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 • 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!
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 • 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 What kind of information am I looking for? • Facts? • Research? • News? • Current? Historical?
“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) 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) Magazines - popular work - written for layperson - glossy, coloured - many pictures and photographs - ads - available from supermarkets and convenient stores Journals - scholarly work - articles are written by experts in the field for a limited audience - abstract, keywords - references / bibliography - peer reviewed VS.
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 VS. Tertiary Sources • Interpretation, summary of secondary sources • Encyclopedia, Dictionary
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 Literature/Criticism/ Biography 3. Choose Keywords 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 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 Margaret Atwood Biography Atwood Margaret Laurence AND OR Atwood Laurence Not
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 Online: • Biography> Lives, The Biography Resource • Encyclopedias> The Canadian Encyclopedia Online • Dictionaries> The Concise Oxford Dictionary • Reference Metasites> Oxford Reference Online
The Canadian Encyclopedia Subject Index Select Literature
The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature Lastname, Firstname
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.
Subject Search is very specific and you retrieve items ABOUT the Author and their work.
Results Select Relevant Item
Place Request for Inter-Campus Loan Place Request Subject Headings= Find more similar items! Location 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 Accessing the Site (LCO) http://learningcommons.senecacollege.ca • 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 Start off broad with your search.
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.
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