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Welcome to the Information Literacy Student Tutorial on Social Work 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.. Advance to continue or click here to return to the Indexclick here to return to the Index
Touro College Library Catalog The Library Catalog SIMPLE SEARCH screen appears. This catalog includes all physical items (books and media) in the library collections as well as ebooks, etheses, and ejournal databases.
Searching the Catalog Let’s do a subject search in the Touro College Library Catalog. For this section we will use the subject terms social work and community practice to retrieve information about books and media in the libraries. Type the terms in the Search box (arrow). Click the down arrow next to Any Field (circled), to view the list of options that allows you to specify the area in the record to search.
Searching the Catalog The following options can be used to search for resources: Any field Author Title Subject (non-medical) Subject (medical) LC Call number (non-medical) NLM Call number (medical) ISBN/ISSN OCLC number
Searching by Subject (non-medical) To search on a subject area that we are interested in, click on Subject (non-medical) (arrow). We are using the search terms: social work and community practice
Searching by Subject (non-medical) Place the cursor on Subject (non-medical). This option will fill in the second box as is displayed to the right (circled). Click (arrow).
Search Results Your search results will appear on the screen as shown to the right. If there is not an exact match to your subject terms, the catalog will provide nearby LC SUBJECTS. Let’s look at the first subject on the list titled: Social work administration -- Textbooks for which there is 1 entry.Social work administration -- Textbooks Click the subject link (arrow).
Search Results Now we will examine the catalog entry for the book: “Skills for human service practice : working with individuals, groups and communities…”
Book Details This screen depicts the following details about the book (circled). Title/Author Imprint Location Call # Status Additional Subjects Let’s review each detail.
Title / Author The book detail screen shows the book Title followed by the author’s or editors name. In this example the book title is: “Skills for human service practice : working with individuals, groups and communities…” [edited by] Agi O'Hara, Zita Weber”
Location The Location describes where the book is physically located. In this example, the book, “Skills for human service practice : working with individuals, groups and communities…” is located at both the Kings Highway and Midtown libraries.
Call # The 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. The Call # for this book is: HV40.S Note that the call number ends with the publication year so you will know how current the book is.
Status The 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 In this example, the book is Available.
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. For example: Human services personnel – Training of – Textbooks (arrow).
Locating ebooks in the Catalog Touro College Libraries subscribe to over 40,000 ebooks. Let’s go back to the Catalog SIMPLE SEARCH screen and type the search terms social work and community practice Select to search in Any Field Click (circled). 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 is noted Electronic Resources (circled). The entry will have the following as its location: College E-Books (circled). On the screen to the right, scroll down to locate the ebook titled, “Building on women's strengths a social work agenda for the twenty-first century”. 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 box in the center of the screen. Click here to access the electronic book Click on this link to open the ebook record (arrow).
Reviewing an ebook This ebook is one of many entries that is available through an electronic book service called NetLibrary (circled). You open the ebook by clicking on the link View this book (arrow). Publication details are to the right (circled).
Reviewing an ebook You will see the book cover on the bottom right of the screen. MAXIMIZE the ebook screen by pulling the divider line up to the top. (circled, arrow). This will allow you to view the ebook on a full screen.
Reviewing an ebook The Table of Contents and Chapter titles appear on the left side of the window (bracket). If you click on the link for Contents… (circled).
Reviewing an ebook You will see the Contents of the ebook (bracket). You can scroll up and down through the Contents of the book on screen (arrow) or you can click on any chapter (circled).
Searching within an ebook To search within an ebook, use the Search box at the bottom of the page (circled). Let’s type in the term: influence into the search box. Click Search (arrow)
Searching within an ebook You will see the message “Results of 21 pages for influence” (circled). The results related to the search appear on screen, highlighted in yellow. The page number where the term is located in the ebook is noted. Click on the link View this Page (arrow) to go directly to the section.
Searching within an ebook You can read the page online to see if this resource meets your requirements for your research (circled). To go to the next instance where the terms are found, click View this Page for the second result (arrow).
Exiting ebooks To go back to the Touro Virtual Catalog, bring the NetLibrary page back to the center of the screen. Click Return to Catalog (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 Social Sciences Databases L et’s look at proprietary or subscription databases in the Subject area of Social Science. Click on the Subject link Social Sciences. A list of the resources Related to these subject areas will be displayed in alphabetical order.
Social Science Resources The list of Social Science resources in support of the Social Work curriculum is on the screen. By scrolling down the list, you will see proprietary databases that relate to the field of Social Work: Proquest Social Science Journals, Social Work Abstracts, etc.
Using Social Work Abstracts For this tutorial, let’s use the database Social Work Abstracts. This database is very good for locating academic articles in this field. Scroll down the list and click on the link for Social Work Abstracts (arrow).
Using Social Work Abstracts The main search screen appears with a search box to type in your terms (circled). Note that there is also the option to perform an Advanced Search (down arrow). We will use the terms social work and community practice. Leave the default search option as Anywhere (up arrow).
Using Social Work Abstracts Type in the search terms: social work and community practice (circled). Click (arrow).
Search Results Your search results will appear on the screen. A sample is to the right. The number of records retrieved using the terms social work and community is 242 (circled).
Search Results Let’s look at the first article titled, “Advances and challenges in preventing childhood and adolescent problem behavior”. Click the link to open the Complete Record (arrow). Complete Record
The Article in Citation Format The complete record for this article appears on the screen to help you locate the article in an electronic or print form. Accession Number Title Editor Source (Journal name, page, date) Document Type Publication Year ISSN Hardcopy details Abstract (summary)
Examining the Abstract The abstract provides all the details that you need to locate this article. For example: The TITLE: “Advances and challenges in preventing childhood and adolescent problem behavior.” The SOURCE: Social-Work- Research. 30(3): , Sept 2006.Social-Work- Research Either write down or print out this information using File, Print, Select the Page button and type 1.
Examining the Abstract By examining the Source line, we know that this article was published in the journal called Social Work Research The volume is 30, Issue 3, published in September The article appears on pages:
Searching for the Full Text To find this article, we need to return to the Virtual library home page. We want to see if the library has the journal called Social Work Research available electronically. Click eJournals (arrow).
Searching for the Full Text At the prompt Find a full-text periodical Title begins with, type Social Work Research (circled). Click (arrow)
Searching for the Full Text The information for the electronic journal appears on the screen. Articles published in Social Work Research are online from 03/01/1994 – current in various Proprietary databases to which Touro College subscribes.
Searching for the Full Text We are looking for the article titled, “Advances and challenges in preventing childhood and adolescent problem behavior.” The article was published in December We will look in Proquest Social Science Journals (arrow). Click this link.
Searching for the Full Text We are automatically brought to the Proquest database. Publication: Social Work Research, Washington Full text coverage: Dec 1997 (Volume 21, Issue 4) – current. Type in the first few words of the article title. “ Advances and challenges in preventing childhood and adolescent… (circle). Click (arrow).
Full Text Article The link for the article is found (arrow). Click on the icon to open the full text article Full text (circled).Full text
The Article in Full Text Format
You can Print or this article (circled).
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. Practice 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.
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 Social Sciences, you will see a list of Web links that you can use to locate portals for links on: conflict & violence, mental health & health risk issues, counselor resources, social issues, organizations, etc.
Social Sciences Subject Directories The SOCIAL SCIENCE 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 continue the research using your term social work and community. We will look for a link that might be useful for your topic. Scroll down the list (down arrow).
Using a Subject Directory The link for Social Sciences - looks like it might be useful for our research. Using this link we can browse areas including: Anthropology Business & management Economics Education Environmental studies Government policy Law & politics Psychology Research tools & methods Social welfare, etc. Click the link for Social Sciences (arrow).
Searching with Social Sciences When you click on the blue link for Social Sciences the screen to the right appears. Type in the search term social work and community in the search box (circled). Click on GO.
Search Results Results using the terms social work and community are displayed (circled). Now showing: of 456 records Order by Relevance Alphabetical To view information about the resource, click on the title (arrow).
Additional Resources The Web & Search sites portal has a great deal of information / links to additional resources in the Social Sciences area. Under the section titled Metasites, Portals & Gateways Click Social Sciences (arrow).
Additional Resources Let’s look for a link that provides information on career & professional services. Scroll down the list (down arrow).
Council on Social Work Education The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) link has information on membership, accreditation & reaffirmation, meetings & education. Click Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
Council on Social Work Education CSWE also provides career & professional services, research reports & resource links, the latest issues of the Journal of Social Work Education and CSWE Focus.
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
Social Sciences 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 Social Sciences under Search Engines to bring up a list that relates to the Social Sciences area.
Search Engines The list of Social Science general search engines appears. Let’s choose Google U.S. Government Search for this tutorial and type in your search term social work and community. Click Google U.S. Government Search - A *****Google search engine (arrow).
Google U.S. Government Search The main page of the search engine appears with a search box (circled). Type in the search terms social work and community. Click
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 social work and community, let’s choose the following site from the search results: Social Assistance, except Child Day Care Click on the Social Assistance link. Let’s see if this site meets the requirements for the five rules.
The Social Assistance Site Authorship The URL (Uniform Resource Locater) is: m This URL ends in.gov which means that it is a site maintained by the government. The site is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Social Assistance Site Accuracy This site focus on providing information about areas of Social Work including: Individual and family services Community food and housing Emergency and other relief services.
The Social Assistance Site Currency The site includes a last modified date of: January 20, 2006 The site also references the Department of Labor Career Guide Edition.
The Social Assistance Site Comprehensiveness This site provides links to: Nature of the Industry Working Conditions Employment Occupations in the Industry Training & Advancement Outlook & Earnings Sources of Additional Information Statistics
The Social Assistance Site Style and functionality The Social Assistance site is organized by the services provided. The material is presented using narrative links and the subject matter is easily understood. This site looks like it will be useful for information on the area of Social Work.
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 social work and community. This is the book Skills for human service practice : working with individuals, groups and communities that we looked at using the Library Catalog. Bibliography O'Hara, A., & Weber, Z. (Eds.). (2006). Skills for human service practice: Working with individuals, groups, and communities. New York: Oxford University Press 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 social work and community. This is the Social Assistance site that we just reviewed, using Web & Search Sites. Bibliography Social assistance, except child day care. (2006, January 20). U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved August 1, 2007, from U.S. Department of Labor 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 Social Sciences 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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