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A Library Instruction session for graduate students in French Studies

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  1. 1. Library Research for French Studies Graduate Students Christy Sich, French Studies Librarian Marni Harrington, Linguistics Librarian October 28 th , 2008
  2. 2. Christy’s Literary Anecdote
  3. 3. Everything you ever wanted to know about the library…
  4. 4. Learning Outcomes <ul><li>Develop Effective Search Strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Locate appropriate French Studies Research Tools: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reference Works </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Indexes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Databases </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Request library materials beyond the library </li></ul><ul><li>Organize your research with a nifty web tool </li></ul>
  5. 5. Searching Overview Refine or expand the search. Define the question. Analyze the concepts. Create a logical search strategy using the available tools. Run the search & view the results.
  6. 6. Types of Reference Tools <ul><li>Reference books are located on the main floor in Weldon library </li></ul><ul><li>These include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>dictionaries (both language & biographical) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>encyclopaedias </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>handbooks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>plot summaries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>bibliographies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>indexes </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Literature Criticism Online <ul><li>Contemporary Literary Criticism </li></ul><ul><li>Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism </li></ul><ul><li>Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism </li></ul><ul><li>Literature Criticism from 1400–1800 </li></ul><ul><li>Shakespearean Criticism </li></ul><ul><li>Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism </li></ul><ul><li>Poetry Criticism </li></ul><ul><li>Short Story Criticism </li></ul><ul><li>Drama Criticism </li></ul><ul><li>Children's Literature Review </li></ul>Enough volumes to fill 230 feet of shelf space!
  8. 8. Literature Criticism Online If off-campus, connect here first
  9. 13. 46 pages!
  10. 16. Bibliographies <ul><li>Locating a key bibliography is a great way to get started. You can find bibliographies in the library catalogue, as well as some databases. </li></ul><ul><li>Keyword search: clézio AND bibliography OR </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced search: clézio AND s:bibliography [subject search] </li></ul>
  11. 17. Defining Your Topic French writer, J.M.G Le Clézio recently won the nobel prize for literature…I think I will write about him…
  12. 18. Creating a Search Chart (class discussion) “ Mobility & Identity in the works of J.M.G. Le Clézio” …that sounds like a good topic
  13. 19. Christy’s Search Chart
  14. 20. Your Turn (5 min) <ul><li>Identify keywords in your topic and create a quick search chart. </li></ul><ul><li>Look up your author in Literature Criticism Online OR locate a key bibliography in the catalogue. </li></ul>For your topic:
  15. 21. Boolean Operators in Databases <ul><li>Inventor of Boolean algebra </li></ul><ul><li>Boolean operators: AND, OR, NOT </li></ul><ul><li>You can use these in databases such as MLA International Bibliography, Google, and the library catalogue </li></ul>
  16. 22. The Mighty MLA <ul><li>Contains over 1.7 million records that pertain specifically to language and literature. </li></ul><ul><li>Includes publications not available on the Web. </li></ul><ul><li>Professional indexing staff and scholars </li></ul><ul><li>Materials covered come from reputable publishers in over one hundred countries. </li></ul><ul><li>Indexers use controlled vocabulary as subject headings </li></ul><ul><li>MLA Help for users: Mondays through Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at [email_address] or 646 576-5053. </li></ul>Why is searching the MLA International Bibliography better than searching Google ? Source: Modern Language Association. “About the Database.&quot; 2005. September 16, 2008 <http://www.mla.org/publications/bibliography/howtouse_mlabiblio/about_the_database#why>. But contact Christy first! (that’s what they pay her for).
  17. 23. Access MLA (live)
  18. 24. Searching MLA (live)
  19. 25. Hmm…3 results is not many…maybe I should broaden my results
  20. 26. Ah, 211 is more promising… How do I get this article?
  21. 27. Your Turn (8 min) <ul><li>Try a keyword search in MLA </li></ul><ul><li>Depending on your results, try adding or removing keywords from the search </li></ul><ul><li>Are there any appropriate DESCRIPTOR terms that you should jot down? </li></ul><ul><li>Record at least one interesting citation (we will use this citation later) </li></ul>
  22. 28. Key Databases <ul><li>Dissertation Abstracts Online </li></ul><ul><li>Web of Science </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Arts & Humanities Citation Index </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Science Citation Index </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Repére (French database) </li></ul><ul><li>Érudit (Full text French database) </li></ul>
  23. 29. Tracking Research Forwards & Backwards This is a good article… I should check the references…
  24. 30. Web of Science This looks perfect!
  25. 32. 8 possible references
  26. 34. Your Turn (4 min) <ul><li>Using the citation you found in MLA, do a Cited Ref Search in Web of Science to see if this author has been cited – how many times? </li></ul>
  27. 35. Érudit <ul><li>Digital Publishing Site (1998) </li></ul><ul><li>Joint effort of UdeM, Laval, & UQAM </li></ul><ul><li>Multilingual search interface </li></ul><ul><li>Indexes 4 types of Canadian documents: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Journals, ebooks, theses & documents </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Database contains full text of 67 journals </li></ul><ul><li>Option to search Persée </li></ul>
  28. 36. Érudit
  29. 37. Érudit
  30. 38. Other Great Databases <ul><li>Arts & Humanities Citation Index </li></ul><ul><li>Humanities Abstracts </li></ul><ul><li>Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts </li></ul><ul><li>Bibliography of the History of Art </li></ul><ul><li>Philosopher’s Index </li></ul><ul><li>ITER </li></ul><ul><li>Historical Abstracts </li></ul><ul><li>America: History & Life (includes Canadian content) </li></ul><ul><li>Google Scholar </li></ul>
  31. 39. Key Indexes NOT online yet
  32. 40. The Klapp DBW Reference Z2171 .B56
  33. 41. And now for a little more mathematics…
  34. 42. 29 references on Le Cl ézio in 1997 volume 10 references duplicated in MLA 29 – 10 = 19 19 x 10yrs = 190 That is an estimated additional 190 articles on Le Clézio not indexed by MLA…
  35. 43. Trusty Library Catalogue
  36. 44. Trusty Library Catalogue Western’s collection is really great, but what if I find a book in MLA that Western doesn’t have?
  37. 45. Accessing External Collections <ul><li>The library will track down material for you that we don’t have in our own collection </li></ul><ul><li>The service is called Interlibrary loans Service & RACER </li></ul>
  38. 46. Accessing External Collections
  39. 47. RefWorks Login or create an account
  40. 54. Refworks (4 min) <ul><li>Create a RefWorks account </li></ul><ul><li>Use your UWO EMAIL address ie) [email_address] when creating an account </li></ul><ul><li>You will be issued a “group code” via email that will allow you to access RefWorks from off campus. </li></ul>
  41. 55. Questions on the Board
  42. 56. Any other Questions? Thanks for coming 