Starting Your Research Fiber Art & Fabric Design Library Instruction Spring 2004 Mary Woodley firstname.lastname@example.org@csun.edu 818-677-6302
What is the assignment? Paper, Presentation, Annotated Bibliography? Due date – when is the last date for ILL? Citation Style? APA? MLA? Chicago? Types of publications?
Searching Tips Journal Titles: Look in Online Catalog to see if we own Subject access: very broad subject headings Book Titles: Look in online Catalog to see if we own Subject access: general terms that describe the book as a whole Articles Titles: Look in indexes and full-text databases to find titles of articles Subjects: specific for the article
Choosing keywords to search If one keyword does not work, try variations on the keyword Textiles Synthetic fibers Fabrics, textile fabrics, cotton fabrics If too many titles are returned, try searching more specific keywords Acrylic fibers, nylon, rayon
Basic Search Strategies: Words to Search by Jargon Keyword Controlled vocabulary – Subject words/phrases
Basic Search Strategies: Putting concepts together Boolean operator and Venn diagrams serve as a visual expression of the Boolean operations Cotton fabrics Dyeing
Basic Search Strategies: Putting concepts together Boolean operator or Resist-Dyed Fabrics BatikIkat
Basic Search Strategies: Putting concepts together Boolean operator not Cotton Fabrics Dyes and Dyeing Tie-Dyeing and not
Truncation Symbol used at the end of a word to retrieve variant endings of that word. Allows you to search the "root" form of a word with all its different endings. Broadens or increases search results. Truncation = OR Example: teen* retrieves teen OR teens OR teenager OR teenagers However: cat* retrieves cat, cats, but also cataclysm, catacomb, catalepsy, catalog, etc. Use OR instead to maintain meaning: cat or cats
Wildcards Some databases allow for wildcards to be embedded within a word to replace a single character. For example: comp???tion retrieves composition, competition, computation, etc. wom?n retrieves woman, women
Need a book? 1. Search the Library's online catalog. Try searching using the keyword search. 2. Write down the floor location of the book and the call number where the book will be found on the shelf
Need an article? Popular magazines Trade publications Scholarly publications All three may be available in print or online or both
Types of Periodicals: Scholarly Journals Articles must go through a peer-review or refereed process. Scholarly/academic articles that are read by academic or scholar "referees" for advice and evaluation of content when submitted for publication. Referees recommend to the editor/editorial board whether the article should be published as is, revised, or rejected. Also sometimes know as "peer-reviewed" articles. Articles are usually reports on scholarly research. Articles use jargon of the discipline.
Popular Magazines and Newpapers Authors are magazine staff members or free lance writers. Authors often mention sources, but rarely formally cite them in bibliographies. Individual issues contain numerous advertisements. There is no peer review process. Articles are meant to inform and entertain. Illustrations may be numerous and colorful. Language is geared to the general adult audience (no specialized knowledge of jargon needed).
Evaluating Internet Resources Types of Web Sites: the url is a key.gov.edu.org.com Authority Content & Coverage Timeliness Accuracy Objectivity World Wide Web sites come in many sizes and styles. How do you distinguish a site that gives reliable information from one that gives incorrect information? Below are some guidelines to help.guidelines
Internet Resources vs. Surfing the Web Internet Resources include: Internet accessible databases and journals Use a Web interface Usually require subscription Exception: ERIC Wizard Equivalent to print indexes and journals Authoritative and reliable Surfing the Web: Use free search engines E.G.: Yahoo, Google, HotBot Critical evaluation required Anyone can put up a Web page! Evaluating Web pages (http://library.csun.edu/mwoodley/Webeval.html) Evaluating Web pageshttp://library.csun.edu/mwoodley/Webeval.html