Published on February 18, 2014
Agenda • Learn to use the library catalog to find books from Pace and other libraries • Understand the difference between key words and subject headings • Learn advanced database searching, including using Boolean operators • Learn how to find the full-text of articles • Get library barcodes and create InterLibrary loan accounts • Gain a basic understanding of hand searching • Learn how to use Google more effectively
Getting started 0 Who has a library barcode? 0 If you don’t have a barcode (or you don’t have it with you) place your Pace ID in the basket as it goes around
Using the library catalog 0 There are two ways to search the library catalog: 0 From the library home page: www.pace.edu/library Search Plus (Encore) Classic Catalog
Tips for using Search Plus (Encore) to search the catalog 0 Use the tags on the right to narrow your search 0 When you find a book that looks helpful, look at the Subjects for similar books 0 If you need books that are immediately available to you, click on “Birnbaum Stacks” on the left 0 Note E-book options as well 0 Use Request It button to have books sent to NYC from other Pace campuses 0 While you’re browsing, you can click on the “Add to List” link to keep track of items you were interested in 0 Use the “My List” button at the top right to access your list. You can e-mail the list to yourself. 0 Use the ConnectNY button to find resources from other universities 0 Note: you need your library barcode to request books from ConnectNY 0 Note: Encore will also give you results from a few databases, but it’s hard to narrow them down using this interface
Understanding Subject Headings 0 Subject headings are: 0 Controlled vocabulary: carefully selected list of words and phrases, which are used to tag units of information (document or work) so that they may be more easily retrieved by a search (Wikipedia) 0 Assigned by a human indexer 0 Can be broad or narrow 0 Entry terms lead to the exact subject heading 0 There are many kinds of subject headings: 0 Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/lcco/ 0 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH): http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/ 0 Database specific subject headings
Beyond Pace and ConnectNY 0 If neither Pace nor Connect NY has the book you need 0 Try the public library 0 New York Public Library: nypl.org 0 Brooklyn Public Library: brooklynpubliclibrary.org 0 Queens Public Library: queenslibrary.org 0 WorldCat 0 Access from the library databases page 0 Use Request ILLiad-Complete Form link 0 Note: can take more than 2 weeks 0 Metro Pass 0 If you know the book or article you need is at another NYC university, ask at the Information desk for a Metro pass
Independent practice 0 10 min: Use Encore and/ or the classic catalog to look for books on your topic
Library Databases 0 General Databases: 0 Academic Search Premier 0 Jstor 0 New York Times Archive 0 Accounting 0 Accounting and Tax Database 0 RIA Tax Information 0 Computer Science 0 ACM Digital Library 0 Note SIGS for Computer Graphics and Computers and Society 0 Computing 0 IEEE Computer Society Digital Library 0 Criminal Justice 0 Criminal Justice Collection 0 Criminal Justice Periodicals 0 Hein Online (for law journals) 0 Economics 0 ABI Inform 0 OxResearch 0 Marketing 0 AdAge Data Center 0 Adforum (examples of advertisements) 0 Communication & Mass Media Complete 0 Psychology: 0 CINAHL 0 Pubmed (prefer to Medline via Ebsco) 0 PsycInfo 0 Theater, Film & Literature 0 International Bibliography of Theater and Dance 0 International Index to Performing Arts 0 Literature Resource Center
Crafting your search strategy 0 Step 1: Write your basic topic question 0 Step 2: Pull out the main ideas from your topic 0 Eg: Topic: Human trafficking in relation to the global economy and the financial crisis Main ideas: Human Trafficking Economy Financial crisis
Crafting your search strategy 0 Step 3: Brainstorm synonyms for your main ideas Concept A Concept B Concept C “Human trafficking” Economy “Financial crisis” “Forced labor” Business “Economic crisis” Slavery “Economic aspects” Recession 0 Note: your search is not static. Try different search terms and different combinations of search terms and compare the results
Crafting your search strategy 0 Step 4: Combine your search terms with Boolean operators Eg: (“human trafficking” OR “forced labor” OR slavery) AND (econom* OR business) AND (“financial crisis” OR “economic crisis” OR recession) • *: retrieves all alternate endings, eg. economy, economic • Place phrases in quotation marks • Use parentheses to separate OR terms
Database Search Strategies 0 If you can, use the limits the database provides to narrow your search 0 Eg. Publication type, publication date, subject, etc. 0 Limit to Scholarly Articles 0 Jstor- limit to Article and journals in the relevant disciplines 0 NY Times Archive: limit by date and limit to Article
To get the full text of an article 0 Use the button Click here for the full text Click here to request the article
Independent Practice 0 10 min: Try searching Academic Search Premier for your topic 0 Let me know if you don’t find anything and I can suggest a different database
Hand Searching 0 Mining a list of references for more sources 0 Watch the video for more information: 0 http://youtu.be/IicVsNIe-K0 0 If it’s a book, search for the book title in the library catalog 0 If it’s an article search for the journal or publication title using Journal Title Search 0 If Pace doesn’t have access to the journal you can fill out an Interlibrary Loan request
Google Scholar scholar.google.com • Configure your settings to show articles available from Pace • Video tutorial: http://youtu.be/MRFYjeNrFPM • Use Metrics and # of citations to judge influence of a journal, article or book
General Google Searching 0 Get More Out of Google: http://tinyurl.com/bmhugdj 0 Evaluating websites: 0 Who is the author? What are their credentials? 0 Who publishes the site? What is their agenda/bias? 0 Look for date updated, make sure it’s current 0 Note: .org doesn’t mean there’s no bias 0 Look for “About” link
Citation Resources 0 On the library home page, use the How do I? link and then Cite Resources 0 The Bedford Handbook: http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/resdoc5e/ 0 Purdue OWL: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/ 0zotero.org: free citation manager from Mozilla, the makers of Firefox 0Questions? : 0E-mail Jennifer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wrapping up 0Please fill out a brief, anonymous evaluation: 0http://tinyurl.com/n9lgu9x
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