Want to make better use of your library time via advanced search techniques?
Come by one of our 1-hour Research Clinics where we'll focus on one specific topic to get you the personalized research help you need. Stay for a few minutes or stay for the whole hour — it's up to you! All of the clinics will be held throughout the month of November, Mondays through Thursdays in the afternoon and evenings. Please note that you must register for the sessions at least 24 hours before the session is scheduled to begin.
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Have you ever sat down in front of a computer and spent half an hour searching a database for a needed article on your topic and couldn't find what you were looking for? Well, if this has ever happened to you, this is the clinic for you! The clinic will include a number of time saving tips to help you narrow down your searches in a more effective manner — Come join me and let me show you how to save yourself time when you are doing library research.
Do you surf the web for research material? Are you uncertain of the quality of the material you find? Are you frustrated at sifting through page after page of useless results? If your answer is yes to any of these questions and you want to learn more effective methods of finding and evaluating information on the Internet, then this research clinic is for you.
Science Direct, Web of Science, BioOne, and BioMed Central – some of the heavy hitters in the science database world! While all a bit different from each other in focus and scope, they have a number of similarities that makes becoming a searching expert in them a breeze! After this one hour clinic you’ll be able to use limiters, save citations, set up search alerts, and use all of the other powerful tools that these databases offer up to those in the know.
DOI numbers, italics, multiple authors, direct quotes – find APA style confusing? No worries! This workshop will demystify the confusion and focus on formatting citations for books, articles, and electronic sources and will include hands on practice. We will discuss in-text citation and how to create a reference page. You can even bring a paper you’re currently working on!
ARTstor is a digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. This research clinic provides an introductory overview of the database.
Blackwell Library has access to numerous databases. How do you choose one to start with? Come learn which databases are best for finding articles and which are recommended for industry research, company information, financial data, or whatever your research need may be! Did you know some databases allow you to build reports, export data, or generate tables/graphs for certain information? Gain tips for searching, saving, and citing. Spend a little time at this session and save a lot of time with research in the long run!
With over 700 undergraduates, three masters programs, two post-baccalaureate certificates and a doctoral program on the horizon, Education students make up a large portion of the student body and have a real need for reliable research materials. Our Education databases fill this need in a big way. Sign up for this research clinic where we will explore the Library's core Education databases, and more...
EndNote Web is a slightly less powerful, yet web-based version of the ever-popular End Note citation software. As part of our database access to Web of Science, all students and faculty at SU have access to EndNote Web, yet not many are aware of its power or abilities. Spend an hour getting to know the basics of this online citation powerhouse, and see what help it can provide you in managing and even taming your ever-growing list of references.
People often overlook government information when they are looking for resources to enhance their research. But does this make sense? Not really! The federal and state governments put out information (much of it statistical) on just about any topic you can imagine. The range is vast going from population, econcomic and health statistics to safety specifications for children's toys. From country profiles to guides on how to stop smoking. You name it...there is probably a government publication on your topic. This workshop will get you started on the path to finding these often useful resources.
This clinic introduces search techniques for the databases CINAHL (Nursing & Allied Health Literature), Nursing & Allied Health Source, and MEDLINE with Full Text. The literature search process for finding research studies and professional literature in these databases will be demonstrated.
JSTOR is one of our more unique databases - created by academics for academics it is easy to search and contains over 1,000 leading scholarly journals across the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences. All of these titles include the entire run of pubished issues back to Volume 1, Issue 1 - specifically making this a unique and invaluable resource for historians. Drop by to learn the inner workings of JSTOR, plus a few extra tips and tricks to guarantee that you get the best the database has to offer each and every time you search it!
How are you currently using social media and social networking sites? To stay connected? To build your personal brand or to job hunt? To promote a business or organization? For news or market research? Social media and social networking sites can be used in MULTIPLE ways! Come check out some resources Blackwell Library has to offer on the topic, including new books, how to search databases for articles related to social media, key Internet sources and more!
Zotero is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension that helps you collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work, in the web browser itself. SU has adopted Zotero as one of two such programs, so sign up for this research clinic to learn more.