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Carmen Genuardi, M.L.I.S.Information Services Librarian

EAC 150:Researching Authors

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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!

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    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...

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    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.

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    Beginning Your Research

    What kind of information am I looking for?

    • Facts?

    • Research?

    • News?

    • Current? Historical?

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    “What Am I looking for?” Types of Information

    ( Print / Paper )

    • Books

    • Encyclopedias

    • Directories

    • Almanacs/Yearbooks

    • Magazines/Journals/Newspapers

    • Atlas

    • Internet/World Wide Web**

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    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”.

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    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


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    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

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    What if you had to …

    …find information on the author

    Margaret Atwood

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    How?What do I need

    to get started?

    What do I want?

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    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.

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    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

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    Boolean Operators












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    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

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    Reference Sources Online:

    • Biography> Lives, The Biography Resource

    • Encyclopedias> The Canadian Encyclopedia Online

    • Dictionaries> The Concise Oxford Dictionary

    • Reference Metasites> Oxford Reference Online

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    Reference Metasite > Oxford Reference Online

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    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.

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    Select Relevant Item

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    Place Request for Inter-Campus Loan

    Place Request

    Subject Headings= Find more similar items!


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

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    Research by Subject Circulation Desk

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    CD-Rom resource – only available on campus Circulation Desk

    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

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    Gale Net Library Database Circulation Desk

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    Full-Text Circulation Desk


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    Research Library Circulation Desk

    Start off broad with your search.

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    Results of Search in Research Library Database Circulation Desk

    Articles have been grouped.

    Need ALL this information for your “Works Cited” Page.

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    More search terms Circulation Desk

    Narrow down search by using AND between terms.

    Click here to read whole article online.

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    New! Circulation Desk Magazines & NewspapersSearches Many Databases at Once…

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    Where else can I look? Circulation DeskLocal Public Library

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    “Free Web” Circulation Desk

    “Information is business,

    and often,

    you get what you pay for”

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    Research by Subject> Circulation DeskInternet Sites:

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    Is this Information Useful? Evaluate your results! Circulation Desk



    Subject/Topic Coverage

    Bias (peer-reviewed)


    LCO -> Getting Started -> How to Evaluate…

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    Plagiarism and you: Circulation Desk

    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

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    And of Course... Circulation Desk

    If you have any questions or

    need help finding information,

    don’t forget the Reference Desk

    4164915050 Ext. 3038

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    Good Luck! Circulation Desk