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Welcome to Navigating The Library for MLCS By Denis Lacroix French / Spanish Librarian Rutherford Library Session Outline Objectives Library Website overview Steps in writing a research paper Searching for books Locating books Searching for journal articles

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Welcome to

Navigating The Libraryfor MLCS

By Denis LacroixFrench/Spanish LibrarianRutherford Library

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Session Outline

  • Objectives

  • Library Website overview

  • Steps in writing a research paper

  • Searching for books

  • Locating books

  • Searching for journal articles

  • Interlibrary loans, reserve materials

  • Reference services

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  • This session is

    • An introduction to the U of A Library System.

  • Includes a brief look at

    • The NEOS Library Consortium Catalogue

    • Online databases

    • electronic journals

  • The context for the class is

    • the process of preparing to write a research paper on given topic.

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Library Website Overview

  • Connecting to the workstation: Campus Computing id & password

  • Library website: www.library.ualberta.ca

  • Menu bar:

    • Catalogue, Databases, E-journals, Subject, Services

    • About us: Subject Librarians

    • Ask us, My Account (requires barcode # and PIN)

    • Quick Links: library hours, reference, ILL links

    • Search the Library Catalogue

    • Find : guides to finding materials by format

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Writing a Research Paper

  • Determine a topic to research, and get a broad overview (book, encyclopedia)

  • Define your specific topic

  • Analyze the topic into key concepts

  • Develop a thesis statement.

  • Find books

  • Find articles

  • Organize and write the research paper

Writing a Research Paper Link

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Starting the Search

  • Research idea: e.g Popular Culture in Latin America

  • Specific concepts: Mass Media and Latin America

  • Search for subject guides for basic information on your research concepts

    • Click on Subject in the menu bar

    • Choose your area and subject of interest

    • Click on QuickStart guides

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Has anyone ever found a book in the library catalogue that is not at U of A Libraries ?

  • U of A Library catalogue = NEOS Library Consortium Catalogue

  • NEOS = a consortium of libraries sharing the same online catalogue, including all the U of A’s libraries, a number of government libraries such as Alberta Research Council, colleges such as Concordia, and many hospital libraries.

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Searching for Books is not at U of A Libraries ?

  • Click on Other Search Options

  • Use “Containing” when you have inexact or incomplete information or wish to combine ideas or phrases, i.e. mass media and latin america

  • Use “Starting with” when you know the author’s name or first words in a title or a correct subject heading. You will see an alphabetical listing by the first word you searched, e.g. mass media.

  • [Keyword] mass media AND Latin America

Combines both terms!

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Other Search Options Search is not at U of A Libraries ?

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Locating a Book is not at U of A Libraries ?

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Understanding the Book Description or Record is not at U of A Libraries ?

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Beyond Default Fields library

  • Various search features:

    • Default Fields : searches for the terms within the full item description (i.e. title, author, subject, publication note, physical description etc.)

    • Title : searches for the terms only in the title field

    • Author : searches for the terms only in the author field

    • Subject : searches for terms that describe what the work is about. Subject terms are assigned by library.

    • Periodical Title : searches for terms in all periodical titles

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Brief Exercise library

  • Find at least one book in the NEOS catalogue that is about French colonialism or postcolonialism. OR

  • Find one book in the NEOS catalogue about a topic that you are researching.

  • Questions?

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Searching for Journal Articles library

  • Step 4 in the research process

  • Journal articles are not listed in the Library Catalogue; only the journals that contain them are.

  • Journals or periodicals are of all kinds: scholarly (e.g. Studies in Latin American Popular Culture) and popular (e.g. Maclean’s)

  • Use Databases to find articles.

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Electronic Databases library

  • General Humanities: MLA, Humanities Abstracts*, Web of Science*, IBZ*, American Humanities Index*, PCI full-text*, Literature Resource Center.

  • Films: Film Indexes Online, Art Index*, Communication & Mass Media Complete*

  • Newspapers: Paper of Record, Factiva*

  • Women’s Studies: Women’s Studies International.

  • World-wide or Rare Resources (books & articles): Centre for Research Libraries (CRL), OCLC.

  • Theses: DAI, Index to Theses.* Limitable by Book Review

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  • Subject Specific Databases library

  • French: Repère, Choix, DAVID, Termium

  • Spanish & Latin American Studies: HAPI, HLAS, Latin Americanist Research Resources Project, Clase

  • Italian: Italinemo

  • German: Bibliographie der Deutschen Sprach – und Literaturwissenschaft, IBZ

  • Slavic Studies: ABSEES, EBSEES, Russian National Bibliography, IBZ, Literature Resource Center

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Linguistics and Translation library

  • Linguistics: LLBA

  • Translation: Termium, Le Grand Dictionnaire terminologique, Eurodicautom

  • Bibliography of Translations: Index Translationum

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Locating Databases and Finding Articles library

  • Under Browse by Subject or Subject in the menu, click on your research area.

  • You will find a list of recommended databases on the left and, on the right, QuickStart guides to help get you started on your research project.

  • E.g. Click on Humanities and Social Sciences Area Studies Latin American Studies

  • Click on MLA International Bibliography

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Input 1 concept library/box

Search Default Fields first, then limit results through other fields, if necessary.

Limit results further by choosing the following

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Results are libraryfew because terms do not include variants



Use variant terms to increase results

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Finding an Article library

  • Linked Full Text

  • Search catalogue

  • Get It! Icon (see following slide)

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Electronic Access to Journals library

  • Return to MLA records and find the following article (#18 in list):“Latin America: Cultures in the Communication Media” By: Barbero, Jesus-Martin; Journal of Communication, 1993 Spring; 43 (2): 18-30.

  • Click on and on ABI/Inform.

  • A new database opens up.

  • Search for the periodical title and/or find the volume and issuer numbers indicated in the citation

  • Find the article title in the list of articles.

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Full-Text? article was published

E-Mail article !

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Brief Exercise article was published

  • Find one journal article, ideally available at the U of A, about French colonialism or postcolonialism in Africa. OR

  • Find one journal article, ideally available at the U of A, about a topic that you are researching.

  • Questions?

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Practise Searching for a Citation article was published

  • Refer to the following citation :Connor, J. D. “Sartre and Cinema: The Grammar of Commitment.” MLN. Vol. 116. 5 (2001 Dec.): 1045-68.

  • Find the periodical title in Library Catalogue

    • [Starting with] MLN [Periodical Title]

  • Find the article. Is it available online?

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2 Access Links! article was published

Check coverage dates for access!

Print copies


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Writing the Research Paper article was published

  • Online resources available

    • go to the main Library Webpage

    • under Find, click on Reference and Quick Facts

      • click on Writing Assistance

    • under Find, click on

      • Research Guides, or

      • Citation Guides

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Interlibrary Loans (ILL) article was published

  • Use this service if you cannot find a book, journal, or journal issue in the NEOS Library Catalogue.

  • This is a free service that locates items in libraries all around the world, and brings them here for you.

  • Please check The NEOS Library Catalogue before requesting an item on Interlibrary Loan.

  • http://www.library.ualberta.ca/interlibraryloan/index.cfm

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Reserve Materials article was published

  • Your professors have placed resources on reserve so that your whole class will have the chance to consult them. Their use is restricted.

  • Reserve items are located behind the circulation desk in each UofA library

  • Find the reserve item’s call number before going to the circulation desk.

    • Click on Reserve Room Search on the Library Catalogue’s main page

    • Search by Instructor or Course name, e.g. LA ST 205

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Circulation Policies article was published

  • The OneCard is used to borrow items from the library.

  • Loan periods: undergrad students = 2 weeksgrad students and professors = 4 months

  • You may request any item that is checked out, but the minimum loan period is 2 weeks.

  • Fines are serious. Renew items online, in-person, or by phone before the due date.

  • Check My Account for due dates, renewal, and item requests.

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Reference Services article was published

  • The Reference Desk is always a good place to start your research. Librarians are there to help you get started in the right direction.

  • Reference services are also available from the following library catalogue icon

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The End article was published

  • Questions? Anything to review?

  • If you want to practise, I can stay in the lab for 15 minutes.

  • When leaving, close PuTTy authentication, but please leave computers on

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