
5. Build a SearchStatement
Creating an Effective Search
“Margaret Atwood” AND Criticism
6. Execute the Search
Select the correct resource(s)!
7. Review theSearch Results
Title, author, subject terms, references.
OR - broadens a search
“Margaret Atwood” OR “Canadian Writers”
AND - narrows a search
“Margaret Atwood” AND Biography
“phrase” – narrows a search even more
(wildcard) – get alternate endings of a word
Biograph* , Critici*
NOT – excludes specific terms
“Bruce Hunter” and NOT comedian
**Some good print REFERENCE sources for literary information:
Enter search terms in search box
The Library Catalogue allows you to
Subject Search is very specific and you retrieve items
Author and their work.
Select Relevant Item
Subject Headings= Find more similar items!
Need this Citation Information for your “Works Cited” Page.
Place Request, you can pick it up in 2 days at the Circulation Desk
CD-Rom resource – only available on campus
IP Authentication – use Seneca dial-up or click on “remote access” link (if available)
Remote Access – log in when prompted
(Seneca dial-up vs. non-Seneca ISP)
Important: To gain access to our $$ Web resources outside the campus, log in with your Seneca e-mail (learn) username and password when prompted
Start off broad with your search.
Articles have been grouped.
Need ALL this information for your “Works Cited” Page.
More search terms
Narrow down search by using AND between terms.
Click here to read whole article online.
“Information is business,
you get what you pay for”
When you find something, don’t forget…
LCO -> Getting Started -> How to Evaluate…
According to the Seneca College Student Handbook, plagiarism is:
“the inclusion of another’s words, phrases, sentences or entire passages of work which you claim as your own.” (129)
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If you have any questions or
need help finding information,
don’t forget the Reference Desk
4164915050 Ext. 3038