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Starting Your Research at the Library Asa H. Gordon Library Savannah State University Adapted from the Babson Library Information Literacy Project
Where to start? The Library is the starting point for research The Library staff is here for you! Computers and wireless access Quiet & not-quiet workspaces Use study rooms (for one or two) or conference rooms (for groups) Books and journals and videos and microfilm and DVDs and newspapers and...!
The Library Website: your First Stop Access library catalog & databases from any computer Ask-A-Librarian link to ask reference questions GIL Express: if we don’t have what you need, it doesn’t mean you can’t use it! http://library.savannahstate.edu/
Some Types Of Resources Books Articles (print & electronic) ◦ Scholarly journal articles ◦ Popular magazine articles ◦ Newspaper articles Websites
Books Reference Books: use in library only Circulating Books: check out for 28 days, up to 20 items, and two renewals eBooks: access and read online To find books, search the library’s online catalog: https://gil.savannahstate.edu/
Articles Scholarly (peer-reviewed or refereed) journals Magazines, including popular and trade journals Newspapers
Locating Articles To find articles, go to the databases link on the home page or Use Galileo Express Links from the home pageGalileo Express Links On- and off-campus access Don’t look for articles in the Catalog!
Articles: Sorting out your results Citation: gives you the information you need to track down the work Abstract: summarizes content of article & provides citation Full Text: complete text of article, along with citation. From: Babson Library Information Literacy Project
Locating your sources Now that you’ve identified some good sources, how do you get them?
Check for full-text availability Full text in HTML (text) vs. PDF (image of article) Be careful when emailing or saving documents In database
Articles: Suggested Databases Academic Search Complete Research Library JSTOR-full text (scholarly) LexisNexis (newspapers)
Articles: Academic Search Complete Makes finding good, fast, AND cheap easier! Can limit to peer- reviewed journals. (Good!) Many articles available full-text. (Fast!) Can email, print or save full text. (Cheap!)
Articles: Proquest Same idea as Academic Search Complete: slightly different coverage, different interface Located under Galilleo quick links
Websites Fast & cheap, but good? Carefully Evaluate all sources, especially web resources Think about using the CRAAP test
Finding Websites: Search Engines Vast quantity of information (2 billion+ sites!) The good, the bad, and the ugly. Evaluate! Keyword searching: can be like finding a needle in a haystack. 3 million results???
How do I cite it, once I have found it, and decide to use it? Go to the Style Manuals link on the Library Homepage Use the appropriate format for your assignment: ◦ APA ◦ MLA ◦ CHICAGO/TURABIAN http://library.savstate.edu/resources/style_manuals/index.php
If you need to: Come up with a suitable topic (not too broad, not too narrow) Be able to find resources in all formats (books, articles, websites, etc.) Incorporate & cite these sources correctly (be careful not to plagiarize!) Remember: librarians are here to help you!
Contact Us at the Library Use the “Ask-a-Librarian” link on the library homepage Call the Library Stop by the reference desk Remember: The best resource is a human resource