Presentation is loading. Please wait.

Presentation is loading. Please wait.

Academic Research & Communication Websites Archives & Manuscripts Theses & Dissertations Conference Proceedings Journal Articles Books Technical Reports.

Similar presentations

Presentation on theme: "Academic Research & Communication Websites Archives & Manuscripts Theses & Dissertations Conference Proceedings Journal Articles Books Technical Reports."— Presentation transcript:


2 Academic Research & Communication Websites Archives & Manuscripts Theses & Dissertations Conference Proceedings Journal Articles Books Technical Reports

3 Starting Your Research

4 I. Finding Known Items: Chasing & Understanding Citations Citation Chasing Citation Chasing is when you start from a known title or author, which is given by your professor or which you find in the bibliography Most citations of articles include the following information: - Author - Article title - Journal or magazine title - Volume and issue number of the journal or magazine - Date of publication - Page numbers of the article (some citations only include the beginning page number)

5 Reading a citation: Zaru, Jean. “Biblical Teachings and the Hard Realities of Life.” In Hope Abundant: Third World and Indigenous Women’s Theology (Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2010), 123-137. Pickstock, Catherine. “Liturgy, Art and Politics.” Modern Theology 16.2 (April 2000): 159-180. Ahn, Ilsup. Situating the Moral Self in Organizations and Corporations: A Co-reconstructive Study of Jürgen Habermas and Reinhold Niebuhr on the Concept of the Positional Self. PhD diss., University of Chicago, 2005.

6 To find sources cited, try looking in the following places: 1.Use the Library Catalog to find books, journals, audiovisual materials, etc.Library Catalog 2.Search the NU Library’s e-journals list to locate electronic copies of articlesNU Library’s e-journals list 3.Use ProQuest Dissertation Database to find dissertations and theses.ProQuest Dissertation Database

7 Cited author searching “Cited author searching” – Searching for articles that reference the article that you are reading or which cite an important researcher in your field: - Web of Science (includes social sciences and humanities)Web of Science - Google ScholarGoogle Scholar

8 II. Exploring the Unknown: Searching Keywords vs. Subjects When searching for information on a subject, you can search by a keyword or subject heading: Keyword SearchingSubject Searching Natural languagePre-defined “controlled” vocabulary FamiliarNot always intuitive Searches all fields in catalog record Searches subject and/or descriptor fields only May yield irrelevant resultsResults are usually relevant to topic

9 Keyword search when Keyword search when: – You don’t know the exact title or author of the item – A variety of terms describe the topic (e.g. History of Christian symbols in 16 th -century Europe) OR – You want to retrieve information by grouping two or more terms (e.g. mission OR evangelism) AND – More than one discipline or topic is involved (e.g. churches AND statistics) NOT – You want to exclude documents which are not about your topic (e.g. depression NOT great) – You don’t know the subject heading

10 Subject search when Subject search when: - You are looking for information on a broad topic - You are looking for information about something, someone, or someplace (e.g. books about Thomas Merton, not those written by him) - If you don’t know a subject heading, try a keyword search first. Take a look at the record of an item and review what subject headings are listed

11 Start your search in the following places: 1.Library catalogLibrary catalog 2. Databases relevant to your fieldDatabases 3.Google Scholar, which is linked to the NU Library’s ResourcesGoogle Scholar 4. Dissertations in your field – Dissertations generally include a comprehensive review of all relevant literatureDissertations

12 III. Background Research Finding background information about a topic can help you put your research in a broader context and help direct you to areas for further research To get oriented to prior research on a topic or learn more about a particular methodological or theoretical approach, consult a handbook or subject-specific encyclopedia.

13 To find subject specific encyclopedias or handbooks: 1.Check the online reference collection Oxford Bibliographies Online Blackwell Reference Books Online Credo Reference plus other encyclopedias listed under “general reference and multi subject” on the databases page

14 2.Search the Library Catalog using the name of your research area plus “handbook” or “encyclopedia.” - Look for encyclopedias covering relevant disciplines, with signed articles by scholars in the field and bibliographies of works cited

15 IV. Browsing in print and online Browsing is less targeted than searching, but can be good for accidental finds – You may search WorldCat to find new titles in your 2.Major journals in your field – You may look at new issues when they arrive in the library or when they are posted online 3. Browse the shelf for books with similar topics

16 V. Citation Management: EndNote Use Endnote for citation management This will store the citations of the articles that you import into it and make creating your bibliography easier It will also allow you to keep track of what you have found and what you have read

17 To learn more about the Endnote: - Attend the library workshop on 10/15 at 10:00. - Read the document about getting started using Endnote, which is available on the library website ( %20with%20Endnote.pdf) %20with%20Endnote.pdf - Check the NU Library’s Endnote guideNU Library’s Endnote guide - Make an appointment with the reference librarian

18 VI. Citing Sources Check out the library website to learn about style manuals and guides: - Turabian Style, 8 th ed. (call no: LB 2369.T8 2013) - Chicago Manual of Style, 16 th ed. (call no: Z 253.U69 2010) - APA style (call no: Ref. BF 76.7.P83 2010)

19 Research Help? Contact either Kathleen or Lucy - Call at 847-866-3870 (Kathleen) - Email at or - Chat with us (M-F 8:30 am – 4:30 pm) - Visit during the reference help hours (M/W/F 11 am – 1 pm)

20 Questions?

Download ppt "Academic Research & Communication Websites Archives & Manuscripts Theses & Dissertations Conference Proceedings Journal Articles Books Technical Reports."

Similar presentations

Ads by Google