College Research
Survival Skills
Melinda Townsel
Linda Clement
Adrian Erb
Welcome everyone!
We’re librarians from
ACC’s Cypress Creek
Campus.
Let’s get started by
answering a couple of
questions using
iClickers.
How many visits did all
college libraries in the
U.S. receive in 2004?
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
50 million
100 million
500 million
1 billion
2 billion
http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/ors/statsab
outlib/academiclibraries.cfm
How many items were
checked out from college
libraries in 2006?
10 million
B. 25 million
C. 50 million
D. 75 million
E. 145 million
A.
http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2008/2008337.pdf
Top 10 Things You
Should Know…
…about college and university libraries!
1. You will need to use
the library!
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Study
Research
Read
Course reserves
CDs
DVDs
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WIFI / internet
Laptop checkout
Library website
 Premium databases
 Online encyclopedias
 Research tutorials
…and of course, librarians!
We are your personal research assistants.
2. College libraries organize
their materials differently.
Dewey Decimal System
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K – 12 & public libraries
Library of Congress
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College/University libraries
Dewey Decimal System
• 000-099 General Knowledge
• 100-199 Psychology & Philosophy
• 200-299 Religions & Mythology
• 300-399 Social Sciences & Folklore
• 400-499 Languages & Grammar
• 500-599 Math & Science
• 600-699 Medicine & Technology
• 700-799 Arts & Entertainment
• 800-899 Literature
• 900-999 History & Geography
Library of Congress
• A – General Works
• B – Philosophy, Psychology, & Religion
• C – General History
• D – European, Asian, African History
• E – U.S. History
• F – History of the Americas
• G – Geography, Anthropology,
• H – Social Sciences
• J – Political Science
• K – Law
• L – Education
• M – Music
• N – Art, Architecture
• P – Language & Literature
• Q – Science
• R – Medicine
• S – Agriculture
• T - Technology
• U-V – Military Science
• Z – Library Science
Dewey vs. LC
Dewey Decimal System
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300s – social sciences
Call number:
363
.70525
FR
Library of Congress System
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GE – environmental sciences
Call number:
GE
197
.F75
2008
Have you ever been to a library
that uses Library of Congress
Classification?
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
Yes, many times
Yes, a few times
Yes, once
No
I don’t know
3. Librarians are really,
really helpful.
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Especially the reference kind
Contact us through
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Phone
Chat/IM
Email
or in person
4. Don’t Procrastinate!
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It’s a common freshman mistake to underestimate
how much time it will take to complete a college
assignment.
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Manage your time wisely
Don’t get overwhelmed
Don’t miss the first day of class
Ask for help
5. Strategize.
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Don’t just jump into research.
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Narrow/Expand your thesis
Think of keywords
Find appropriate resources
Be flexible
search
terms
book
journal
topic
magazine
6. Choose the right
resources.
Background info → specific info → opinions
so…
Encyclopedias/reference → articles/books/websites
Great resources
include…
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Reference materials (print and online)
Books and e-books
Periodicals (scholarly journals & magazines)
Internet sources (wide variety of content)
7. Not everything is freely
available on the internet.
Everything’s on
right?
Well, no. There’s a whole “invisible Web” out there.
Gill, Paul. (n.d.) The layers of the web. Retrieved May 13,2009, from
http://netforbeginners.about.com/cs/invisibleweb/a/web_four_layers_3.htm
Limitations of the Web
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No standard subject headings / vocabulary
No quality control
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Anyone can, and will, publish anything
Web pages often disappear
But it’s not all bad!
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Most gov’t data is
published online
Lots of business info
Blogs can be great
sources of opinion
8. College libraries have
amazing databases.
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Articles from peer-reviewed journals
Online graphic and image collections
E-books by the tens of thousands
Accessible from the library’s website from anywhere
with an internet connection.
http://library.austincc.edu
www.lib.utexas.edu
http://cphs.leander.isd.tenet.edu/library
9. Evaluate everything.
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(Who wrote it? Are they qualified?)
(What’s their point of view?)
(What’s the goal? For whom is it intended?)
(References? Errors?)
(How old is it? Dead links?)
Peer-reviewed journals
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An example of a peer-reviewed journal is:
A. National Enquirer
B. People Magazine
C. Journal of Abnormal Psychology
D. Wall Street Journal
E. None of the above
10. We’re living in the
information age.
Citizens of the 21st century must be information literate:
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identify an information need
find, collect, organize, evaluate and use the information
Did you know?
One copy of today’s New York Times holds more
information than a person living in England during the
1600s would see during their lifetime.1
Currently, information doubles every 5 years; by the
year 2020, it is estimated that information will double
every 17 days.2
We all must become lifelong learners.
1 Wurman,
2Jerome,
R., Leifer, L., Sume, D., & Whitehouse, K. (2001). Information Anxiety 2. Indianapolis: Que.
L. W., DeLeon, P.H., James, L.C., Folen, R., Earles, J., & Gedney, J.J. (2000). The coming of age of telecommunications in
psychological research and practice. American Psychologist, 55(4), 407-421.
In conclusion…
Congratulations!
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Get going!
Get help!
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