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1 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo1 Research in Illustration Jane Foo Web & Instruction Librarian Learning Commons

2 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo2 Why Research? For background information For inspiration To ensure that you are doing something unique To discuss / validate ideas To make informed decisions

3 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo3 Research is … 2. RETRIEVE Where do I search for this info.? How do I search? 1. DEFINE What kind of info. am I looking for? How broad is my topic? 3. EVALUATE How can I tell if the info. is useful? Where do I find more?

4 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo4 Common Research Stutter-points 1. Ineffective research strategy 2. Looking in the wrong place 3. Searching syntax errors 4. Citing your sources.

5 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo5 Basic Rules 1. Know where to look. 2. If you cannot find it in 20 minutes, ask for help. Learning Centre. 3. Just because it exists does not mean you can get it. Not everything is online! 4. Choosing the right search terms is key to success. Use the Lingo of the field. 5. Iterate.

6 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo6 How? What do I need to get started? What do I want?

7 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo7 1. Define a Topic 2. Write a Research Question 4. Choose Alternate Keywords 3. Choose Keywords 5. Build a Search Statement 6. Execute the Search 7. Review the Search Results Select the correct resource(s)! Creating an Effective Search Title, author, subject terms, references,

8 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo8 Topic: Marvel Comic Boolean Search Example Research Question: How did Marvel affect the comic genre? Marvel Timely Comics Stan Lee superhero Comic Cartoon illustration AND OROR

9 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo9 Now that I have the search terms and know what I want, where do I go and search?

10 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo10 Published Sources Books Periodical articles Newspaper articles Film TV recording Interview Where can you get these types of sources? How will this affect how you cite your source? What about the Internet? Sources of Information (1)

11 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo11 Sources of Information (2) Sources of information are: books, encyclopedia, directories, almanacs, articles from periodicals, internet sites Current news, events, research: periodicals such as newspapers, magazines, journals Facts, definitions, summaries: almanac, atlas, dictionary, directory, encyclopedia, handbook, thesauri, yearbook In-depth analysis of a subject: bibliography, biography, guide, report… books

12 Locations of Interest WWW Senec a Library OCAD Getty Library of Congress York U Nat. Lib. of Canada Metro Ref Your Local Public Library American Inst. of Graphic Arts Toronto Type Club Design Exchange

13 Seneca Library Resources & Tools Title A-Z Books Research Databases Library Catalogue ENCompass Magazines & Journals Digital Stock Research By Subject Videos & DVDs

14 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo14 Print Information is business, and often, you get what you pay for

15 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo15 Find Books Seneca Library Catalogue Search / browse by title, subject, author etc. Set Limit by campus, material, date range Sort search results by author, title or date Save, print, or records Place holds or renew books online Other Library Catalogues Senecas Electronic Books Try a subject search on Illustration

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17 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo17 Theres More … In addition to books, you can also get other non-electronic resources from the library: Art Magazines & Journals [next to the Group Study Rooms] Newspapers [Circulation Desk] Digital Stock [Circulation Desk]

18 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo18 Other Libraries Ontario College of Art & Design Metro Reference & other public libraries York University, University of Toronto Library of Congress and other national libraries Art Museums and Institutes Getty Museum American Institute of Graphic Arts Other Libraries

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20 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo20 Well, What About the Internet? Free Web Sites Personal and Corporate Discussion Forums Knowledge Databases Directories, Dictionaries, Handbooks, Encyclopedias, etc. Quick fact lookup tools Some Publications (limited access) $$ Periodical Databases Published articles from magazines, journals, newspapers and even book chapters Directories, Dictionaries, Handbooks, Encyclopedias, etc. Quick fact lookup tools

21 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo21 Internet Searching is Easy… Think again Search engines only index a limited number of Web sites (less than 5%) Search syntax differs Search results are ranked differently "surface" Web 4.0 billion documents rate of growth of 10 million pages per day "hidden" Web 600 billion web-connected documents contained in specialized Web-accessible databases and dynamic web sites

22 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo22 Is This Credible? This was a site that was part of a design contest

23 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo23 Is This Credible? ???

24 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo24 Is This Credible? This is a fake article published in a legitimate journal by a researcher who wanted to show that some journals are not that careful about what is accept for publication.

25 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo25 Which one? This page is authentic This page is fake & run by a racist fascist group

26 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo26 Just Like Detective Work What do you need in order to validate the information you obtained from a Web site? Creator: Who wrote the information? Are they associated with anyone / anything? Source: Where is the information from? Date: when was the information created and updated? Purpose / Intent of the Content or: Is there a hidden agenda not readily apparent?

27 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo27 More Information US Federal Trade Commission Canadian Government, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness CanadaBest Practices for Preventing Online Identity Theft 002_e.asp 002_e.asp Infotoday, Searcher (2000) Better Read That Again: Web Hoaxes and Misinformation by Paul S. Piper, Librarian, Western Washington University About.com: Bogus Web Sites

28 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo28 Free Web "We're drowning in information and starving for knowledge." -- Rutherford D. Rogers, Librarian, YaleRutherford D. Rogers

29 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo29 The Free Web Search Engines & Subject Directories Keyword searching is most effective when you know what you want Example: Name of a person or an organization; unfamiliar topics Directories, Dictionaries, Handbooks, Encyclopedias, etc. Quick fact lookup tools Example: Phone numbers, definitions, weather, etc Digital Collections Example: National Library of Canada, The Art of Illustration (http://www.collectionscanada.ca/3/10/index-e.html).

30 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo30 Also Free: Discussion Forums Special Interest Blogs A frequent, chronological publication of personal / collaborative thoughts and Web links Blog Directories & Rings: General: Specific: Message Boards Usenet and other discussion groups (Yahoo, AOL, MSN, ICQ)

31 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo31 $$$$ Web Information is business, and often, you get what you pay for

32 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo32 $$$ Web: Research Databases Usually available through your corporate information center or library via a secure website Periodical Databases Simple & advanced keyword searching Browse the subject listings or index Example: articles in newspapers, magazines, journals, Directories, Dictionaries, Handbooks, Encyclopedias, etc. Quick fact lookup tools Example: Phone numbers, definitions, weather, etc.

33 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo33 Database Advantages Search / browse by subject Search within a specific publication Highly customizable search limits (e.g., by date, peer-reviewed, language) Special Features (such as Journal Alert) Full-Text and citation information can be formatted, downloaded, printed and ed

34 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo34 Database Prickliness 1. Exact matching 2. Boolean Operators 3. Free-text vs Controlled word lists 4. Field limitation. 5. Missing content: - Graphics, photographs. - NY Times vs Tasini judgment - Short runs - Which edition? - Newspapers..no classified, ads, etc.

35 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo35 $$$$$ Web Accessible Info Information Databases 1.Abstract + citation 2.Abstract + citation + full-text (pdf, HTML, XML) 3.Full-text journal title Encyclopedias, e.g. Britannica, Galenet Literary Database Article Databases, e.g. Canadian Periodical Index E-Book Databases, e.g. Netlibrary

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38 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo38 Database Advantages Search / browse by subject Search within a specific publication Highly customizable search limits (e.g., by date, peer-reviewed, language) Special Features (such as Journal Alert) Full-Text and citation information can be formatted, downloaded, printed and ed

39 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo39 Database Prickliness 1. Exact matching 2. Boolean Operators 3. Free-text vs Controlled word lists 4. Field limitation. 5. Missing content: - Graphics, photographs. - NY Times vs Tasini judgment - Short runs - Which edition? - Newspapers..no classified, ads, etc.

40 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo40 Not Sure How to Start? Find Magazines: 1. Articles Search: A quick sweep of online articles 2. Titles A-Z: Locate a specific magazine or journal online 3. All Research Databases: Detailed and advanced search-and-retrieve from specific information aggregators

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43 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo43 What if you still cannot find enough information? Thats where your detective skills come in…

44 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo44 Researching a Person… Use the information that you know: Nicknames, vocation / career, clubs, location, publications, associates, exhibits or other big events Keep in mind that names are not always spelled the same way (Frazzetta, JM Montgomery) or even correctly (Franzetta); in some cases people use a pseudonym (Dr. Seuss) You may have to look for foreign language references If they are relatively well-known, check for high-quality summary in reference works (dictionary, encyclopedia) Newspapers are a great resource for local arts (shows, events, etc.)

45 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo45 Images / Photo Reference Image Search Engines Digital Collections Research by Subject > Digital Media & Graphic Design > Internet Sites (example: Images Canada) eLibraryShare Digital Collections Digital Stock (royalty-free, high-quality) Available at the Circulation Desk (complete list available from RbyS: Digital Media & Graphic Design)

46 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo46 Journals and Magazines How can I check for specific journals and magazines? 1) Find Books 2) Find Magazines & Newspapers -> Titles A-Z If you cannot find it, try JournalSeek (http://journalseek.net) for morehttp://journalseek.net information about the journal / magazine.

47 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo47 Think Outside the Box Try to gather as much information about the person as possible Analyze original references (e.g., textbooks) – gather information about those as well (e.g., Virginia Smith) Talk to subject experts Talk to information experts in libraries and museums (Reference / Information Desk) Know the skills of the trade (e.g., Internet sleuthing)

48 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo48 When you find something, dont forget… Information is not knowledge. - Albert Einstein

49 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo49 Is this Information Useful? Authority Date Subject/Topic Coverage Bias Consult: LCO -> Getting Started -> How to Evaluate…

50 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo50 Plagiarism and You According to the Seneca College Student Handbook, plagiarism is the inclusion of anothers words, phrases, sentences or entire passages in work which you claim as your own. Consult: LCO -> Getting Started -> Plagiarism

51 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo51 Your Turn … Find information on One of the illustrators mentioned in your research assignment book on the shelf and at another library article from a magazine on the shelf an authoritative Internet site

52 September 2004(c) 2004 Foo52 And of Course... If you have any questions or need help finding information, visit us at the Reference Desk!


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