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Title: Anglais 101: Research in the Library and Online


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Anglais 101 Research in the Library and Online
  • Kim Frail, Katrine Mallan, Diane Delongchamp
  • Fall 2006

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Outline
  • Getting started with research
  • Books vs. periodicals
  • Searching databases
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Accessing periodical articles online/in print
  • Become familiar with the English Language and
    Literature research guide
  • Locate MLA International Bibliography
  • Locate MLA Style Guides
  • Locate online dictionaries and encyclopedia
  • Recap

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Objectives
  • Understand what information is available from the
    library catalogue and from databases
  • Understand how to access articles online and in
    print
  • Locate and become familiar with the English
    Language and Literature resource guide
  • Understand how to search for and retrieve
    articles from MLA International Bibliography

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Books
  • Books are a good place to start if the person is
    well known (Margaret Atwood or Shakespeare)
  • The bibliographies within books on your topic
    provide references to other books and articles.

(NEOS Libraries) Catalogue
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For works or critiques about the author, search
the author as a subject
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Find books about both an author and a specific
topic
  • Type an authors name and a topical term, joining
    these with and
  • shakespeare and women
  • henry james and aesthetics
  • mary shelley and (science or medicine)

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Periodical Articles
  • Periodical articles are a good starting
    point if
  • An authors reputation is recent or local
  • You are looking for something very specific
  • (e.g. The Sophoclean view of fate as represented
    in Oedipus Rex)

Search databases to find periodicals on a
specific topic
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What is a periodical?
  • Periodical
  • Published on an ongoing, regular basis
  • Also known as journals
  • Magazines, journals, newspapers
  • Formats
  • electronic,
  • paper
  • microformat

Periodicals may be scholarly or of general
interest. Select carefully.
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Locating print periodicals (BSJ)
  • Most located in general collection, bound and
    interfiled with books by call number
  • Current Issues
  • Some shelved separately in north-west corner of
    library
  • Organized alphabetically by title

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Citation
  • The written reference to a periodical article
  • The information you need to
  • find the article
  • include in a list of sources used
  • (e.g. bibliography)

Keep your citations!
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Citation example
Article title
Periodical title
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Finding Periodicals in the Library
  • When all you have is a citation
  • Search the NEOS Libraries Catalogue
  • Search by Periodical title

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Search the Catalogue for the periodical title
Victorian Literature and Culture Does the
Library have Vol. 24 (1996)?
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VLC is available from 1999-present online. Scroll
down to see the print holdings.
Vol 24, 1996 is available at The Rutherford
(Humanities Social Sciences) Library .
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Part 2 - Databases
  • Identify articles for your research in databases
  • DBs may be subject specific (MLA International
    Bibliography) or have broad coverage (Academic
    Search Premier)
  • May include citations, or full text, or a mix
  • There are hundreds of databases (600)
  • Databases are organized in different ways, so
  • You should adapt your search techniques to each
    database
  • HELP information is always available

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Part 2 - Databases
  • Identify articles for your research in databases
  • DBs may be subject specific (MLA International
    Bibliography) or have broad coverage (Academic
    Search Premier)
  • May include citations, or full text, or a mix
  • There are hundreds of databases (600)
  • Databases are organized in different ways, so
  • You should adapt your search techniques to each
    database
  • HELP information is always available

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MLA International Bibliography
  • Modern Language Association
  • The primary source for research articles in
    literature and language
  • Citations to journal articles, books, and
    chapters in books
  • Links to full-text articles
  • International in scope very scholarly
  • 1963 present

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Finding MLA from the library home page
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Finding MLA from the library home page
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English Language Literature Subject Guide
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MLA search tips
Truncation symbol symbol, symbols, symbolism, symbolist, symbolists,
Wildcard ? wom?n woman or women
Phrase searching     female gothic novel  Female gothic novel
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MLA toolsNames as Subjects
  • the best way to search for articles about an
    author
  • Sometimes more than one author may share the same
    name

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View the complete reference
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Complete reference
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Add records to your folder
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Print, email or save your results
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Access the full-text article
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Help and additional search tips are available
from the database  help  menu
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English Language Literature Subject Guide
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Locate online dictionaries and encyclopedia
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MLA Citation Style
  • The standard  style  in English literature for
    citing (acknowledging) the articles and books
    used to write your paper
  • Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of
    Research Papers. 6th edition. New York The
    Modern Language Association of America, 2003.
  • Call number LB 2369 G52 (Reference General
    Collection)
  • Learn it, love it.
  • More help with MLA citation is available from La
    Central

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Locate MLA Style Guides
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Recap
  • search the (NEOS Libraries) Catalogue to find
    books and periodical titles
  • search databases to find articles
  • esp. MLA International Bibliography for articles
    in English Literature
  • use the English Language and Literature subject
    guide to remember useful databases and find more
    specialized research guides, online dictionaries
    and encyclopedias
  • MLA Style Sheet is the official way to cite
    articles and books used in your papers

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Recap Catalogue vs. Databases
  • Library Catalogue
  • Search for books by title, author or subject
  • Search for periodical titles by title or subject
  • Access the title and call number of the book or
    periodical
  • Databases
  • Search for articles about a topic
  • Access the citation or the full text of articles

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Rememberresearch help is available!
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  • Thank you for your attention.
  • Happy Searching!
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