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  1. 1. Accessing Information Resources at Central Methodist University A guide for distance learners
  2. 2. What do I need to do to find Quality Information? <ul><li>Overview: What is the “Big Picture” </li></ul><ul><li>Identify your topic and keywords </li></ul><ul><li>Decide what resources you need </li></ul><ul><li>Gather your resources, check credibility </li></ul><ul><li>Reject any duds, refine search if needed </li></ul>
  3. 3. Overview: The Big Picture <ul><li>What kind of paper are you writing? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Case study, compare/contrast, lit review, position </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How many resources do you need? </li></ul><ul><li>What kind of sources can you use? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Print, web, articles, scholarly, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What is your timeframe for writing the paper? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Identify Topics and Keywords <ul><li>Write down your topic </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the main concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Write down synonyms for your search terms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: You want to write about how juvenile offenders are punished. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Make a List of Main Concepts and Additional Terms To Describe Your Topic Law OR Punishment Offenders OR Criminals Juveniles OR Adolescents OR Teenagers Concept 3 AND Concept 2 AND Concept 1 Topic Chart
  6. 6. Boolean Connectors <ul><li>The Or Connector Tells The Computer To Retrieve Items With Either Term.  </li></ul>Example:  Gets articles with (teenagers or juveniles or adolescents) The And Connector Tells The Computer To Retrieve Items With Both Terms.  Example: Gets articles with both law and punishment.
  7. 7. What kind of resources do you need? <ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check the Quest and Mobius Catalogs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Articles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check the databases </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Web Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the links available on the library webpage </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Finding Books <ul><li>The library has two catalogs for books on its web page </li></ul><ul><ul><li>QUEST: This smaller catalog is for our cluster and contains items from CMU, UCM, MO Valley, and SFCC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MOBIUS: This larger catalog contains items from libraries all over the state </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Both catalogs are linked off the “Catalogs and Databases” web page. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Library link CMU webpage
  10. 11. Click here to search Or use the Quick Links
  11. 12. Use these to find books
  12. 13. Type your search terms here
  13. 14. These are the search results
  14. 15. Enter search terms here
  15. 17. Click here to request an item
  16. 18. Choose your Cluster (we are QUEST)
  17. 19. Enter your name and ID number plus CMU Choose your pickup cluster & location.You can choose any MOBIUS library Click submit. You will get an email when the book has arrived
  18. 20. Finding Articles <ul><li>Databases are services the library subscribes to, in order to provide access to quality information </li></ul><ul><li>They are not the same as web pages or web resources </li></ul><ul><li>The biggest general database we have is Academic Search Premier, under EBSCOhost </li></ul>
  19. 21. Scroll down for databases
  20. 22. Click any of these links to reach a specific databases
  21. 23. Click on any of these links to access the database Choose this option
  22. 24. Choose the database(s) you want to use and hit continue
  23. 25. Enter your search terms Or choose “advanced search”
  24. 26. Advanced search lets you choose more terms and options
  25. 27. You can also limit your search to “full-text” or to scholarly journals
  26. 28. These are all the results
  27. 29. Narrow to scholarly resources by clicking “Academic Journals
  28. 30. The yellow column contains related subjects. Click to add them to your search
  29. 31. If you click on a result, it will look like this. Some articles are full-text. Click the link to see the whole article
  30. 32. You can also click on these subject terms to find more results
  31. 33. Stuck? Click here to ask a question
  32. 34. Your can also use the visual search to browse for items similar to your topic
  33. 35. Finding Web Resources <ul><li>Go to the Library Webpage </li></ul><ul><li>Click on “Web Resources” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The links included are safe to use for research papers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They are organized by subject area </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If you find results using Google, evaluate the web site carefully </li></ul>
  34. 36. Click here for “Web Resources”
  35. 38. Click any of the links
  36. 39. Interlibrary Loan <ul><li>If you find a citation for a book or article and its not in MOBIUS, QUEST, or full-text in the databases, you can request it through our Interlibrary Loan form </li></ul><ul><li>Interlibrary Loan searches libraries all over the world to get the materials you need. </li></ul><ul><li>Just click on the “Interlibrary Loan” web page </li></ul>
  37. 40. Click here for Interlibrary Loan
  38. 41. Scroll Down to the form
  39. 42. Fill in all the blanks as completely as you can Hit Submit
  40. 43. In conclusion <ul><li>Identify your search topic and terms </li></ul><ul><li>Look in the QUEST and MOBIUS Catalogs for books </li></ul><ul><li>Look in the databases for articles </li></ul><ul><li>Can’t get it? Interlibrary Loan </li></ul><ul><li>Questions or Problems? Ask Us! </li></ul>
  41. 44. Contact Information <ul><li>Cynthia Dudenhoffer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>660-248-6292 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Smiley Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>660-248-6271 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Webpage </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>