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Welcome to the Information Literacy Student Tutorial on Business Resources You have been assigned a research project and you are not sure where to begin. The Touro College Libraries have many resources to assist you. This instruction module is designed to introduce you to a variety of useful library resources and services and to prepare you to research your topic. Research can seem a little overwhelming at first, but we believe you will feel much better prepared after you complete this step-by- step module.
Let's get started A worksheet is available for you to use as you complete the tasks at the end of each section. At the bottom of each assignment page there are links to the Touro College Virtual Library. Click on the following student worksheet link and use the Windows File Print command to print a copy of the worksheet. Student Worksheet. Then click the back arrow to return to the tutorial.Worksheet
Touro College Virtual Library The Virtual Library is located at the following URL: The Virtual Library has information on and links to: About the Libraries Library Services Find Resources
Using this tutorial, you will learn: How to search for books, media, and ebooks by subject in the Library Catalog and how to use ebooks.Library Cataloguse ebooks How to search for full text periodicals using Proprietary DatabasesProprietary Databases How to use a Subject Directory to locate quality Web sites selected by human editorsSubject Directory How to use a Search Engine to find Web resources selected by computer programsSearch Engine How to evaluate Web sites using five basic rules to determine if the information is appropriate for your research assignmentevaluate Web sites How to complete your bibliography using a style guide and NoodleToolscomplete your bibliography
Part 1: Using the Library Catalog You can search for books and media using an online catalog. To access our online catalog, click on the Books & Media (Library Catalog) link.
Touro College Library Catalog Using the library catalog menu, click on the SEARCH THE CATALOG link to find the locations of books and media. You can also click on the View Your Patron Record link and submit your name and barcode from your Touro College ID to view material you have checked out of the libraries.
Searching the Catalog Let’s do a subject search in the Touro College Library Catalog. Click on SEARCH THE CATALOG.
The Search the Catalog Menu The SEARCH THE CATALOG menu will appear on the screen. Note that you can search by AUTHOR, TITLE, WORDS, LC SUBJECT, etc.
Searching by LC Subject To search on a general topic category (subject area), click on LC SUBJECT. For this tutorial we will use the subject terms business planning to retrieve information about books and media in the libraries.
Searching by Subject Type the search term(s ): business planning Then click on Submit Search or press the Enter key.
Search Results Your search results will appear on the screen as shown to the right. Let’s look at the details for the book Anatomy of a business plan : a step-by- step guide… by Linda Pinson. This is done by clicking on the blue book link.
Book Details This screen depicts the details about the book. The arrows point to the: Title/Author Location LC Call # Status Subject Let’s review each detail.
Book Title / Author The book detail screen shows the book Title followed by the author’s name.
Book Location The LOCATION describes where the book is physically located. In this example, the book titled Anatomy of a business plan : a step-by-step guide is located at the Midtown library.
LC Call # The LC Call # refers to the number that was assigned to this book using the Library of Congress Classification System. Each book has a unique number that organizes it on the shelves by subject area. Note that the call number ends with the publication year so you will know how current the book is.
Book Status STATUS lets you know if the book is available. Examples of status types include: Available Reserved On Hold Checked Out In Transit Non-TC ILL Missing Overdue
Subject Headings You can search for more books in the catalog by clicking on Subject links in the book details. Additional subjects are listed towards the bottom of the book detail record.
Locating ebooks in the Catalog Touro College Libraries subscribe to over 40,000 ebooks. Let’s go back to the Catalog search screen and type in our search term business planning Click Advance to continue or click here to return to the Indexclick here to return to the Index
Locating ebooks in the Catalog Review the result list and select an entry that has the following as its location: College E-Books On the screen to the right, the 1 st entry on the list is an e-book titled “ The 2nd digital revolution [electronic resource] / by Stephen J. Andriole. College E-Books. ” Click on the title link for this book to open the record (arrow).
Locating ebooks in the Catalog The catalog entry for this ebook appears on the screen. Notice the blue link in the center of the screen (circled). access the electronic book. Click on this link to open the ebook (arrow). Locating ebooks in the Catalog
Reviewing an ebook This ebook is one of many entries that is available through an electronic book service called ebrary. After you have opened the ebook, you can scroll through the Table of Contents, Chapters, index, etc. by clicking on one of the links. (arrow) Click on the link for Contents…(circled).
Reviewing an ebook You will see the Table of Contents appear on the right side of the window. You can scroll up and down through the Contents of the book on screen. (arrow). Next, let’s do a search for specific concepts relating to Business Planning within this ebook. Reviewing an ebook
Searching within an ebook To search within an ebook, use the InfoTools feature at the top of the ebrary menu bar. Click on the down arrow next to InfoTools (circled). A list of choices appear on screen. Highlight the option to Search document (arrow)
Searching within an ebook Type in the search terms for the information that you are seeking within the ebook (arrow). Let’s look for information on “return on investment” For example type the search term: ROI Click Search
Searching within an ebook The first instance of the term appears on screen, highlighted in red (arrow). You can read the context right on the screen to see if this is suitable for your research.
Searching within an ebook To go to the next instance of the term ROI, click on the symbol for next search page (circled).
Search for additional ebooks in ebrary To do a Simple search for additional ebooks type your terms business planning in the white box (circled) and click search (arrow).
Using Advanced Search in ebrary To do an Advanced Search in ebrary, click on the tab for Advanced search (arrow). Type in your search terms business and planning and select search in: Subject (circled).
Using Advanced Search in ebrary Advanced Search will return a list of results. The book jacket appears on the screen to the left, followed by the Title link in blue (arrow). Publishing details are to the right (bracket), with related subjects listed at the bottom of each book entry (circled).
Assignment 1 Go to the Touro College Virtual Library and perform a Library Catalog search using your topic. Select one of the entries in your catalog search results. Review the detailed record for a book that looks interesting and answer the questions for Assignment 1 on your worksheet. Catalog search practice Advance to continue or click here to return to the Indexclick here to return to the Index
Part 2: Proprietary Databases Touro College subscribes to many online databases to help you with your research needs. Subscription databases are found on the Touro College Virtual Library by clicking on the Proprietary Databases link. Advance to continue or click here to return to the Indexclick here to return to the Index
Proprietary Database Links The databases that you need can be viewed by clicking on a subject area link. OR You can scroll down the complete list of databases arranged in alphabetical order.
Using Business Databases L et’s look at proprietary or subscription databases in the Subject area of Business. Click on the Subject link Business.
Business Databases The list of Business resources in support of the business curriculum is on the screen. By scrolling down the list, you will see additional proprietary databases used in the area of business research such as: ABI/Inform Business & Company Resource Center Hoover’s MERGENT Online
Using ABI/INFORM Global For this tutorial, let’s use the database ABI/INFORM Global to search for business related articles. This database is very good for general research. Scroll down the list and click on the link for ABI/INFORM Global
Using ABI/INFORM Global The main search screen appears with advanced search options. Type in the terms business planning (circled) and leave the default search option as Citation and Abstract. (arrows) Also click on the option to Limit to Full Text Articles. (arrow) Click on Search
Search Results Your search results will appear on the screen. A sample is to the right. The total number of Full Text articles retrieved using the terms business and planning is (circled) To view the citation of the article, click on the title of the article in blue. (arrow) Let’s look at the article titled “The New IBM”.
The Article in Citation Format The citation appears to the right. Title: “ The New IBM” by Leslie P. Norton, published by Barron’s, followed by additional details and an abstract of the article.
Full Text Article If you look under the title of this screen, you will see that the article is available in Full Text. You can click on the link »Jump to full text (circled).Jump to full text Click on Jump to Full Text To see a copy of the entire article. You can print out this article if you choose.
The Article in Full Text Format
ABI/INFORM Global Additional features of ABI/INFORM Global include: Translate document into another language (arrow). Print or the document (circled).
Business Databases There are several business related databases available for your research needs. The following are a few tips to assist you. Business & Company Resource Center – company profiles & histories Hoover’s – Editorial content on public & non-public companies, key executives MERGENT Online – financial data & downloadable annual reports.
Journal Sources We are pretty comfortable with books, so now let’s take a look at journal sources. There are different classifications of journal sources. The types that you will likely encounter in your research are: Scholarly Trade Popular Advance to continue or click here to return to the Indexclick here to return to the Index
Scholarly Journals Used by Academics Scholarly materials have a serious appearance and contain very little advertising. They are written for professors, students, or researchers. The authors have expertise, have done research, and are affiliated with or sponsored by a professional association.
Trade Journals Used by Professionals Trade or professional materials may have a bright cover and contain advertising that appeals to those in the industry or field. They are written to provide information of use to that particular industry or field of study.
Popular Magazines Used by Anyone Popular materials may have a bright cover, and contain many glossy pictures and lots of advertising. They are written to attract a broad segment of the population and are usually published commercially. They have second or third-hand information, are opinions on a contemporary issue, and attempt to inform/entertain a wide audience on topics of general interest. Practice Selecting a Journal Type
Assignment 2 Go to the Touro College Virtual Library and perform a periodical Proprietary Database search using your topic. Select one of the entries in your proprietary database search results. Print the citation of the article. You will need to use this to create your bibliography later in this tutorial. Select an article in Full Text and answer the questions for Assignment 2 on your worksheet. Proprietary Databases Advance to continue or click here to return to the Indexclick here to return to the Index
Part 3: Quality Internet Sites There are many Web pages published on the Internet. Your goal is to choose a quality Web site that is appropriate for your research needs. Advance to continue or click here to return to the Indexclick here to return to the Index
Web & Search Sites The Touro College Virtual Library offers links to many quality web sites that can help you in your research. Under Find RESOURCES, click on Web & Search Sites. Advance to continue or click here to return to the Indexclick here to return to the Index
Web & Search Sites The WEB & SEARCH SITES page is divided into four major categories: Ready Reference Subject Directories Search Engines Metasites, Portals & Gateways Let’s review Subject Directories.
Subject Directories Subject Directories include collections of links that were selected by human editors / specialists who have subject expertise. These links have been reviewed and carefully chosen to assist students with their research needs. Advance to continue or click here to return to the Indexclick here to return to the Index
Types of Subject Directories The Subject Directories have been organized into the following categories: General Business Education & Psychology Health Sciences Humanities Jewish Studies Mathematics & Science Social Sciences
Subject Directories Each subject directory contains lists of Web links that relate to a specific area of interest. For example, if you click on Business, you will see a list of Web links that you can use to locate portals for business, economics, accounting, etc.
Business Subject Directories The BUSINESS SUBJECT DIRECTORIES page contains an alphabetical list of links to collections of links to Web resources. Using subject directories can focus your research by going directly to quality Web resources that relate to your topic.
Using a Subject Directory Let’s scroll down the list to view the resources. Let’s look for a link that might be useful for your topic, business planning. We will try a search using the link called Doing Business on the Internet - Library of Congress.
Using a Subject Directory When you click on the blue link for Doing Business on the Internet the screen to the right appears. Type in the search term business planning in the search box. (circled) Click on GO.
Search Results Results using the terms business planning are displayed. (circled) 500 results You can click on the title to these links. Example: to view information on Business Plans, click on the second link (arrow). This will bring you to sites for Business Plans, Forms.
Search Results This page is the Business References Services links as related to business plans. The source is the Science, Technology & Business Division of the Library of Congress.
Part 4: Using a Search Engine Another way to locate a Web site for your research is to use a Search Engine. Some search engines that you will want to consider include: Google Ask.com Yahoo Search Under Find RESOURCES click on Web & Search Sites. Advance to continue or click here to return to the Indexclick here to return to the Index
General Search Engines Search engines use computer programs to look for matches based on subject terms. The results are returned in a list that is not evaluated by subject area experts. Click on General under Search Engines to bring up a list of all inclusive search tools.
General Search Engines The comprehensive list of general search engines appears. Let’s choose Google for this tutorial and type in your search term business planning. Click on *****Google.
…then type in business planning and click on Google Search.
Search Engine Results Your search results will appear on the screen. Google ranks the top search results in order of relevance to your search terms. Be as specific as you can with your search terms. Advance to continue or click here to return to the Indexclick here to return to the Index
Part 5: Evaluating Search Results Before selecting a Web site retrieved by a search engine, you should be aware of some characteristics of Web site evaluation. When you use a Search Engine the results are computer-generated, and therefore need examination. We will review five rules to follow when reviewing Web sites. Advance to continue or click here to return to the Indexclick here to return to the Index
Web Site Evaluation – Rule 1 Authorship This is a major criterion used in Evaluating information. Who is sponsoring, authoring, or managing the Web site? Does the publisher list his or her qualifications? You can determine the type of Web site by the extension on its URL..edueducation / research.com commercial / business.govgovernment agencies, offices, and departments.orggroup or individual.milmilitary.netInternet service provider
Web Site Evaluation – Rule 2 Accuracy Is the information on the site reliable? Unlike scholarly materials, Web sites are rarely refereed or reviewed. Differentiate fact from opinion. Look out for ambiguity, manipulative reasoning, and bias.
Web Site Evaluation – Rule 3 Currency Is the material up to date? Check the date on the page to see when it was updated. Is some of the information obviously out of date?
Web Site Evaluation – Rule 4 Comprehensiveness What is the depth of the information presented? Does it cover a time period, specific topic, claim to be inclusive?
Web Site Evaluation – Rule 5 Style and functionality Is the site laid out clearly and logically? Check for correct grammar and spelling. Is the writing style appropriate for the intended audience? Is the site easy to navigate? Are there clearly labeled icons and links? Do links to remote sites work?
Selecting a Site Getting back to your Google search results for the topic business planning, let’s choose the following site from the search results: SBA Click on the SBA link (arrow). Let’s see if this site meets the requirements for the five rules.
The SBA Site Authorship The URL (Uniform Resource Locater) is: planner/index.html This URL ends in.gov which means that it is a site maintained by a government agency. If you click on “About SBA”, you can see the mission, history, and program information for the U.S. Small Business Administration.
The SBA Site Accuracy This SBA site focus on the goal “to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. To help Americans start, build and grow businesses.” It appears that this site has information relevant to our search on business planning.
The SBA Site Currency There does not appear to be a posted copyright notice for the site. However, newsletters, forms, and notices on this site are all current within the last quarter of The listings on the job site are current with dates of positions in December 2006.
The SBA Site Comprehensiveness This site provides links to: Small Business Planner Services such as: Financial Assistance Contract Opportunities Counseling & Assistance Special Audiences Online Training Tools – Library Resources Marketing & Outreach Forms
The SBA Site Style and functionality The SBA site is organized by the major resources, tools, and services provided. The material is presented using horizontal and vertical menus and tabs. The site is very well organized and easy to navigate. This site looks like it will be useful for your research.
Assignments 3, 4 and 5 Go to the Touro College Virtual Library Web & Search Sites page and, using your search terms, select a Subject Directory to locate relevant Web sites for your research. Review the results of your search and choose a Web site for your topic. (Do not choose a.com site.) From the Web & Search Sites page, choose a Search Engine and, using the same subject terms, perform a search and compare your results. Answer the questions for assignments 3, 4 and 5 on your worksheet. Web & Search Sites Advance to continue or click here to return to the Indexclick here to return to the Index
Part 6: Writing Your Bibliography The Touro College Virtual Library has tools to assist you in creating your bibliography or reference list. There are style guides and online tools to help you. From the Virtual Library, under Our SERVICES, click on the Guides & Tutorials link. Advance to continue or click here to return to the Indexclick here to return to the Index
Resources for Bibliographies Scroll down the page to Quick links. You will see links: For Students For Faculty Click the link For Students
Resources for Bibliographies You will see Quick links for: oPrimary and Secondary Sources oScholarly, Trade and Popular Materials oStyle Guides oCitation Style for Research Papers (APA, Turabian, MLA, Chicago, AMA) o NoodleTools (MLA & APA via NoodleBib) For detail on using this program, read our Creating Your Bibliography with NoodleTools. o Turnitin (plagiarism prevention system) For detail on how to submit a term paper, read our Introduction to Turnitin for Students Check with your professor to see which style (APA, Turabian, MLA, etc.) is required for your research paper.
Resources for Bibliographies NoodleTools NoodleTools is a web based bibliography generator that Touro College Libraries has purchased for faculty and student use. To create your NoodleTools ID, click on N oodleTools, New user? Create a new folderCreate a new folder Note: For detail on using this program, read our Creating Your Bibliography with NoodleToolsCreating Your Bibliography with NoodleTools
Citation – Book Resource Below is an example of a book that would be included in your bibliography for the research on business planning. This is the book Anatomy of a business plan : a step-by-step guide… by Linda Pinson that we looked at using the Library Catalog. Bibliography Pinson, L. (2005). Anatomy of a business plan : a step-by-step guide to building a business and securing your company's future (6th ed.). Chicago, IL: Dearborn Trade Publishing. This citation was created online using the program NoodleTools. Contact your local library for assistance in creating your NoodleTools account.
Citation – Web Resource Below is an example of a Web resource that would be included in your bibliography for the research on business planning. This is the SBA – U.S. Small Business Administration site that we Just reviewed, using Web & Search Sites. Bibliography SBA. (n.d.). U.S. Small Business Administration. Retrieved December 5, 2006, from U.S. Small Business Administration Web site: This citation was created online using the program NoodleTools. Contact your local library for assistance in creating your NoodleTools account.
Assignment 6 Review the style guides and create a citation for your bibliography. Use your article list from assignment #2 to choose an article for your citation. Write your citation in the space provided on your worksheet or attach a NoodleTools bibliography. Submit your worksheet to your professor. Style Guides NoodleTools Advance to continue or click here to return to the Indexclick here to return to the Index
Congratulations! You have successfully completed the Information Literacy Student Tutorial on Business Resources. Any questions can be submitted to: Or visit your local Tourolocal Touro College LibraryCollege Library. Advance to continue or click here to return to the Indexclick here to return to the Index
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