I admit that with all the excitement and action of the Fall Semester that I have not been posting as many research tips as I would like. Look for more frequent tips in the future!
As many of you seem to be digging into your research now and developing your bibliographies, it is a great time to make use of RefWorks! RefWorks is a bibliographic management system that enables you to store, search, organize, and format your references. By using RefWorks you can easily format selected references in MLA or APA format (+ many other choices). Check out the following to get started with RefWorks:
RefWorks research guide : This guide includes information on how to get started using RefWorks, adding references to your RefWorks account, how to create a bibliography in RefWorks, and more! There is also a 20 minute video on learning how to use RefWorks.
Here’s a short video specific to using RefWorks with EBSCOhost collections (like OneSearch):
Tip! As with all computer-generated references, make sure that you check the formatting of your references from RefWorks.
You may already know that Wikipedia is *not* a credible source to use for academic work. So, what can you use instead to familiarize yourself with a topic that you are beginning to research? Numerous resources are available from your library – both in print and online. Generally, reference resources, like encyclopedias and dictionaries, are great resources to use to find background information. These are more reliable than Wikipedia and can assist you with finding background information on a topic, which is a key component of beginning the research process.
Gale Virtual Reference Library (accessible under “Quick Links” on the left-hand side of the library’s homepage) is an online collection of academic encyclopedias with titles spanning from The Future of Sustainability to Debates on US Immigration to Geo-data: The World Geographical Encyclopedia. You can easily search across the Gale Virtual Reference Library’s (GVRL) collections by keywords or browse the collection by subject. By using GVRL you can easily find reliable information to start familiarizing yourself with a topic and to help direct the general focus of your research.
Here’s a video with a few more tips on GVRL:
Welcome new and returning students! As you are busy getting settled in for the Fall Semester, take a few minutes to make sure that you are prepared for making use of the library and its resources for your research, study, and pleasure. See our research guide Get Started @ Egan Library to make sure that you are ready.
Additionally, the other big tip of this post is to start planning for your research early on in the semester! OK, it’s only the first day of classes, but making sure that you know how to use your library and have the basics (like your library card and UA username and password) covered can be some of the first steps toward academic success!
Here’s a video that can also help you get started:
Egan Research Minute – Start @ Egan Library
Have a great semester!
OneSearch is the library’s new discovery tool that you can use to search across library collections for books, media, articles, and more – all from a single search box!
OneSearch is a good option to use when you:
- Want to get a general idea about how much information is available on a topic
- Aren’t sure what database is right for you!
- Need only a few resources on a topic (i.e. you don’t need to do a comprehensive lit review)
- Aren’t familiar with subject specific databases.
Take a look at our research guide OneSearch – Highlights, give OneSearch a try, and let us know what you think!
We’ve expanded easy access to research materials! You may have noticed that our new library catalog includes the holdings from not only Juneau area libraries, but also from participating libraries in southcentral Alaska. When you find an item that you want that is available from a library besides Egan (including those libraries in southcentral Alaska!) it’s easy to obtain the item simply by placing a hold on it!
Just click the hold button from the catalog and follow the required steps to have the item delivered to your preferred library!
Have you library card and PIN handy.
In the last post I highlighted Google Public Data Explorer. There are many reliable sources to use to find statistics on a variety of topics, and many are freely available.
Use the Egan Library’s Statistics Research Guide to find general information about locating statistics and suggested resources for a range of statistics related to social indicators, Business and Economics, Education, and more.
We all use a variety of search tools and products from Google, but are you familiar with Google Public Data Explorer?
Google Public Data Explorer allows you to browse and search public data (like information from the World Bank, IMPF, and many other agencies) and represent the data in graphic ways. You can use the tool to link to the graphics that you create or even embed them online in a website or blog. When you log in with your Google account you can upload and save your own datasets. For more details, see About the Public Data Explorer.