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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
  • 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:
  • 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

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

Input 1 concept /box

Search Default Fields first, then limit results through other fields, if necessary.

Limit results further by choosing the following


Results are few because terms do not include variants



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

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?

2 Access Links!

Check coverage dates for access!

Print 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.
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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