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Research & Resources @ The Library. Prepared for: Dr. L. Jane McMillan Anthropology 332 Mi’kmaq Studies: Advanced Critical Issues in Indigenous Anthropology January 16th, 2012 Suzanne van den Hoogen, MLIS. Outline Information Seeking Behaviour Navigating the Library Website

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research resources @ the library

Research & Resources @ The Library

Prepared for: Dr. L. Jane McMillan

Anthropology 332

Mi’kmaq Studies: Advanced Critical Issues in Indigenous Anthropology

January 16th, 2012

Suzanne van den Hoogen, MLIS

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Outline

  • Information Seeking Behaviour
  • Navigating the Library Website
  • Subject Research Guides
  • Evaluating Information
  • Scholarly vs. Popular Sources
  • Citation Guides & Resources
  • Ask a Librarian!
  • RefWorks
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Virtual Tour: Exploring the Library website

library.stfx.ca

  • Logging in to your library account
  • Searching the Library’s Collection
  • Journal Titles
  • Course Reserves
  • Favourites
  • Live Help
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Subject Research Guides: Anthropology

  • Find Books
  • Find Articles
  • Google Scholar
  • Open Access
  • Writing & Citing
  • Liaison Librarians
  • Help
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Subject Research Guides: Aboriginal Studies

  • Books in the Library
  • Reference Sources
  • Governance
  • Government
  • Health
  • Education
  • Journal Titles
  • Court Cases
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Critical thinking: You must demonstrate that you are willing to examine popular beliefs, assumptions and opinions and weigh them against facts. Support your thesis statement with research.

Analyse your assignment questions:

What does this question mean?

How much detail does your professor require?

  • Where do I begin?
  • Read about your topic – know your subject matter.
  • Brainstorm ideas
  • Think about Key Words & Key Concepts
  • Write your thesis statement
evaluating information
Evaluating Information
  • Accuracy
  • Authority
  • Currency
  • Bias
questions to ask
Questions to ask:

Accuracy, Authority, Currency, Bias

  • Is this source reliable?
  • Is this source current?
  • Have opinions changed?
  • What are the current trends in this research area?
  • Are there any gaps in the research? Is something missing?
  • Who is the author?
  • Are they an expert in this field?
  • Do they represent multiple points of view or do they express bias for their own point of view?
scholarly vs popular sources
Scholarly vs. Popular Sources

Popular

  • Magazines
  • Written by journalists, students, popular authors, or no author listed
  • Flashy covers
  • Advertisements
  • Brief articles
  • Trade Journals: Business, Finance, Industry (Written by experts, but may not be peer reviewed)
  • Newspapers

Scholarly

  • Journals
  • Written by experts
  • Evaluated by experts: “Peer Reviewed”
  • Authoritative Source
  • Usually include:
    • Credentials of the Author
    • Abstract
    • Bibliography
    • Specialized vocabulary
    • Reference List
citing information sources
Citing Information Sources

APA Online Tutorial

BF

76.7

P83

2010

American Anthropological

Style Guide

questions to ask1
Questions to ask:

Library Workshops: Jan. 24 7:15 pm

Jan. 26 2:15 pm

Jan. 30 2:15 pm

Feb. 1 7:15 pm

One-on-One Sessions: Contact Suzanne

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Ask a Librarian: We’re here to help you

  • In-Library
  • In-Person
  • Online
    • LiveHelp
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Thank You!

  • Suzanne van den Hoogen
  • [email protected]
  • 867-4535
  • Liaison Librarian for:
  • Anthropology
  • Development Studies
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Women’s Studies
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