bibliographic instruction observation, fall 2008

October 19, 2008 at 7:36 pm Leave a comment

  • Introduction; contact info
  • How to get to library Web site
  • MaconCat
    • “What might you find in a library catalog?”
    • Example broad search (steroids and doping); what’s a keyword
    • “What order are these results in?”
    • “Where are these located? Where are the ‘stacks’? What does that mean?”
    • “Does anyone know what this number is?” (LC)
    • “You’ve heard of Dewey Decimal numbers, right? Well, we use LC.”
    • Questions so far?
    • Click on records
      • “Does anyone know what these are?” (subject terms) à these are the right words to use when searching – like grocery stores: “soda,” “beverages”
      • Picking subject headings and using “OR”
    • “What’s an anthology?” à doesn’t list an individual author
      • “What does an editor do?”
      • “Why aren’t individual articles entered into the catalog?”
        • Time has 40-50 articles a week; that’s a lot of work
  • We have databases because we subscribe to less than 500 print periodicals; some are specialized
    • Academic Search Complete
      • What full-text is; current
    • Go back to original search terms à brainstorm
      • Sports à athlete
      • Steroids à doping
    • Database search: doping or drug* or steroid*
      • AND sport* or athlet*
      • “What does this * mean?”
    • In my academic search, I like to be specific
      • Click on search topics in left-hand menu, source types
      • Focus on academic journals and magazines; what are the differences
        • Can go by a number of different names: academic/scholarly journals
  • Passes out academic and popular magazines to EACH student
    • Hold up the popular one: “What are the differences? It’s okay to be superficial; we’re going on appearances”
    • SCHOLARLY
      • peer-reviewed
      • few ads
      • old and new info studies
      • research with bibliography, footnotes
      • open up and take a look at who’s writing: authors are professors/scholars
      • peer-reviewed
      • professors are audience
      • jargon
    • POPULAR
      • Lots of pictures and in color
      • Ads
      • Audience: everyone
      • Topic: gossip, current events, human interest
      • Who’s writing: journalists
        • How do they know what to write about?
    • “How do writers know what to write about?”
      • Journalists are paid; authors/editors/peer-reviewers are not paid
    • “Based on the term peer-reviewed, what do you think that means?”
      • what peer-review process is like
    • Database filters work well but aren’t perfect; academic journals publish editorials; check for bibliography
  • Sort by…
    • Articles in full-text
      • “What’s this section in bold? An abstract, what is that?”
    • What do I do if an article isn’t full-text?”
      • Search Journals A-Z link
      • Look at dates in search results for A-Z; do we have?
        • We might have physical copies or in another database
        • Journals have to stay in the library but we have a copier
        • If 0 records were retrieved in Journals A-Z, use ILL
    • Resources by Subject
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