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1 library.centennialcollege.ca Distance Access You need an active library account to use the library; e.g. borrow books, access full text e- resources from off campus, renew books online, etc.

2 tutoring in person telephone digital help | coaching

3 You have access to resources at all 4 campus libraries. Libraries website lists in detail what each library has. You have access to resources at all 4 campus libraries. Libraries website lists in detail what each library has.

4 2011 Sept 28-Oct 3 Dave Currey – Instructor Liz Dobson - Librarian

5 Research topics (broad subject areas)  Social networking  Impact of the media

6 Research question: Express your topic in the form of a research question. This expresses a specific point of interest about the subject. Then identify the main concepts in your question. Research question: Express your topic in the form of a research question. This expresses a specific point of interest about the subject. Then identify the main concepts in your question.

7 Terminology – search terms: Anticipate that you may need to use a range of keywords and phrases to find what you need. Terminology – search terms: Anticipate that you may need to use a range of keywords and phrases to find what you need.

8 Truncation: (*) You can use truncation shortcuts to search for many words that start with the same letters. See examples below. Truncation: (*) You can use truncation shortcuts to search for many words that start with the same letters. See examples below.

9 Your search terms with truncation:

10 Search for full text journal & newspaper articles in library databases Search for full text journal & newspaper articles in library databases

11 A journal article from a business journal (2009)…

12 An academic (peer reviewed) journal article (2011)…

13 1313 “Peer reviewed” articles  Also called “refereed” or “academic” or “scholarly”  Well researched, authoritative work  Often write-ups of original research done – with literature reviews, statistics, findings, etc.  A committee of scholars must approve quality before the editor publishes Most databases allow you to limit to peer reviewed if you want 13

14 Limit search to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals

15 Collect articles you want to use….”Add to Folder”…

16 When you have collected all the articles you want, “Go to Folder”…

17 Print, , or save ( option here displayed) Print, , or save ( option here displayed)

18 Go to Centennial Libraries homepage for Guide on APA style…

19 What is a

20 A literature review?  “A literature review is an account of what has been published on a topic by accredited scholars and researchers. Occasionally you will be asked to write one as a separate assignment...but more often it is part of the introduction to an essay…”. Source: Taylor, D. (n.d.). The literature review: A few tips on conducting it. Retrieved from types-of-writing/literature-review

21 What is the purpose of a literature review?  “In writing the literature review, your purpose is to convey to your reader what knowledge and ideas have been established on a topic, and what their strengths and weaknesses are.” Source: Taylor, D. (n.d.). The literature review: A few tips on conducting it. Retrieved from writing/literature-review

22 You gain skills in writing a literature review:  Enlarge your knowledge about your research question  Develop your ability to scan literature for useful material  Develop your ability to analyze & evaluate studies (e.g. identify bias, Source: Taylor, D. (n.d.). The literature review: A few tips on conducting it. Retrieved from writing/literature-review

23 What must a literature review do?  Focus on your research question  Summarize what is and is not known  Identify areas of debate  Identify areas that need further research Source: Taylor, D. (n.d.). The literature review: A few tips on conducting it. Retrieved from writing/literature-review

24 Background information & tips on new research studies, & debates on research topics

25 Newspaper articles (CURRENT AND BACK FILES) in Library databases…

26 Direct access to all Libraries’ licensed databases: Full text: articles in newspapers & journals, essays in encyclopedias, e-books, etc. Direct access to all Libraries’ licensed databases: Full text: articles in newspapers & journals, essays in encyclopedias, e-books, etc.

27 Libraries offer about 100 licensed databases. Become familiar with the search tools on this page! Libraries offer about 100 licensed databases. Become familiar with the search tools on this page!

28 Background information & definitions online…

29 Background info…  Canadian Encyclopedia Online (Internet)  Credo Reference (Library database)

30 Quality of information on the Internet?

31 Search the Internet for websites…

32 Media Literacy  Media Awareness website (check “about us”, “contact info”; research authors and organizations associated with a website  Government websites tend to offer reliable information

33 Statistics Canada website  A Canadian Government agency offering researchers much useful data  Centennial Libraries has ESTAT database, a Statistics Canada website that provides data on the most popular questions asked. Some publications here are available (free) where on the Internet they are fee-based.

34 Media literacy  Check out some sources for advice on evaluating websites: Media Awareness (Canada) Widener University Wolfgram Memorial Library “Evaluate Web Pages” tutorial

35 Media literacy – what to look for:  Authority (who is the author?)  Accuracy (reliable information? )  Currency (how recent?)  Objectivity (any bias?)

36 Library Catalogue

37 Direct access to Library catalogue: Books and videos on the shelf, many e-books Direct access to Library catalogue: Books and videos on the shelf, many e-books

38 Book search in library catalogue…

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43 eBook collections in the Library databases…

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45 A new search tool this year

46 New this term – a “Google- like” search program for Library resources…

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49 Guide on the Libraries website:

50 Libraries website offers help to Search articles in databases Avoid plagiarism Write your essays in APA or MLA style Search the Internet etc. Libraries website offers help to Search articles in databases Avoid plagiarism Write your essays in APA or MLA style Search the Internet etc.

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