Me, your librarian
Finding and evaluating information
Refining a research topic
Managing and citing sources
Library Search Tools
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
Coverage: all time periods
2 simultaneous users
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
1. Search techniques and keywords
2. Finding related items with subject headings
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
Use truncation for variant word endings: arab* retrieves arab, arabs, arabic, arabian
Use OR for synonyms: indigenous OR native
Use AND to combine two different concepts: slaves AND missionaries
Subject headings are a powerful way to find related items
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:
Primary Source Databases
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
Please be back in 10 minutes
Why does this resource exist?
Who wrote/produced/published it?
How current is it?
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
Download the website evaluation activity here:
Complete individually, then compare with a partner. Discuss any differences in your analysis.
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