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MyResearch (Humanities)Module 3 Sharon Rankin Sean Swanick Helena Reddington
Welcome back! Last week we went over… • Constructing search strategies • McGill WorldCat catalogue vs. Classic catalogue • General academic databases • Google search commands/maximizing Google Scholar • Locating theses and dissertations • CREPUQ borrowing and interlibrary loans
This week… • Finding known citations • Subject guides and subject-specific databases • Citation searching • Alerts and current awareness • Special resources and collections
Theses and Dissertations For more details: http://www.mcgill.ca/library/find/theses
Specialized Resources • Conduct a keyword search in ProQuest Dissertations and Theses to find a thesis related to your research. • Check the bibliography to see if any articles could be useful for your research • Search eScholarship to find a thesis supervised by your current supervisor, or by a professor in your department.
Access beyond McGill • Borrow in person from other libraries • BCI http://www.mcgill.ca/library/services/otherloans/CREPUQ • Interlibrary loan • COLOMBO http://www.mcgill.ca/library/services/otherloans/interlibrary
BCI (formerly CREPUQ)card: what is it? • Allows you to borrow books from other universities in Quebec and Canada. • Obtain a BCI card at any Library Services Desk on campus.
Interlibrary loan: what is it? • Use when McGill and other local universities do not have an item. • Administered through COLUMBO; instructions here.
Brooks, Christina. “New Woman, Fallen Woman: the Crisis of Reputation in Turn- of-the-Century Novels by Pauline Hopkins and Edith Wharton.” Legacy. 13.2 (1996): 91-112.
Title of article Author Brooks, Christina. New Woman, Fallen Woman: the Crisis of Reputation in Turn- of-the-Century Novels by Pauline Hopkins and Edith Wharton.” Legacy.13.2 (1996): 91-112. Title of journal Volume, issue, year, and page numbers.
Requesting scanned copies from the print collection • Search by journal title in the WorldCat Catalogue. Navigate to the issue that the article is in. And: • Search by article title in Google Scholar and use the Find it at McGill link, or any other link that may be available. • Search by article title in WorldCat. • Search by journal title in the Classic Catalogue. Note call number .
Known article searching exercise • Locate the full text of the following two articles: • Who is the author? • “Narrative Injury and Surgical Cure: Wilkie Collins’s Poor Miss Finch and Heart and Science,” Journal of Narrative Theory (Winter 2002). • “Music for the Doge in Early Renaissance Venice”, Speculum, 67, pp 324-364. doi:10.2307/2864375.
Subject Guides: What are they? • Curated lists of resources (encyclopedias, databases, websites, etc.) key to a subject area. • Created and maintained by librarians at McGill. • Also known as “Research Guides”.
Databases with Thesauri • What is a thesaurus? • predefined keyword terms = subject terms • “A thesaurus provides a summary listing of the terms in a domain and the main relations between them.” • “a set of terms, a set of relationships, and a set of displays showing relationships between terms.” From “Teach Yourself Thesaurus: Exercises, Readings, Resources.” Thomas, Alan R. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly. Vol. 37, No. 3/4, 2004, pp. 24-25.
Why use Thesaurus terms in your search? • Improve relevancy in your results sets • Learn the discipline specific vocabulary your area of study
Thesaurus terms • Broader • Narrower • Related “Explode" a search term The "explode" concept is only available in databases that have a thesaurus. To "explode" a search term means to search a subject term and all its associated narrower terms.
Citation searching • Is the locating of references that have cited a particular older work. • Allows you to trace the works that are borne out of the ideas of a particular work. • Is a useful way to examine how a theory or idea has evolved in the literature over time.
Citation searching Supplements standard subject searching Cuts across disciplines Use for discovery and also to confirm that your search strategy has been comprehensive 3 citation databases offer this functionality: Scopus Google Scholar Web of Science
Exercise Search for the following article in Scopus, Web of Knowledge, and Google Scholar: Brooks, Kristina. "New Woman, Fallen Woman: The Crisis of Reputation in Turn-of-the-Century Novels by Pauline Hopkins and Edith Wharton." Legacy (1996): 91-112. Compare the “Cited by” numbers from each database.
Article citation counts • Web of Science • From 1900 for Science, Humanities from the 1950s, Arts from the 1970s • Selective journal indexing • Scopus • From 1996 • Broader journal coverage than Web of Science • Google Scholar • From 2004 • Now includes Web of Science citation counts
Set up a database Search Alert • When your search keywords are perfect! • Set the alert in the database SCOPUS – Web of Science – Google Scholar -
Setting up a Table of Contents (TOC) alert • Option 1: Go to the webpage for the journal and set alert.
Setting up a Table of Contents (TOC) alert • Option 2: Use an aggregator like Journal TOCs. http://www.journaltocs.hw.ac.uk/
BrowZine • BrowZine delivers thousands of academic journals to your iPad or Android tablet. • BrowZineworks by organizing the articles found in Open Access and subscription databases, uniting them into complete journals, then arranging these journals on a common newsstand. • Read complete scholarly journals in a browsable format on your tablet. • Create a personal bookshelf of your favourite journals. • Receive alerts when new issues of journals are published For more information read - http://library.nd.edu/browzine/
BrowZine and other apps • http://www.mcgill.ca/library/services/computers/mobile
Specialized Resources at McGill • McGill Archives • Rare Books & Special Collections • Maps & geospatial data guide • The GIC • Statistics • Government / International organization documents:
Specialized Resources • McGill Rare Books & Special Collections http://blogs.library.mcgill.ca /rbsc/ http://www.mcgill.ca/library /branches/rarebooks • USE FOR: • Canadiana • 17th/18th C. Philosophy • Book history and print culture • Special collections • Boy Scouts • Olympics • Puppets
Specialized Resources • McGill University Archives http://archives.mcgill.ca email@example.com • USE FOR: • Primary sources • Letters • Author notes/ manuscripts • McGill history • Growing online collection
Specialized Resources • The Geographic Information Centre http://gic.geog.mcgill.ca/ • USE FOR: • One-on-one help from GIS/RS Specialists • Computers equipped with GIS/RS software • NEW GIS Introductory workshops
Specialized Resources Statistics Statistics and Data Research Guide • http://www.mcgill.ca/library/find/edrs Government Information Government Information Research Guide • http://www.mcgill.ca/library/find/govinfo • Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Newspapers Where can I find read the newspaper Dominion Post from New Zealand? How do I find the obituary of a Canadian singer named Nell Rankin? I think she died in the 1930s. What is Alt-Press Watch?
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