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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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from information consumer to information producers yes you can
From Information Consumer to Information Producers….Yes You Can!
  • Springboards! References Sources-Print & Online.
  • Overview of Learning Commons & Library Catalogue.
  • Searching Research Databases for
      • Journal, Magazine and Newspaper Articles
  • Citing Sources using MLA Style Guide
  • Where else can you look? Other libraries to try!
  • Internet Sources—what’s good out there?
  • Please ask if you have questions along the way!
starting your research
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!

Starting Your Research...
basic rules
Basic Rules
  • Know where to look.
  • If you cannot find “it” in 20 minutes, ask for help. Help Desk.
  • Just because it exists does not mean you can get it. Not everything is online!
  • Repeat, if necessary.
beginning your research
Beginning Your Research

What kind of information am I looking for?

  • Facts?
  • Research?
  • News?
  • Current? Historical?
what am i looking for types of information
“What Am I looking for?” Types of Information

( Print / Paper )

  • Books
  • Encyclopedias
  • Directories
  • Almanacs/Yearbooks
  • Magazines/Journals/Newspapers
  • Atlas
  • Internet/World Wide Web**
types of sources 1
Types of Sources (1)

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”.

sources of information 2
Sources of Information (2)


- popular work

- written for layperson

- glossy, coloured

- many pictures and photographs

- ads

- 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


sources of information 3
Sources of Information (3)

Secondary Sources

  • Interpretation, summary of a primary source
  • Biography
  • Journal article
  • Documentary
  • Conference proceeding

Primary Sources

Original document, contemporary account

  • Autobiography
  • Newspaper article reporting on an event
  • Interview, speech
  • Diary, letter, advertisements


Tertiary Sources

  • Interpretation, summary of secondary sources
  • Encyclopedia, Dictionary
what if you had to
What if you had to …

…find information on the author

Margaret Atwood

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?

Margaret Atwood



3. Choose


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.

using boolean operators
Using Boolean Operators

OR - broadens a search

“Margaret Atwood” OR “Canadian Writers”

AND - narrows a search

“Margaret Atwood” AND Biography

“phrase” – narrows a search even more

“Margaret Atwood”

(wildcard) – get alternate endings of a word

Biograph* , Critici*

NOT – excludes specific terms

“Bruce Hunter” and NOT comedian

boolean operators
Boolean Operators












reference sources a good place to start your research
ReferenceSources…A good place to start your Research!

**Some good print REFERENCE sources for literary information:

  • The Canadian Encyclopedia REF FC 23.C36 1999
  • The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature REF PS 8015.093 2001
  • Canadian Who’s Who REF FC25 .C35
reference sources online18
Reference Sources Online:
  • Biography> Lives, The Biography Resource
  • Encyclopedias> The Canadian Encyclopedia Online
  • Dictionaries> The Concise Oxford Dictionary
  • Reference Metasites> Oxford Reference Online
using the library catalogue
Using the Library Catalogue…

The Library Catalogue allows you to

  • Search (Quick, Title, Author, ISBN …) or Browse for print and e-books and periodicals.
  • Set Limits to narrow down results.
  • View Results (sort if necessary).
  • Save, Print or Email Records.
  • Place Requests (Inter-Campus Loan), Check Fines, Renew books.

Select Relevant Item

place request for inter campus loan
Place Request for Inter-Campus Loan

Place Request

Subject Headings= Find more similar items!


Need this Citation Information for your “Works Cited” Page.

accessing the site lco

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

Accessing the Site (LCO)

  • Seneca campus and residence
  • From your home computer

(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




research library
Research Library

Start off broad with your search.

results of search in research library database
Results of Search in Research Library Database

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.

free web

“Free Web”

“Information is business,

and often,

you get what you pay for”

is this information useful evaluate your results
Is this Information Useful? Evaluate your results!



Subject/Topic Coverage

Bias (peer-reviewed)


LCO -> Getting Started -> How to Evaluate…

plagiarism and you
Plagiarism and you:

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)

Turnitin Software is @ Seneca

and of course
And of Course...

If you have any questions or

need help finding information,

don’t forget the Reference Desk

4164915050 Ext. 3038

Good Luck!