Posted onOctober 3, 2013This page was generated by the Oviatt Library|Comments Off
In Session 12 of Research Therapy, we learned ways to identify different types of information. So how do you decide what information is best for you to use? Let’s take a quick (and grossly oversimplified) look at the Cycle of Information:
Of course, there are going to be outliers and other types of information that might work for you (diaries! letters! art! oh my!), but the two most important things to remember are: 1.) follow your professor’s assignment requirements and 2.) be critical: know the who, what, when, where, how, and why of your resource. Our session on Evaluating Websites can be applied to any resource.
Be sure to check out #researchRx on Twitter for a quick fix on research tips!
Good luck on those long research papers! If you need help, don’t forget you can Ask a Librarian.
It’s the beginning of the semester and most of your instructors have probably given you your research assignments. Maybe it’s a presentation, or a paper or an annotated bibliography? It’s time to begin searching for sources to support your research, but before you begin your search you should have an understanding of the different types of information sources that will be most useful for your research topic.
Another valuable type of resource is government documents. They offer a lot of primary sources and secondary sources as well. Some examples include:
• census data
• congressional hearings and court transcripts
• maps (current and historical)
• patents, trademarks and copyrights
• statistics regarding education, health, environment, transportation and more
• consumer information and statistics
Check out our online guides to government resources: general guide to Government Publications at the Oviatt Library and a list of all our Government Publication Subject Guides.
Now that you know the different types of sources available to you, take another look at your research topic or question and decide which kind of source you need to support your research. To help you decide which sources would be best, think about the currency of your topic and the type of evidence you need to support your ideas. The following table is an example of different types of research and the appropriate sources.
Current events & trends →
Newspapers, news websites, magazines
Case studies, ethnographic research, longitudinal studies →
Posted onAugust 23, 2013This page was generated by the Oviatt Library|Comments Off
We are so excited about launching a new service this fall for all our CSUN students. We’ve heard all your comments and concerns about our individual and group study rooms, and are happy to report that starting this Fall, CSUN students will be able to reserve them online, up to two weeks in advance. In fact, study rooms MUST now be reserved online. You can reserve a room using your computer, tablet, or smart phone, but just make sure that you use your CSUN email address when reserving the room. This short video explains how it works.
If you have any questions about this new system, please go to the Guest Services Checkout Desk in the lobby or try it yourself directly at http://csun.libcal.com/.
Posted onJuly 30, 2013This page was generated by the Oviatt Library|Comments Off
Do citations look like this to you:
and somehow you are expected to find that article and read it before your next class? So you just copy and paste the whole thing into the library website and come up with nothing. Then, you start to wonder why your professor lied to you and said it was available at the library? You begin to question this whole college thing and reconsider running away with the circus.
Watch this video to learn where to go to break the citation code and how to find an article from a citation using the Oviatt’s electronic databases:
Putting a whole citation into OneSearch makes it sad. All it wants is the title of the article, which in many citation styles, comes before the title of the journal. You can use the rest of the citation as a reference to make sure the article you are accessing is exactly the article you were looking for in the first place, and not a similarly titled one.
Be sure to bookmark some of these online resources for citation help:
Cite Your Sources: detailed guides for APA and MLA style citations along with help for other styles.
Citation Managers: Comparison of Features: this guide from UW- Madison Libraries explains your options for citation managers that will help you organize and keep track of your sources as well as help you decipher the components.
Like always, librarians are here for you. Just ask.
Posted onJuly 15, 2013This page was generated by the Oviatt Library|Comments Off
Have you been on the 3rd floor of the library recently and noticed the inspirational Rocky Balboa poster in an office window? Well that office belongs to Laurie Borchard, one of the Digital Learning Initiatives Librarian. Learn more about her favorite books, why she became a librarian, and just how far her obsession with Rocky goes.
Laurie Borchard, Digital Learning Initiatives Librarian
Where are you originally from?
I am from a really small town in southern Minnesota called New Richland, with a population of 1,200.
What do you admire most about CSUN students?
I encounter so many students who are really enthusiastic about their education and the determination with which they apply to their studies is truly inspiring.
I took a research methods class as an undergraduate that was taught by a librarian. She made research interesting, fun, and the more I learned about librarianship the more appealing it sounded. I really enjoy working with students and I find myself constantly learning from them. I also love that my job is so multi-faceted, I get to work with students and faculty, as well as develop projects and initiatives on my own.
What do you wish every student knew about the library or librarians?
I hope that students know that a library is not just about books and that librarians do not spend their day putting books on the shelf and shushing students. The library is a place for students to come to get the information and help they need to do their research, as well as a place to study and collaborate with fellow students. The Oviatt Library is currently undergoing renovations to turn the first floor into a Learning Commons. The changes are really exciting, we are getting new furniture, study rooms with monitors students can hook their devices up to, a brand new Freudian Sip in the lobby, and finally more power outlets!! For more info, check out our blog The Transforming Library.
What’s your favorite quote?
“It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them…the character, the heart, generous qualities, progressive ideas.”
If you could meet anyone living or dead who would it be?
If you could learn any skill what would it be?
I wish I could speak another language fluently, preferably Spanish or German, or maybe someday both!
What are some of your current projects that you are working on?
Along with my colleague Anna Fidgeon, we have developed the video series Research Therapy; we cover topics relating to finding articles and books, evaluating resources, topic exploration and more. Check out our YouTube playlist here, along with the videos we also create a blog post that expands on the information provided in the video, check out our posts on the Cited at the Oviatt blog.
Looking for something fun to read this summer? Browse the Bestsellers Collection and the Reading Room on the second floor! Here are some top picks to keep you blissfully transported on vacation.
If you liked The Hunger Games, you will love Divergent by Veronica Roth. Tough-as-nails heroine Tris learns who she is and what she’s made of in a dystopian future Chicago. The fast-paced cinematic action continues in the sequel, Insurgent – but you’ll have to wait until October for Allegiant, the final book in the trilogy. In the Bestsellers collection on Oviatt’s second floor, call numbers PZ7.R7375 Di 2011 and PZ7.R7375 Ins 2012
The latest mystery from the always-popular James Patterson is Private Berlin, a grisly thriller. In the Bestsellers collection on Oviatt’s second floor, call number PS3566.A822 P763 2013
If you’re looking for both a mystery and a heroine in an alternate world, try The Rook by Daniel O’Malley. Publishers Weekly says, “Dry wit, surprising reversals of fortune, and a clever if offbeat plot make this a winner. Dr. Who fans will find a lot to like.” In the Bestsellers collection on Oviatt’s second floor, call number PR9619.4.O52 R66 2012
For a summer read that’s light as chiffon, try the latest from Sophie Kinsella (author of Confessions of a Shopaholic). I’ve Got Your Number starts with a lost engagement ring and a cell phone mix up, telling much of the story in text messages and footnoted quips. A fine romance, perfect for a lazy day of sunbathing. In the Bestsellers collection on Oviatt’s second floor, call number PR6073.I246 I93 2012
Posted onJune 18, 2013This page was generated by the Oviatt Library|Comments Off
Summer is here and some of the best reading can be found in the Oviatt Library’s Teacher Curriculum Center (TCC). What’s better than buying a book? Checking one out for free! It doesn’t get much better than that.
You can re-visit classics of yore (“A Wrinkle in Time,” “The Little Prince”), or catch up on some contemporary “must reads” (“Twilight,” “The Hunger Games”). Perhaps a childhood favorite? We even have some graphic novels. TCC’s collection has something for everyone, including a wide variety of picture books perfect for the younger set or even for you. Stop in and check out, “Pete the Cat,” the “Elephant & Piggie” series, or even “Officer Buckle and Gloria” – books so entertaining that you’ll want to read them again and again (and enjoy their playful artwork). We also have a great selection of books on CD to keep you entertained on those long, cross country drives. Imagine having the complete “Harry Potter” series read to you as you navigate the highways and byways!
Silly or serious, fact or fiction, we’ve got your number and it’s unlimited. What could be finer than sitting poolside or seaside, sipping cool lemonade, wearing shorts, shades and flip flops while taking in the antics of “Huckleberry Finn” or “Ramona the Pest”? And don’t forget about, “Al Capone Does my Shirts” (we thought you’d be intrigued). If you have a current CSUN ID card, you hold the passport to a myriad of destinations.
Let reading transport you. For fun, excitement, adventure, or just a mental scenic getaway, you don’t have to go very far, come to the TCC – it’s the start of any great vacation.
Posted onJune 4, 2013This page was generated by the Oviatt Library|Comments Off
Meet Andrew Weiss, a Digital Services Librarian here at the library. One of his main responsibilities is CSUN’s institutional repository ScholarWorks, which is an open access repository of works authored by CSUN faculty and students, learn more about it here.
Andrew Weiss, Digital Services Librarian
Where are you originally from?
I grew up in Reading, PA, not far from Philadelphia, but I also spent 8 years living in Japan and consider it like a second home.
What do you admire about CSUN students?
I’m always amazed at their strong desire to engage the world head-on, whether in campus activities, high-quality projects, or social activism. I also see a lot of collaboration going on here in the library among students — banding together to tackle their classes and assignments. When I walk past the study rooms, I often see chalkboards full of notes and equations that I couldn’t begin to decipher.
I’m also impressed with those students who can walk and text on their cell phones without bumping into things.
Why did you become a librarian?
It’s the perfect hybrid-education role: a combination of classroom teaching, research, historical and archival document preservation, digital technology, social media, project management and digital rights management. It’s a challenge to become proficient in all those areas. And I like the challenge. There’s always something new to learn.
What is your favorite quote?
“I’m not crazy about reality, but it’s still the only place to get a decent meal.” – Groucho Marx
I’m currently doing research on massive digital libraries such as Google Books, HathiTrust, and Internet Archive (to name a few). I’m also interested in international open access digital library collaborations – especially those related to Japan and East Asia.
Posted onMay 22, 2013This page was generated by the Oviatt Library|Comments Off
The Oviatt has added a collection of 260 videos with funds provided by NIH/NLM Women’s Health Resources and Gender Differences grant. The Health and Society Video collection offers more than 100 videos which address women’s issues in particular. The videos can be viewed on and off campus. There are several ways you can find the collection: as a database, on Databases A-Z or as individual videos in our Library Catalog. Our catalog has a record for each video in the collection. As an example, the following catalog record for “Wisdom of the Heart” describes the video. The subject headings assigned provide specific detail about the topics covered in the video i.e. Heart Diseases—Sex factors and Sex discrimination in Medicine. Plus a summary explains how women were excluded from medical trials. The records can provide a lot of pertinent information on what you are about to view. The ‘Added Title’ links indicated below with an arrow can also lead you to hundreds more titles on your topic. Follow the link to this catalog record at http://suncat.csun.edu/record=b2916558 and enjoy!