Posted onMay 13, 2014This page was generated by the Oviatt Library|Comments Off
There’s no need to worry, the Oviatt Library can help! The Oviatt is open 24/7 from Monday to Friday during finals week. We know that none of you would wait until the last minute to do your research, but just in case you did and you’re struggling, you can get help from a Librarian 24/7. Come see a librarian at the reference desk in the Learning Commons. During finals week from Monday to Thursday there will be a librarian at the desk from 8am to 9pm, on Friday from 8am to 4:45pm. You can also contact us online, via chat or email as well as text messaging, check out our Ask a Librarian page. You can also get help online with oour subject and course guides, including a guide for Citing Your Sources.
The Learning Resource Center is located on the 3rd floor of the library in the East wing; they offer tutoring, help with paper writing and citations. Check out their webpage for more information and be aware that their Writing Center closes Wednesday May 14th so make sure to call ASAP to make an appointment.
If you just need a place to study, don’t forget that you can reserve group and individual study rooms in the library. You can reserve these rooms in advance online, using our online booking system.
In case you need a break we have special events happening every day of Finals week. We’ll be handing out pillows all week along with special events like: arts & crafts, comedy movies, nap time and therapy dogs. Check out the flyer for dates and times of these events.
Posted onApril 8, 2014This page was generated by the Oviatt Library|Comments Off
Do you need to back your research up with statistics? The Oviatt Library provides access to several statistical databases, as well as online guides to help you find exactly what you need. There are also a lot of resources freely available on the web.
This short video shows you how to find our collection of statistical resources, as well as how to search some of them.
Newspapers, newspapers everywhere and not an article for me!
Have to find a newspaper article for an assignment? Want to use a newspaper as a primary source to understand how an event was reported on when it happened? Have you used up your free New York Times articles, but still want to read the news? The Oviatt Library can help you.
Posted onJanuary 30, 2014This page was generated by the Oviatt Library|Comments Off
Research Therapy is back this semester with a special video
on the video tutorial website Lynda.com.
This incredibly valuable resource was made available to all CSUN
students, faculty, and staff through CSUN’s Campus Quality Fee.
This website offers high quality video tutorials on the following topics:
• Web design
• Programming languages
• Business & marketing
• Audio, video & animation production
• Adobe Creative Suite software
• Microsoft Office
• iPad tips
• and more!!
You can browse by topic or software, and even narrow your results by skill level, sub-topics, and author. To access go to http://www.csun.edu/it/lynda you will have to login using your CSUN ID and password, (the same as your portal login). This login allows you to access everything Lynda has to offer, as well create your own personal playlists and bookmark your favorites. For more information check out www.csun.edu/it/lynda
You’re almost there! You dominated that test, you perfected your presentation, you’ve written a gazillion pages. But, one thing looms:
You have options! Let me introduce 5 free tools that will help you keep your citations organized as well as generate your citations for you. But remember: each of these citation tools are only meant to HELP you. If the computer makes a mistake, you’re the one getting marked down for it. Use the Oviatt Library’s Cite Your Sources page thoughtfully—for proofreading and more.
Hi matadors! We hope your semester is moving along wonderfully. Today we have two brand new video tutorials to debut. As your research may be well underway we present some basics of how to navigate through the library catalog. The ability to find books is a necessary skill for many of your research papers. First is How to find a Book, using the Library Catalog and OneSearch. The second is how to find books on Course Reserve. Hope they help you and good luck with your research!
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. http://youtu.be/iPCte4BmWTQ 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 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 onMay 9, 2013This page was generated by the Oviatt Library|Comments Off
A book or film review is a valuable tool for providing a brief summary, content description, and contemporary reactions. Usually appearing shortly after a book is published or a film is released, reviews can be found in various magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals. The library has many databases that you can use to locate book or film reviews – Here are some of my favorites along with some search strategies specific for each database!
Search Strategy: Helpful Tips to Remember!
To find a review you will need to know the title, author, and year of publication.
It is important to remember that reviews generally appear near the date of publication up to several years after. Any later and you might be looking at a literary criticism. Check the inside of the book or the library catalog for the publication date.
All of the recommended databases will allow you to specifically limit your search for book or film reviews. Make sure to check “Book Review”, “Review”, or “Entertainment Review” in the refine your search option area.
Make sure you are using a database that covers the year the book or film was published or released.
If you are having difficulties finding a review remember, of the thousands of books published each year only a small percentage are actually reviewed. It is possible that the book was not reviewed or you may have to search multiple databases to find a review.