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HIST 2P75

Library Workshop

Me, your librarian

Finding and evaluating information

John Dingle

Help with....

Refining a research topic

Managing and citing sources

  • 2000-2500 words
  • 8+ sources
    • Book, journal article, primary source
    • Be judicious in the use of web resources

Research Paper

  • Library search tools
  • Search strategy and techniques
  • Primary sources
  • Evaluating and navigating web resources
  • Managing your sources

Today:

Library Search Tools

Broadest search

 

Get to know the filters

 

Ask Button for help

Books and ebooks

 

Good way to find related books

 

Subject-specific search engines

History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Journal articles

Books

Book chapters

Dissertations

Conferences

Coverage: all time periods

Limited to:

2 simultaneous users

Other Databases

  • Historical Abstracts
    • world history
  • America: History and Life
    • history of North America
  • JSTOR
    • multidisciplinary
  • Early English Books Online (EEBO)
    • digitized printed works from 1473 - 1700
  • ARTStor
    • digitized images

Activity

Start at the library homepage: brocku.ca/library

 

Get to the list of all the "History" databases

 

Identify at least 1 more database that is relevant to this course

Search Strategy

1. Search techniques and keywords

2. Finding related items with subject headings

 

Activity

Go to JSTOR (hint: it's a "database")

With a partner, compare the results of each pair of searches.

Which returns more results? Can you explain the difference?

 

1. middle ages VS "middle ages"

2. islam VS islam*

3. indigenous OR native VS indigenous AND native

Techniques

  1. Use quotation marks for phrase searches:  “early modern”
  2. Use truncation for variant word endings: arab* retrieves arab, arabs, arabic, arabian

  3. Use OR for synonyms:  indigenous OR native

  4. Use AND to combine two different concepts:  slaves AND missionaries

 

Subject Headings

Subject headings are a powerful way to find related items 

Primary sources

  • Published collections

 

  • Primary source databases

Primary sources

Add one of the following terms to your search in SuperSearch or the catalogue. They work best when you add them to a "subject" box:

  • personal narratives
  • sources ***
  • diaries
  • letters
  • correspondence
  • interviews

Primary sources

Primary Source Databases

Activity

Go to EEBO

 

Find this book: Edward Topsell, The history of four-footed beasts and serpents… 

 

Find an animal mentioned in Topsell

 

Find another book which mentions the same animal published AFTER Topsell's book

Break

Please be back in 10 minutes

Evaluating Websites

Purpose

Why does this resource exist?

Authority

Who wrote/produced/published it?

Currency

How current is it?

Evidence

Are the author’s claims supported by evidence?

Based on York University SPARK handout: yorku.ca/spark/books_journals_more/PARCA%20Test_Final.pdf

 

Evaluating Websites - samples

Activity

Download the website evaluation activity here:

bit.ly/2Sd9POj

 

Complete individually, then compare with a partner. Discuss any differences in your analysis.

Navigating Websites

  • Look for navigation cues - edges of screen
  • Search on large pages - CTRL-F, Command-F
  • Be flexible
  • Use the browser URL, especially for older sites

Activity

Follow the instructions for your group here:

1 - bit.ly/2RqQzsk

2 - bit.ly/2RTwvnl

3 - bit.ly/2CL0zac

Be prepared to demonstrate your process in front of the class.

Managing your sources

Zotero

  • Add sources as you find them
  • Store, organize, take notes on them
  • Generate and format citations in Chicago style

Research Guide

Research Help

Thank you!

Questions?

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