Fall 2021 library workshop



RECOMMENDED for today:

Create a NEW COLLECTION for items you will be trying to save today, and name it something like



More ways to improve your Zotero skills

our page and slides:


Thanks to your feedback...

what is and isn't on the agenda today:

On the agenda

BONUS material

follow the links to learn about...


Need assistance beyond a quick chat,
and have a bit of time to plan?

your subject librarian:

ZOOM office hours most Tuesdays 3-5, or by appointment


ZOOM office hours: most Tuesdays 3-5, 

OR by appointment

Webster Library, AskUs Desk: most Tuesdays 1-3 + Fridays 10-12

YOUR tips & tricks:

  • Combing through a works cited page of a relevant paper for relevant works or researchers.

  • Going to the sources of a pertinent article to read more/expand my understanding.

  • look at the citation list on the wikipedia article

  • Google Scholar's 'related articles' button, it extremely helpful and easy to use.

"Cited by" or "Cited Reference" searching

YOUR tips & tricks:

  • Keywords, Authors/Writers, sentences,

  • Using minus, quotations, or other symbols to narrow search.

  • using brackets and using 'filetype:' in Google searches

  • Ask a librarian if you don't know :)

  • Z Library and Sofia

  • Using my alumnus login for ________ to access things that Concordia doesn't have/isn't available otherwise.

search strategies

accessing stuff

Accessing resources at Concordia & beyond with Sofia

the Zotero Connector automatically
detects the Concordia Library proxy

*Zotero also helps with  access to online resources

Search for library books, ebooks, articles and films

what if the library doesn't have it ONLINE?

request a book and pick it up later....

or use the call number and locate button to find it

what if the library DOESN'T have it at all?

search for it in any library worldwide:

... and simply request it!


Duina F. Consciousness in Classical Sociological Theories.  Journal of Consciousness Studies, v. 25, no. 9-10, 2018, pp. 99–124.



TIP: go back the previous slides to see how to find and request this via Interlibrary Loans!

 still unsure or CONFUSED ?

use library article databases & google scholar to search for literature on a topic

use Sofia to search for and access items like (e)books, journals and films,  but:

Accessing items -final words of advice

Use the Sofia E-journals search or BrowZine

to find / browse: 

Canadian Review of Sociology


You need to find an online article that serves as a comprehensive guide to, or at least outlines, important & emerging sociological  or anthropological scholarship about.....

  • settler colonialism
  • public health 
  • drug policy
  • non-normative sexuality studies
  • mental health and illness
  • global comparative placemaking-
  • environmental Justice and Indigeneity
  • digital cultural capital-

  • digital anthropology

  • intersectionalities

  • gender and bodies /embodiment

  • anthropology and design

  • social epidemiology
  • anomie and strain theory

  • food insecurity and racism-

  • food and location+

  • rational suicide- / self-injury-

  • environmental sociology

  • environmental anthroplogy

  • the anthropocene

  • climate change skepticism-

  • multispecies ethnography

  • non-humans  & social interaction-

Literature Review Sources!



our page:

More lit review sources on your SOAN 820 page

for example:

  "Cited by" or Cited Reference searching


once you have found a relevant article,  use

"cited by" to find more recent related material

Findit@Concordia set-up section at  4:00 mins

Google Scholar how-to video on "cited by" searching [for SOCI 612 course]

web of science database
Scopus database
Google scholar

Questions? Comments?

 Subject-specific vs. multidisciplinary databases

I need to find articles on climate change for my essay. What difference will it make, if any, whether I search in Sofia, Google Scholar, Anthropology Plus Database, Indigenous Studies Portal or PsycINFO?

climate change in Sofia:

climate change in Google Scholar:

climate change in iPortal:

climate change in Anthropology Plus:

How can you find all these diffferent subject-specific and multidisciplinary databases?


Subject databases:

Sofia Discovery tool:







Number of search results you will get

Number of search words you should enter

use library article databases & google scholar to search for literature on a topic

use the Sofia Discovery tool to find and access known items, but not to search for literature on a topic

my advice:

use multidisciplinary library article databases & Google Scholar to broaden your search across disciplines and find connections

use subject-specific ARTICLE DATABASES like to SocINDEX or iPortal to focus your search using a disciplinary or thematic lens

After a very successful conference presentation of yours, the editors of The International Journal of Education and Social Science  invite you to submit your paper for publication.

--How should you proceed?



Open Access Journals:  

Run like the wind! That journal is not legit, and you mostly shouldn't trust journals that are pursuing you.

 Navigating Colonial
Library Terminology &

Ideological Structures:

There is a tension between finding keywords and subjects that will result in the most comprehensive search, and using respectful & appropriate terminology.


adapted from Michelle Lakes' 2019 FPST 202 slides


In the most common university library classification system (LCSH), the main subject heading for material about Indigenous peoples in Canada and the United States is Indians of North America”.


Though relevant, correct and appropriate, terms for nations such as the Kanien’kehá:ka or confederacies such as the Haudenosaunee are not common in our Sofia Discovery.


On the library shelves, most books about First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples are found in the E classification area, for History of North America”.  This represents an erasure of living peoples.



adapted from Michelle Lakes' 2019 FPST 202 slides

where books sit on the shelf matters:



Terminology: what about the subjects?

Tips for navigating these waters

“The library is always an ideological structure. It’s not just what goes into the library that matters, but how it’s organized and under which norms.”

“...The actual ‘information’ contained in libraries, and how it is organized ... somehow manages to construct a reality wherein whiteness is default, normal, civilized and everything else is Other.”  

Daniel Heath Justice, Ph.D, ACRL Choice Webinar: Indigenous Literatures, social justice and the decolonial library

nina de jesus, Locating the library in institutional oppression, In the library with the lead pipe (Sept 24, 2014)

Part of a larger ideological structure...

adapted from Michelle Lakes' 2019 FPST 202 slides

Tweet reproduced with permission from Hannah @hannajaneface


not on our agenda

  Search strategies

& keywords

example of a search in "standard"
EBSCO Article Databases

library search tips and tricks for


boolean operators, truncation, phrase searching:

 another search example in this handout:

(YouTube, 7 mins)

Developing your search strategy: VIDEO

from our Library Skills Tutorial- Search Strategies:  

Grad spaces

Grad spaces

 5th floor:

  • 4 dissertation writers’ rooms
  • Your own quiet reading room
  • Lounge, kitchenette & book shelves
  • Dedicated printer/copier/scanner

Bibliographies & Citations

Start by picking a

citation style:

Citation formatting & management good practices

For example:

What about automatic citation tools?

take your pick:

a) citation generators*
b) citation management tools*

* Make sure to  double check your generated citations - they are not always correct! Use the Library's citation style guides to make sure all the required elements of the citation are present and correctly formatted.

a) citation generators

Many library databases (for example, Sofia Discovery tool, EBSCO and ProQuest databases) and even Google Scholar, will provide you with formatted citations in the style of your choice that you can copy and paste into your bibliography, reference list or works cited list!

for more information, see our

b) citation management tools

Sometimes also called bibliographic management tools, these allow you to:

  • Download citations you find in library catalogues, databases, Google Scholar, and on the web.
  • Store and organize citations, and prepare a bibliography or reference list automatically.
  • Automatically format and insert in-text citations and a bibliography into papers you are writing with Microsoft Word, for example.

There are several citation management tools available. Concordia Library provides support for    Zotero,    ...........

Bibliographic Management & Zotero

Once those two steps are completed and everything is installed, go to your favourite library database or to Google Scholar, and search for articles on a topic.


At the top right corner of your browser  you should see an indication that the Zotero connector is installed:

If you don't see the folder icon (or an icon that looks like a sheet of paper or a book) click on the extensions icon (looks like a puzzle piece) and make sure that Zotero is PINNED.  It will turn blue.

To save items to you Zotero library of citations, click on the folder icon (or paper or book  icon  if you are looking at only one citation)

By default ZOTERO tries to save items to your Zotero library in the desktop software you installed.

Zotero desktop library:

Once citations are saved in your Zotero library you can create a bibliography:

  1. select the items you want to include
  2. select Create Bibliography from items
  3. select a citation style
  4. copy-paste the citations into your Word document

...OR you can insert citations and a bibliography directly into documents via your word processing software:


Zotero info on our library web site:

Zotero library worshops:

Research Data Management

part of our RESEARCH SUPPORT offerings & guides

Sociology and Anthropology Professional Development Seminar - MA students

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