Blackwell Library

 

Holloway Hall

CMAT234- Research Guide

Getting Help

Hi, I'm Krista Knapp, your friendly research/instructional librarian, and I'm here to help you! The best way to get ahold of me is probably email: kmknapp@salisbury.edu.

My office number is Blackwell Library 128.  It's best to make an appointment before dropping by.

You can visit the Research Services Desk for help most days between 10am and 10pm.  You can also reach us virtually by sending an instant message.

You can also get help 24 hours a day/7 days a week through the Maryland AskUsNow chat reference service:  http://askusnow.info/

Finding Books and Background Info

Find books in Blackwell Library using our online library catalog.  Books in our library are arranged using Library of Congress Classification.  The books you can check out are located on the second floor of the library.  If you ever have trouble finding a book you want, PLEASE ask for help at the Research Desk!

Books from other USMAI Libraries

You can also borrow books from any of the USMAI affiliations by selecting the "choose campus" link at the top of the catalog page and then selecting "USMAI All Campuses."  When you find a book you want that is not in Blackwell, click the "request" button and use your ID number to login.  You can have the book delivered to Blackwell within 3 or 4 days.  Watch this tutorial to see the process!

 

Finding Articles

Ask yourself if you need scholarly sources or popular sources for your assignment.  Many times, your professor will insist on scholarly sources.  What does that mean?  Find out using this handy-dandy chart.

Note: If you are off campus, you will be prompted to log in with the 14 digit barcode on the back of your Gull Card.

  • Academic Search Complete - a multidisciplinary database containing both scholarly and popular sources, many of which have full-text available.  ASP is a good place to start your research.  Use the FindIt button to locate articles that are not available full-text.
     
  • Business Source Premier - Full text coverage in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics.
     
  • Communication & Mass Media Complete - our new database for Communication and Media studies!  An EBSCO database like Academic Search Complete, you will find both scholarly, popular and trade sources as well as full text and citations.
     
  • Lexis-Nexis Academic - a great source for full-text world news and legal information.
     
  • National Newspapers - a source of U.S. news from major papers including The New York Times and The Washington Post
     

Pay close attention to the keywords you use to search!  Here are some tips:

  • Avoid long phrases and articles/prepositions
  • Separate terms into multiple search boxes
  • Brainstorm synonyms for your terms
  • Keep it simple!

 

Find It Button

  WHAT DOES THAT CUTE LITTLE FIND IT BUTTON DO, ANYWAY?

It's a bit like magic, really.  The Find It button does three things:

  • Looks in all of our databases to see if the document you want is available full-text in another of our databases.  If so, it links you to it!

  • Links you to the library catalog when we have the item you want in print or microform.

  • Links you to ILLiad (interlibrary loan) so you can borrow the item from another library if we don't have access electronically or in print.

The Find It Button is YOUR FRIEND!!! 

This tutorial lets you see the FIND IT BUTTON in action!

AND, this tutorial gives you a little insight about Interlibrary Loan!

Websites

Always make sure that internet resources are appropriate for your project.  Look at the criteria listed on this websiteIf you have questions about the appropriateness of a website, please check with your professor or a librarian.

Some potentially useful websites for data and statistics:

Citing your Work

Plagiarism is not cool.  Of course you want to make sure you give proper credit to any source that you use to write your papers, whether you directly quote or paraphrase. 
This guide
helps students understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it:

This guide should help you cite your work.  I also have a fondness for the Online Writing Lab from Purdue University.


 
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