CS 101 Students Presented by Ken Ryan Winter, 2008 GETTING THE MOST OUT OF THE LIBRARY OUT OF THE LIBRARY
Agenda Openers The Library website and navigating it Design a search engine How to find stuff here Using the Library Catalog How to borrow stuff, here AND there How to find articles in databases Using Academic Search Premier Using Computer Source Using Engineering Village 2
already Now here I am ^ nagging at you … Did you get your NIS Account? IF NOT, go to Library Palmer Wing ITS Help Desk and register NOW! Why? NEEDED FOR ACCESSING ALL CAMPUS COMPUTERS STARTING 2008 (and for remote and wireless access). Have you been using the campus student e-mail system? http://mymail.calstatela.edu Why? BEST FOR E-MAILING ATTACHMENTS AND FOR RECEIVING OFFICIAL CAMPUS E-MAIL.
Steps of Library Research Catalog Need books? Interlibrary Loan Interlibrary Loan No Library stacks Yes Get item in your hands! Need articles? Databases Print No Full-text
The Library Website Important menu & other links Library hours Floor plans People Policies Jobs Services Help Campus links
Really important links … Search for: Articles in journals, newspapers, magazines (Article and Reference Databases) Journals, newspapers & magazines by name (Journal Name Search) Books and other library materials Course materials on reserve … on the Library main website
A database is A collection of information organized for easy access and searchable by specific fields like author and title.
A search engine is … A computer program that electronically searches the contents of a database to locate specific information www.library.arizona.edu/rio/ glossary.htm A computer program that retrieves documents or files or data from a database or from a computer network (especially from the internet) wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/ webwn
Now that you know a couple of definitions for a search engine, you are going to be given the opportunity to design YOUR ideal information-seeking tool or system. List a few characteristics YOU think the IDEAL search engine should have. Report what your group came up with. Then we’ll look at ACTUAL databases and the search engines they use. Draw your own conclusions – better or worse than your IDEAL design?
And now, some live examples … Goliathus regius AND NOW, SOME LIVE EXAMPLES …
Basic Search KEYWORD: “ global warming ” AND ( technol* OR engineer* ) KEYWORD: “ computer programming ” Journal Search Does the Library subscribe to Computer Music Journal? Advanced Search KEYWORD / LOCATION: comput* AND Thesis Collection Search Examples
TIME EVENT Web TV/Radio One day later Days Newspapers Magazines Journals Real time Weeks Books Months Years Government Publications Reference A Timeline of Information Adapted (2002) from “The Lifecycle of Information,” Odegaard Undergraduate Library, University of Washington. Thanks to C. Haras.
Flow of Scientific Information http://www.lib.uwaterloo.ca/usered/grad/researchskills/flow_of_info.html http://www.indiana.edu/~cheminfo/acs800/structs.html Timeline 0 1-2 years 2-3 years 3 years 4 years 5 years 7-10 years
What’s the difference? And who cares? Journal or Magazine? What’s the difference? And who cares? Journals = research references (bibliographies) abstracts author information Examples: Journal of Scientific Computing Science ACM Transactions on … Journal of the Association for History & Computing Magazines = info, news, entertainment NO bibliographies MANY advertisements Examples: Technology Review Newsweek PC Quest Wall Street Journal Both are published periodically.
Formulating an Article Database Search See handout: “Search Strategy Development Worksheet” Ask a question containing the search concepts: How do I get articles about the management of software development projects? Join concepts with Boolean operators: OR broadens a search either term may appear in the same record terms are similar in meaning example: develop* OR manag* AND narrows a search all concepts must appear in citation terms differ in meaning example: software AND ( develop* OR manag* )
Formulating a Search (Graphic View) A = develop* B = manag* C = software Result Set A+C, B+C, A+B+C develop* AND software develop* AND manag* AND software
Academic Search Premier Articles from 4,200+ journals, all subject areas; 3,200+ are full-text; most are “peer-reviewed” or “scholarly” or “academic” Citations / Text can be downloaded e-mailed to campus or commercial account printed (Library workstations & OALs)
Computer Source From the same friendly folks who bring you Academic Search premier … Articles from about 300 publications, covering topics such as computer science, programming, artificial intelligence, cybernetics, information systems, robotics, and software. Citations / Text can be downloaded e-mailed to campus or commercial account printed (Library workstations & OALs)
Compendex Covers 5,000+ engineering journals & conferences; references and abstracts; 1970 to present; includes: chemical and process engineering computers & data processing applied physics electronics & communications civil, mechanical and materials engineering INSPEC Covers 5,000+ sci-tech journals & conferences; 1969 to present; includes: electrical & electronic engineering physics information technology computer & control systems
1. Title of article 2. Author 3. Journal name (often called “Source”) 4. Volume (and issue) number 5. Date 6. Page(s) * Print or e-mail your citations (or accurately write them out) Article Citations … Don’t leave your databases without them!* Remember …
Remember … most of the World’s total knowledge resources are ONLY available in print form in books and bound journals. Don’t be misled into wrong thinking that because it’s in a book, it’s passé, or that “old” journal articles are worthless. Also remember … not everything is on the Web! A couple of words to the wise …
- Ask at the Reference Desk, 1st Floor, Library North - Read online help screens & tutorials - Read handouts (in bins by Reference Desk) - Ken Ryan (STEM Librarian) 323-343-4943 firstname.lastname@example.org Still going around in circles?