Welcome to the library research guide for EDUB 7124!
How this guide is structured:
I recommend starting on this page and then moving on to the page for your role in the group, referring back as needed.
To use these library research methods, begin on the Libraries website.
How to search for books, when you already know the title:
Please note: When searching for children's books and other teaching materials, pay particular attention to the Location. In the video above, this is mentioned briefly at around 0:43. In that example, there is a location that says Second Floor. You are more likely to find one of the 4 following locations:
Take a look at our Borrowing information, including how long you can borrow books for. Please look closely at the Recall section!
How to find a book by its call number:
Please note that when writing down call numbers of books, it's important to also write down the location. It's also very helpful to click Map It! and write down the shelf # as well.
When you are finished using a book that you will not be borrowing please find an empty red or orange shelf to place the items on.
We often recommend starting on the library's homepage for a basic search. (Please note, the search interface has been updated since this video was created, so it does look a little different, but functions in the same way.)
For more in-depth research in Education, use ERIC, the primary database for Education. Again, the search functions in much the same way.
How to access the full-text of an article. Please note that although this video shows how to access full-text through the "One Stop Search" on the library website, this is the same method that would be used in other databases, like ERIC.
Quick reference on APA style citations and references
'Keywords' are the words that you type into a search bar, and they are among the most important parts of fidning the information you need.
So how do you decide what words to search?
Try to boil down your topic to its most important concepts, and only search those words. Do not enter full sentences or phrases. I recommend starting broad and narrowing down as you go.
Optional. This will be of more use to you as you go, rather than from the beginning, but should be of use in all roles in this assignment.
In some of the sample searches provided in this guide, you'll see a number of symbols and words used in potentially unfamiliar ways (eg 'OR'; '*'). To learn why, how, and when to use the symbols, check out these short tutorial videos: