Posted onFebruary 3, 2017This page was generated by the Oviatt Library|Comments Off on Civil Rights and Civic Action Guide Centralizes Resources for Matadors
Hello Matadors! A new online resource guide is available on the Oviatt website. The Oviatt Library’s Civil Rights and Civic Action Guide was developed for the campus community in response to feedback received after the recent campus town halls. The guide provides a centralized location to access legal and political information and resources for students, faculty, and staff at CSUN. This guide will continue to be a work in progress as we will be adding additional resources in the coming weeks. However, if you are aware of a resource not included within the guide, which you believe would be helpful to other Matadors, feel free to let us know by using the “Contact Us” box located on the homepage of the guide.
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Posted onFebruary 15, 2016This page was generated by the Oviatt Library|Comments Off on Exploring Research Topics
Are you struggling with finding the right topic for your research paper? This short Research Therapy video gives you suggestions on where to look for topic ideas, how to narrow your topic, as well as a couple of online library resources that are a great place to begin your research.
Concept mapping is a great way to expand on a general topic; it also helps you to think about the different aspects of your topic. Here’s a template for a basic concept map. Here’s another concept map when you’re trying to identify the who, what, when, where, why or how of a topic.
As mentioned in the video keep in mind the different angles you could take on a topic:
Geographical → where
Sociological → who
Psychological → why
Historical → when
After you pick a general topic it’s a good idea to do some general background resources. Oviatt Library has several different online reference resources such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographical resources and more. The databases mentioned in the video are Opposing Viewpoints in Context and Credo Reference, the library no longer has access to Credo so use Gale Virtual Reference instead. We also have a list of online reference resources listed under the Find Articles by Subject page, as well as an organized list of our databases by subject. We also have a general Research Strategies guide to help you along with the research process.
Posted onMarch 13, 2015This page was generated by the Oviatt Library|Comments Off on Check Out These Tips for Improving Your Google Search
You probably have been using Google your entire academic life. But there is more to this search engine than typing in keywords. Improve your Google search by utilizing some of these recommended tips useful for all types of research.
Improving your Google Search: Tips and Tricks to help you master the simple search
Site: To find pages within a specific site type “site:” followed by a website or domain. Example: site:latimes.com
Exclude words: To exclude a term from your search use the minus (-) sign in from of the term. Example: Taylor Swift –sucks
Similar words: Use the tilde (~) sign in front of a word to search synonyms. Example ~college will also retrieve university.
“Quotation Marks”: Searches the exact phrase instead of individual words. Example “Global Warming”
Number Ranges: Include two periods when you want to search within two number ranges. Suitable for years, prices or series of numbers. Example: Oscar winners 2000..2014
Document Type: To search for a particular document type such as a pdf, PowerPoint, doc, jpeg. Example: filetype:pdf
Definitions: Put define: in front of a word for a quick definition. Example: define:impetuous
Calculator: For simply math problems consider using Google (+,-,*,/). Example: 365/5*12
Unit Converter: Easy unit converter, just type what you would like to convert such as temperature, volume. Mass, area, speed, length, or time. Example: 3 quarts to cups.
Have questions? You can always Ask a Librarian for help!
Posted onFebruary 21, 2013This page was generated by the Oviatt Library|Comments Off on Research Therapy: You Don’t Have to Come to the Library to Get a Library Book
You know you don’t have to come into the library to get your hands on some books, right? And if you’ve ever checked out a book from the library, only to find it doesn’t have any information you need, you should try looking at Google Books first.
The Oviatt has hundreds of e-books available, straight off of the website. Even if the book you want isn’t available electronically, you can still use Google Books to take a peek at the content. You might save yourself a trip! Watch this video to learn more:
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Posted onFebruary 15, 2013This page was generated by the Oviatt Library|Comments Off on Need Help Using OneSearch?
Just in case you’re confused about our new search tool on the library’s homepage, we’ve created a short video showing you how it works and how you can narrow your results in order to get exactly what you need. We also have a OneSearch FAQ.
When you do a search your results are broken down into two different tabs, one is labeled Articles and one labeled Books & Media. The Articles tab are items that you would normally find in our online databases and the Books & Media tab are what you would find in our library catalog. The image below describes the types of resources found in both.
OneSearch is a powerful tool and we’re pretty excited about it. However, if you’re looking for specific types of resources you might want to check out our other discovery tools.
Posted onOctober 31, 2012This page was generated by the Oviatt Library|Comments Off on Research Therapy: What is a Scholarly Article?
Have you ever wondered exactly what is a scholarly article? And how can you tell if an article you’ve found is scholarly? Watch the following short video and read the information below to answer these questions and more!
Why Can’t I Find Scholarly Sources on My Topic?
If you’re having trouble finding scholarly sources on your topic, you may be running into one of these problems:
• Not enough time has passed: it takes time to conduct research, write the scholarly article, and then get it published. If your topic concerns an event that happened recently (in the last year for example), there may not be anything scholarly published on it yet. The Fix: find scholarly articles on broader themes related to your topic. For example, if you wanted to write about the 2012 presidential election, you could find scholarly articles on past presidential elections dealing with aspects that relate to the current election.
• Need to try another database: you may be looking in a database that doesn’t have many scholarly articles, or it may not have many articles from the subject area your topic falls in. The Fix: try using a subject-specific database or one of the other resources in the Finding Scholarly Articles section below.
• The topic hasn’t been researched: since scholarly articles are the results of research being done by professors and other experts in the field, there may not be scholarly articles on your topic if someone hasn’t yet undertaken the research, found an angle of interest to the field, or found a measurable way to test it. The Fix: find scholarly articles on broader themes related to your topic. For example, if you need a scholarly article for your speech on how to tie a tie, you probably won’t find scholarly articles explaining how to tie a tie, but you may find articles on how men’s neckwear has evolved through history. Can Books be Scholarly?
Usually when we talk about scholarly sources, we’re talking about scholarly articles. However, books can be scholarly as well. One factor to look at for books is the publisher. Books from university presses (such as University of California Press or Harvard University Press) are more likely to be scholarly, but you should also check that there are references cited in the text and listed at the end and that the language of the book is scholarly. Is It Peer-Reviewed?
Many scholarly articles are peer-reviewed, which is when the journal’s editor has other researchers in the field review the article before it is published. They evaluate the content and procedures used and recommend whether the article should be published as is, revised, or rejected. Peer-reviewed journals are also known as refereed journals.
To check if the article is peer-reviewed, you can
• Check the About or Focus/Scope section of the journal’s webpage. Many journals will say if they are peer-reviewed on these pages.
• Look the journal up in Ulrich’s to see if it is peer-reviewed. For more information on how to do this, watch the Is This Journal Peer Reviewed? tutorial.
Finding Scholarly Articles To find scholarly articles, try:
• JSTOR or Project Muse, which consist entirely of articles from scholarly journals. JSTOR covers most disciplines while Project Muse focuses on humanities, arts, and social sciences.
• Selecting the Scholarly or Peer Reviewed check box available in many general and subject-specific databases, such as General OneFile or PsycInfo.
• Using Google Scholar instead of Google. You can set up Google Scholar so you can access CSUN resources from off campus.
– Danielle Skaggs
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Posted onOctober 29, 2012This page was generated by the Oviatt Library|Comments Off on Research Therapy: Be a Search Boss
We admit it. Searching a library catalog or database is not always as straightforward as Google. And sometimes, searching Google is frustrating because you get so many questionable results. So how can you find that really great article for your paper? This video will show you some tactics to help get you on your way to being a Super Searcher!
I’m finding too much! I can’t find enough!
If you are overloaded or underloaded with search results, you might want to rethink your search strategy by brainstorming broader or narrower concepts. For example, if your topic for a 5-page paper is gay rights, do you think you could cover everything ever about gay rights in so few pages? If so, you should give me some writing lessons.
Most likely, with a topic as broad as gay rights, you probably want to focus on something a little more narrow under the umbrella of gay rights, such as gay marriage. If you still feel like there’s still too much on your topic to cover, you might focus in even more. For example, you could specifically look at Prop 8.
Question your assignment
One way to think about your topic is to form it into a question you can answer with your research. This can also help you focus your topic. Here are some examples:
It might seem frustrating when you have to keep adjusting your search, but that’s exactly what research is, it’s re-searching until you find what you’re looking for. If you feel really stuck, be sure to Ask A Librarian for help.
– Anna Fidgeon
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Posted onOctober 9, 2012This page was generated by the Oviatt Library|Comments Off on Research Therapy Takes on the Annotated Bibliography
It’s that time of the semester – papers and other types of research are being assigned. Today we explore a research assignment you might not be familiar with: the annotated bibliography.
Annotations – More Information
Need a little more guidance on what to include in your annotation? The following table provides examples of descriptive and evaluative information you can include in your annotation. You can include both types of information in your annotation.