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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

session outline
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
objectives
Objectives
  • 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.
library website overview
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
writing a research paper
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

starting the search
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
has anyone ever found a book in the library catalogue that is not at u of a libraries
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.
searching for books
Searching for Books
  • 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!

beyond default fields
Beyond Default Fields
  • 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
brief exercise
Brief Exercise
  • 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?
searching for journal articles
Searching for Journal Articles
  • 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.
electronic databases
Electronic Databases
  • 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

  • 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
linguistics and translation
Linguistics and Translation
  • Linguistics: LLBA
  • Translation: Termium, Le Grand Dictionnaire terminologique, Eurodicautom
  • Bibliography of Translations: Index Translationum
locating databases and finding articles
Locating Databases and Finding Articles
  • 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 /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 few because terms do not include variants

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Use variant terms to increase results

finding an article
Finding an Article
  • Linked Full Text
  • Search catalogue
  • Get It! Icon (see following slide)
electronic access to journals
Electronic Access to Journals
  • 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.
full text
Full-Text?

E-Mail article !

brief exercise30
Brief Exercise
  • 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?
practise searching for a citation
Practise Searching for a Citation
  • 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!

Check coverage dates for access!

Print copies

E-copies

writing the research paper
Writing the Research Paper
  • 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
interlibrary loans ill
Interlibrary Loans (ILL)
  • 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
reserve materials
Reserve Materials
  • 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
circulation policies
Circulation Policies
  • 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.
reference services
Reference Services
  • 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
the end
The End
  • 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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