Library Research Strategies HS300-08: American Revolution Dr. Todd Romero Michelle Baildon
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Library Research Strategies HS300-08: American Revolution Dr. Todd Romero Michelle Baildon firstname.lastname@example.org http://www2.bc.edu/~baildon/
Tell Me, Please: –How do I get the library information I need...... at O’Neill?... at BC?... in Boston?... in the world (online and otherwise)? –How do I get primary sources? –You’ll need the right tools
Let’s Get to Know the BC Libraries Web Site Remember: Michelle’s Home Page (okay, not technically part of the BC Libraries site) http://www2.bc.edu/~baildon Home page: http://www.bc.edu/libraries/ http://www.bc.edu/libraries/ –Quick Searches –Research Help Subject specialists Research Guides How do I... ?How do I Tutorials [CHECK OUT THE QUEST TUTORIAL!!]TutorialsQUEST TUTORIAL –Online DatabasesOnline Databases –Electronic JournalsElectronic Journals
Different Tools Find Different Things Catalogs: Everything a library holds Union catalogs: Everything that many libraries hold (see WorldCat)WorldCat Indexes: Show you where to find specific articles –Take you down another level of specificity Finding aids: Manuscripts and archival records These and other tools all go by the alias “database”
Using Quest (Again, check out the Quest tutorial: http://www.bc.edu/libraries/research/tutorials/s-quest1/ ) http://www.bc.edu/libraries/research/tutorials/s-quest1/ Basic search: Good for title, author, keyword Use keyword to get LC subject heading “Boolean logic” (a.k.a. “and” & “or”) Advanced search: –Combine searches –Limit by language, format, library Remember... Use these strategies with other catalogs and databases!
Using Quest (cont.) Requesting checked-out books or in- process books Create lists, save records Other catalogs: Journal Titles; Course Reserves; WorldCatWorldCat Check Quest Help!
Scholarly Journal Articles What is a scholarly journal? –Contains articles by academics –Peer-reviewed They’re both digital and print (and microfilm... )
Finding Journal Articles: Tell Me How Step 1: Use an index or database to find an article title –Your key database is America: History & LifeAmerica: History & Life Step 2: Find the journal in Quest
Look for the Find It Icon You’re in a database and have found an article you want. How do you get it? Easiest way? Click on Find It. Find It will tell you: –Does BC have the article in full text online? –... Or is it in print in the libraries? –... Or can you get it through interlibrary loan? If you know exactly what you’re looking for, use Citation LinkerCitation Linker Some Shortcuts to Make Life Easier
Finding Primary Sources See the guide to Finding Primary Sources in History Finding Primary Sources in History Print sources –Use Quest and WorldCatQuestWorldCat Digitized sources –See Research Guides, Online Databases Page, QuestResearch GuidesOnline Databases PageQuest –Think critically about free Internet sources Microfilm –Use Quest Advanced Search and limit to microfilmQuest –Newspapers: See U.S. History Research Guide and Newspapers Collection pageU.S. History Research Guide Newspapers Collection Archival sources –Archival Resources, ArchivesUSAArchival ResourcesArchivesUSA For specific examples, see HS300-08 Guide to ResourcesHS300-08 Guide to Resources
What if BC Doesn’t Have It? Try Interlibrary loan (ILL)ILL Use your Boston Library Consortium (BLC) cardBLC
Some General Tips Get leads from footnotes and bibliographies in books and articles Use call numbers to browse the stacks for similar books
Want help from a real person? Contact Michelle Baildon or other subject specialistsMichelle Baildon Visit or call (2-4472) the Reference Desk during these hourshours Email or online chat (Ask 24/7) reference helpEmailonline chat