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  • 1.Political Science: An Adventure in Research Beaman Library Fall 2007

2. Research is a process

  • It is ORGANIZED
  • It is METHODICAL
  • It is COMPREHENSIVE

3. The Researchers 2 questions

  • WHAT do I want to know?
  • WHERE do I find that information?

4. Catacomb the online catalog

  • Allsearchingbegins with
  • the online catalog.

5. Information Resources inBeaman Library

    • Reference books
    • Periodicals
    • Indexes
    • Databases/Websites

6. Reference Sources: LocationMain Level West Wing 7. Reference Sources: Types

  • Encyclopedias
    • General
    • Subject
  • Dictionaries
  • Handbooks
  • Directories
  • Indexes
  • Statistical Sources

8. Periodicals - Location

  • Current (2007)magazines and journals are arranged alphabetically on open shelves for easy browsing.

9. Periodicals - Location

  • Boundperiodicals are arranged alphabetically and chronologically.

10. Periodicals - Location

  • Some periodicals are kept onmicrofilmormicrofiche .

11. Periodical Indexes (print)- Location

  • Periodical indexes are located on the main floor, east wing of Beaman Library.

12. Periodical Indexes Print

    • Biography Index
    • Business Periodicals Index
    • General Science Index
    • PAIS International Index
    • Social Sciences Index

13. Periodical Indexes

  • Online
    • Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL)
    • Powersearch
    • Academic OneFile
    • Expanded Academic ASAP
    • InfoTrac OneFile
    • National Newspaper Index
    • America: History & Life and Historical Abstracts
    • Biography Resource Center
    • Lexis-Nexis

14. World Wide Web Resources

  • Academic .edu
  • Government .gov
  • Specialized/commercial .com/.org/.net

15. Online Indexes/Databases:Government

  • U. S. Government
  • Library of Congress
    • http://marvel.loc.gov
  • Congressional Directory
    • http:// www.gpoaccess.gov/cdirectory/index.html

16. Online Indexes/Databases Education

  • http://infomine.ucr.edu
  • a virtual library of internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level.
  • Electronic journals electronic books
  • Bulletin boards databases
  • articles

17. Online Indexes/Databases Commercial

  • Search specifically for scholarly literature:
  • theses peer reviewed papers books
  • abstracts technical reports preprints

http:// scholar.google.com / 18. Evaluating Information

  • from monographs (books)
  • from periodicals (journals)
  • from databases/websites

19. Evaluating books

  • Is it a recognized author?
  • Does it have timely content?
  • Does it contain documentation?

20. What is a Scholarly Journal?

  • For scholars or researchers in a specialized field (e.g. medicine, psychology)
  • Cites research
  • Peer review (refereed)
  • Includes notes and/or bibliography
  • Usually quarterly or monthly
  • Mostly print with graphs and/or tables
  • Few or no ads

21. Web Site Evaluationthe WWWs

  • Whosays it?
    • Author or sponsor
    • Credentials of responsible party

22. Web Site Evaluationthe WWWs

  • Whatdoes it claim, assert, etc.?
    • Purpose of web site
    • Biased, objective, fair
    • Factualin depth
    • Correct grammar, spelling, etc.

23. Web Site Evaluationthe WWWs

  • Whenwas it said?
    • Publication date
    • Revisions
    • Links up-to-date

24. Interlibrary Loan

  • Question:
  • What do I do if a resource I need is notavailable in the Beaman Library?
  • Answer:
  • Use the Interlibrary loan serviceprovided by Beaman Library

25. Interlibrary Loan

  • Facts about Interlibrary Loan:
  • Interlibrary Loan is aserviceprovided by Beaman Library to obtain materials NOT owned by Beaman Library.
  • The conditions of this service are set by theNational Interlibrary Loan Code .
  • Theloan periodis determined by thelendinglibrary.
  • Athenais an area consortium of local libraries who loan and borrow from one another without charge.
  • Applications are available at the Reference desk or online inCatacomb .
  • Access form online:http:// library.lipscomb.edu

26. SAIL

  • S earch indexes/databases (evaluate)
  • A nalyze compare, contrast; separate fact from opinion
  • I nventory Do I have enough, too
  • much, too little?
  • L earn new information and new
  • information skills

27. Your mission...

  • Come up with a suitable topic (not too broad, not too narrow)
  • Be able to find resources in all formats (books, articles, websites, etc.)
  • Incorporate & cite these sources correctly (be careful not to plagiarize!)
  • Remember: librarians are here to help you with your mission!