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Library Tutorials

Introduction to the NSU Libraries

Research Strategy -- Provides steps and concepts involving the research process.

Search Terms--Provides information on boolean and matching terms to the data.

Evaluation of URLs -- Provides criteria for evaluating the quality of any resource.

EbscoHost Journals Overview to searching EbscoHost databases.

Citations and Plagiarism-- How to cite most common resources using MLA and APA


                                Why do research?

Research can lead to information; information can lead to knowledge, and knowledge is powerful. All of the informational resources available originated from someone being curious about something, exploring it, and sharing the findings.

                                What is authority and why is it important?

Experts in a field are individuals who might have degrees in a field, work in the discipline, and have published in the subject area.  Their opinions can be very useful in finding credible sources.  For instance, anyone can write Wikipedia articles, but only experts can contribute to Encyclopaedia Britannica. Keep the following concepts in mind when choosing and using resources for research:
1. Identify authors who are outstanding in their fields, determine the credentials of the author. Does the author have a degree in the field, is the author a professor?
2. Date of publication--is it recent? On Web pages, do the links work?
3. Does the publisher have a good reputation? Is it published by a professional association or university press? Is the journal refereed? On Web pages, check the domain (.edu is educational, .gov is government, .com is commercial, .net is network, .org is organizational)
4. How was the resource received by the critics?
5. Completeness of the material. Does the source have an index, bibliography?
6. Is the language slanted or biased?
7. Does it include well known facts or research studies? Is the information complete, accurate, objective?
8. What is the purpose of the resource?  Is it for the general public, children, scholars? Is the goal to market persuade, educate?

How is information organized and from where do articles originate?

The cycle of information is an interesting one.  Research starts with an idea.  Someone becomes curious about something and wants to explore it.  Literature reviews are conducted, empirical evidence is gathered.  The researcher may wish to cross disciplinary lines and take a literary theory and apply it to another field.  The researcher writes an article.  If the article adds to the body of knowledge or presents a new concept, a journal in that discipline might be interested in publishing it. Article submissions go through a reviewing process in which multiple reviewers will read and comment on the article.  This is an example of a refereed journal article. If it passes the review process, the article is published in the journal.  Indexers read journal articles and assign subject headings to the articles and place the citation in indexes (such as MLA Bibliography).  Researchers comb indexes to find articles, and the whole cycle starts over.  This is a cycle that occurs right here at NSU.  Our faculty and students are publishing.  You can become a part of the process, too. Exciting, isn't it?

The Flow of Information (from the University System of Georgia) depicts how information about an event can be represented in different types of resources. Understanding how information is disseminated helps to know where to look and the attributes of each format.

                               How is the NSU library organized?

Maps
     Physical Overview to the Library
Library of Congress
Hours
An example of a topic:  Who is Candy Lightner and how did she make a difference in the world?

Encyclopedia of World Biography
Web Information
Magazine article
Book

Government Document



  Information can be shared in a variety of formats and examples are as follows:

Books




Biography and Genealogy Master Index


Shows trends, gives history of topic, provides definitions, theories


Provides indexing to locate information in biographical sources
Library Catalog


Reference,
First floor and online


Journals Covers current research on scholarly topics Academic Search Premier
Articles and Databases

Magazines Report on popular topics, news Reader's Guide
Masterfile Premier
Newspapers Report on popular topics, news Newspaper Source Plus
NewsBank Newsfile (Oklahoma papers)
New York Times
Government Publications

Publications on all topics prepared by federal and state agencies.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
NSU Government Information
Audio Visuals Graphic representation of topic Library Catalog
Internet Provides quick, full text information, especially on current topics.

Evaluation of URL Tutorial
My Hero Project Home Page
American Profile
Make a Difference Day

Make a Difference Day (Facebook)

Create the Good

Newman's Own Foundation

HandsOn Network

Interviews Provides a personal account of a topic In person or through e-mail

Keyword vs. controlled vocabulary, boolean logic
Research Strategies Tutorial     

                         Locating Internet resources

Internet Search Engines Available

Some (hopefully) reliable approaches to finding good Web sources:
Infomine
The Internet Public Library

                              How do I cite sources using M.L.A. style?

The Citations and Plagiarism tutorial provides a good overview to citing resources. The M.L.A. Handbook for Writers of Research Papers is located on the first floor at the call number, Ref. LB 2369.G53.  Also, try the MLA Web site and the Purdue OWL. For additional help in citing sources, try KnightCite Bibliography Machine.

                              How do I acquire materials not available at NSU?

Interlibrary loan is available free of charge in which books and copies of articles can be borrowed from other libraries.  Allow approximately two weeks for interlibrary loan requests to be received.

How do I find these library resources through the Web?

Many of the resources listed above are available through the John Vaughan Library Home Page. With an NT parn Language Association Web page.






    SophiaBeverley Threatt, MLS, MA
    Instructor of Library Services
    Languages and Literature and Communication, Art, & Theatre
    Resource Coordinator
    (918) 444-3267
    threatt@nsuok.edu


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Last Updated: 08/07/2012