Introduction to Library Resources for Literary Research webinar (March 2018)

[SCOTT] Good afternoon, everyone. This is a webinar
from GSU Library Online Services. An Introduction to Library Resources
for Literary Research. I’m Scott Pieper. I’m a reference librarian
at the Decatur Campus. My contact information is there. Feel free to contact me
after the webinar if you need any more help. If you’d like to ask questions,
please type in them in the chat box and we will get to those as we go along. I’m presenting today with my colleague. [SARAH] Hi, I’m Sara Kirkley and
I’m a librarian at our Clarkston campus. My contact information is also provided
so please feel free to reach out if you have any questions, again,
after the webinar today. Today’s agenda includes some of the following:
We’re just going to give a brief overview of some need-to-know information
about the library — some facts that can kind of help out. We’re also going to provide a few options,
strategic tips for searching as you do research, I mean whether
that’s gathering literary criticism or looking into more of an author’s life
through biographical resources. We’re going to point you in
the right direction for a couple of those sources through these databases. So today we’re going to cover
Bloom’s, Gale Literary Sources, JSTOR,
as well as the Discover Search, as well as touch on a few other things
throughout the presentation. So that’s what’s going
to be happening today. [SCOTT] Alright, so just in general, about
the library, and about librarians,
We’re here to help you find information and to use library services. So libraries can be pretty complex organizations
with a lot of different resources, a lot of different databases, books, you name it. There’s a lot of different opportunities for
learning and a lot of different things that can be confusing about all of those services. So we’re here to clear up any problems that
you have, any confusion that might arise, as you start studying and trying to find your
secondary sources for these assignments. [SARAH] So before we dive into some of the library
resources, or subscribed resources, through those databases,
I think we should touch on why you would even want to navigate to those
library resources at all when so much is available for free on the open web. So why can’t we just gather all those resources
and do our research all through Google? And there’s a couple of things I’ll point
to, the first one being that
a lot of the resources that we’ll cover today are behind a paywall,
so your tuition dollars go toward subscriptions, towards being able to access
a lot of these resources that will be found in academic journals or in scholarly books
that, again, you can’t just get on a website. So that’s one thing to know, is that there
is not ….everything is not available on Google, even though it might seem like it,
right?Like we get so many results. A couple of other things to be aware of,
especially with some of the resources that we will look at today,
they have a more academic or scholarly focus, so they’re written by scholars and other academics,
people who are subject matter experts. And then there are also — our collections
are more appropriate for the academic context, if that makes sense. So when you’re doing academic research, and
you’re participating in a academic classroom, these sources are more tailored
towards that experience. So when you go to some of the literary databases
that we will look at, you will see that they’re primarily focused
on literary research and it’s actually a little bit easier to use. So yeah, I just wanted to broach that topic
a little because all of use Google in our daily lives,
probably multiple times per day, and just kind of giving some reasons
and some arguments for going beyond it, especially when you’re doing academic research. [SCOTT] Alright. So let’s talk about literary research a little
bit. It’s going to be a little bit different from
the context of, maybe, an 1101 class that you might have taken earlier where you’re
right argumentative papers. And we just wanted to define a few terms
and talk about what the implications of literary research can be. So one of the first things, we’re going to
be talking mostly about secondary materials, secondary resources, versus your primary source,
which is going to be the actual work you’re looking at. So the primary source is going to be
the play you’re analyzing or the poem, or the novel. So those are the primaries, and then your
secondary sources are going to be articles and books of literary criticism written about
those primary resources. So we’re going to be focusing on the secondary
type of source. So literary criticism is something we’ll be
mentioning throughout, and basically you’re moving beyond summaries,
you’re moving beyond the book report kind of format
that you might have done years and years ago. You’re placing the work that you’re studying
in a literary context, or a historical context. You might be analyzing it in the context of
a literary movement, or with literary devices. So it’s more of an evaluation and interpretation
of your primary source, and becoming and being a part of the conversation
of what you’re entering in, into the secondary literature
about your primary work. So we’ll be talking about databases, of course
as Sarah mentioned earlier, and we’ll be starting right now to show you
some …to talk about
some search tips as you start searching some of these databases. Search tip number one is about the author’s
name, using the name as a search term. There are some formats that might help. You can use it in the regular
first name – last name order. You might also use
last name, comma, first name. You could use it in the context of a search
phrase, like it has on the screen, “Maya AND Angelou.” Most of the databases these days are pretty
flexible with this formatting change, but you might notice some changes,
so you might want to – as far as your search results –
when you try different formats as far as word order in the name. Using an author’s name, we’ll also talk about
that in just a second, in another context. Also using the name of the work, and that
makes sense of course. What you want to make sure you do,
is actually very helpful, is quotes around the phrase. So as it says in the example,
“As You Like It,” when you put that together,
when you surround that in quotes, that will keep that phrase in that word order,
so you’ll keep that “As you like it” as your search, which
can be very helpful when you’re searching the name of a work. You can also add the word, criticism,
as a search term. Most of these databases are designed using
“criticism” as an identifier for these critical analyses that you’re looking for,
so when you add “criticism” as a search term, you are getting those literary criticism articles,
as opposed to something that might be a summary, or a biography. You’re getting those good analysis articles. You can also talk about broader topics in
your searching. So, “bullfighting,” might be a good topic
if you’re searching some Hemingway. Some other things might be war in literature,
or love in literature. So those are all sorts of ways to put it in
the context of a topic as well. Alright. So Search Tip number two,
Know what you’re searching. Sometimes, in the databases, you’re searching
the full text of an article, so you will find your search terms
anywhere in that article. That sounds pretty good, but it can get a
little bit overly broad. You know, works of literature are alluded
to in all sorts of different contexts. It could be mentioned in a scientific paper. It could be mentioned in a history paper. So full text can be a good thing, but it also
can make your results overly broad. Sometimes a database is just searching what
librarians call “the item record,” which is the summary of the article,
which contains the title, author, some subject terms,
and other descriptors that help describe the article,
but it’s not the full text of the article. So in a lot of the databases these days,
it will be full text, but just pay attention if you see any indication about what you’re
searching, it can make things a little bit too broad and you can also adjust your searching
if you know what, exactly, you’re searching. Search tip number three is
“Get specific with database tools.” All of these databases — Sarah alluded to
this just a minute ago – all of these databases
are designed for research in mind. We’re going to show you several databases
that are designed for literature research, so they will have advanced search features
that will allow you to search names of works. It will allow you to search authors easily. It will allow you to search characters easily. They will also have drop down boxes that will
allow you to limit to certain areas of the databases, so you can search the author, you
can search by title. That kind of extra search capability can be
very helpful. And you can also expand to full text
if you like, in some of the drop down boxes
in some of the databases that we’re going to look at today. We’re also going to show you some kind of
generic databases. There are also ways that you can use
search terms and advanced search features to make a generic, multi-search database
fit better with your literature topic. [SARAH] Okay, so the search tip number four,
‘When is an author not an author?” When you’re searching for information about
authors, or their literary work, it can be really helpful to do an advanced search, where
you have more parameters you can set, and search for your author as the subject. Just that kind of deliniation or clarification
is helpful because sometimes, when many of us have been taught
to use library resources in the past, we might search for the author
and just type in our author without realizing that’s going to take us to the primary source,
or the author’s work. But when we’re researching them or their works
— again, we’re looking for secondary resources — so in that case, they would be the subject. It will make a little more sense once we get
into the databases themselves and start to look at it, but again, that can be a helpful
tip to use in the databases because it can take you to results where your author’s body
of work will be the subject, so things about their writing, any kind of style or themes
that show up over and over might show up in your search results. So yeah, that can be another tip to kind of
keep in mind as you’re searching. You’ll also see options for to filter
your searches by peer-review or “scholarly” work
and in this case, peer review is referring to academic journal
articles where the subject matter experts
or professional or professor, who’s very knowledgeable within that subject
area — writes an article– performs their research,
writes their articles, sends it to a journal for publication. Once the journal receives it,
it’s been reviewed and it’s either published or, more often,
sent back to the author of the article to make any revisions or make any edits
needed before it gets published. This is important to know about
because sometimes your professor might have a requirement
that you use scholarly or peer-reviewed resources, and those can be helpful
because they’ve been through that system of checks
so you can know that it’s been reviewed by other scholars in the field and they’ve agreed that that research is sound and should appear in a journal. It can be helpful, too, to know what to expect
when you’re looking at those kinds of sources so sometimes,
because they are more academic in nature, the language might be
a little more difficult to read or they might be using more jargon,
specific to a particular discipline, like literary studies. So, just some things to kind of be aware about. They’re typically also going to be
more specific in nature, so focusing in on a particular analysis of
a work, in the case of a literary example. So that’s what that term means,
if you see it throughout some of the tools that we’ll show you today,
and then you’ll also see that a couple of databases just exclusively hold
scholarly resources. And those are —
JSTOR and Bloom’s Literary Reference. Those are going to have those resources that,
again, have been vetted and are going to kind of
meet that requirement. Another search tip is to use these operators:
AND, OR, and NOT. You can use them in advanced search options,
so you’ll see once we get into some of the tools
they’ll have one search box, but often there’s an option
to choose advanced search, where you can start to combine various phrases,
terms, things like the title of your work and the author’s name,
so you’re getting results where both of those are included
can be helpful. You can type these into search boxes
if you think it might be helpful, and we’ll look at a couple of examples
of what that will look like in the slides in just a moment. Okay, so this one is an example
of how you can use these operators to change up your search. Many databases or search tools now have
some of these built in. So in Google, when we’re typing in a phrase,
it’s adding that “AND” in between each of our search for us,
but you can still use — and that’s probably the one I still type in
the most, out of habit, is AND. You can use OR to expand your search
to include multiple terms, or you can use NOT if you want
to eliminate a search term from your results. So for most of us,
AND might be all that we need, but these are also other options
available to you as you try searching on your own. And this is just an example of what
one might look like for a literary research search. So you could include the term, “Jane Eyre,” and you’re including two variations on the author’s name and then eliminating the word “Film,” so hopefully, eliminating any mention of the film. But again, you’ll see as we kind of demo
some of these resources, that there are multiple ways to go about it,
so all of these search tips and tools can be used or not
and they might work, but the point is to kind of show you
lots of tips to try so that if you don’t get results the first time, you can try another approach and not,
kind of, give up without getting anything useful. [no audio] [SCOTT] Alright, great! So now we’re going to switch
to the live demonstration portion of the presentation. So most of the library resources that
you will access are going to be available through the library’s website,
which is And it’s typically very straightforward,
as far as how to access these. This is the library’s homepage and
what we’re going to be looking at– there’s a couple different ways
to find these databases. So towards the left side of the middle
of your screen, we’ve got some choices that you can make. You can do databases by subject,
or databases by name. Now we’ve given you the names of the databases
that we’ve chosen for this presentation, but what I like to often start with is
“Databases by subject.” and go to English. And this gives you a broader perspective
on how many different databases we have chosen for English. So many of these are helpful. The ones that we’re going to talk about today
— oh, and some of them are extremely specific
— and we’re going to talk about
just a couple of them today. The first one we’re going to talk about —
or I’m going to talk about — is Bloom’s Literature. So I’ve gone to Databases by Subject,
and chosen English, and now I’m going to click on Bloom’s Literature,
which I’ve already opened here. From home, you will be prompted
for your GSU credentials to log in. These are password-protected. Sarah mentioned earlier that we pay a
subscription fees for these, so don’t be surprised if you get asked
for your GSU username and password. That is expected. Alright, so here’s the homepage
for Bloom’s Literature. You can see already that they have authors,
they have works, they have characters, that you can look through. So already we can tell this is designed for
literature research. There are several tools that you can use in
Bloom’s. We’re going to do a simple search in just
a second, but under the Browse Tab,
you have a place to search lists of authors, lists of works, lists of characters. You can look up literary movements, literary
themes. They also have primary, uh, literary classics
in here, so if you need to refer back to the primary,
the work itself, they have quite a few of the classics
that are included here. They have a Shakespeare Center. Bloom’s has a lot of article and a lot of
resources on Shakespeare, so they have created a little Shakespeare
Center with curated content
for many of Shakespeare’s works. So we are going to do a simple search,
and we’re going to do a search for “The Yellow Wallpaper,”
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. And I’m going to use quotes around the title,
to keep that together as a phrase, and I’m just going to do a simple search in
Bloom’s. So here is your results list. You will notice that we have different types
of sources, so Bloom’s defaults to reference sources. So reference sources are going to be some
specialized encyclopedias that are included in this database,
so you can see Encyclopedia of Feminist Literature. These
can be helpful for background reading, for getting an overview,
but what most of your professors are going to want you to look at are the criticism articles,
which are under the second tab. Like we talked about these, the criticism
will be a larger analysis of the work that they’re looking at. So here’s your list of criticism for the Yellow
Wallpaper, and you have several different options for
articles. You might not see the name of the work in
the title, but it’s picked up somewhere in the search
results. So in this case with Sandra Cisneros’s
“The House on Mango Street, ” often times you’ll see comparisons,
putting your work in the context with other works,
so don’t be surprised if you don’t see the name of your work immediately. It’s been captured somewhere in there. So we’ll look at the first results to give
you an idea of what these articles look like. In Bloom’s,
you have the full text immediately available. And you’ve got your search terms that
are highlighted in yellow, so this is “Too Terribly Good to Be Printed”:
Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper.” So it’s a nice detailed article. It’s been —
it has citations included so you can tell the author did their own homework,
when they were writing this. It is part of Bloom’s Literary Themes
and Dark Humor. So that could be, if you’re just starting,
that could be — Dark Humor could be a topic that you look
into in the Yellow Wallpaper. Because this is a research database,
you’ve got options to help you organize research across the top here,
So you can print it. You can download it. This is a popular option –
You also have citation tool that will put it in MLA,
and that’s the new edition of MLA. I will caution you with the database citations
that they are not always correct. Matter of fact, looking at this,
formatting the quotations a little oddly, so you have to be careful when you copy
and paste this into your works cited page to go back and make sure
everything is okay with MLA, the MLA instructions you get
from your instructor or from the MLA handbooks. So that’s just a caution over all
of these databases that we’re going to be talking about today. If you’re more of an auditory learner,
then you can use this database and it will machine-read to you,
so you can listen to this article if you’d like. So I mentioned already that this was
originally published in Bloom’s LIterary Themes,
and you have the table of contents, in case you want to look at other articles
about Dark Humor, you’ve got those available, chapter by chapter. This was, apparently, originally
chapter 18 in this book. So there is a quick overview of Bloom’s. So again, you can explore literary movements,
for example. So if we look at literary movements,
Yellow Wallpaper is considered to be, kind of, an archetype in the gothic literature. So you can look for articles on gothic literature,
to put it in that context. You can look at themes. Insanity, for example — another theme. Another commonly studied theme
for Yellow Wallpaper is insanity and this places it in the context of gothic
literature. So you can find other ways in these databases
to approach the work that you’re studying. And those are a couple ways that
this particular database can help out with those aspects. So okay, I need to go to browse,
go to literary movements, take a look at some of those. I’m sure you’ll be talking about
some of these different movements for example, in your class,
some representative examples of how your work might apply to some of those
movements. Alright, so that is Bloom’s. The next database that I’m going to cover
— I’m actually going to go back out
to the library homepage, just so we get in the practice of doing this. So, databases by subject, English,
and then I’m going to scroll down to G for “Gale Literary Sources.” Alright. Alright, so another one of our databases
specifically designed for literary research. We mentioned some of the advanced search features,
of course the database does have this very tempting search box that looks like Google. You’re welcome to try that. You can use the name of your work. Work [UNCLEAR] in these databases, in this
particular database. I’m going to look at some of the
advanced search features, however. Because I want to show you
some of the advantages of using a database like this. So here are some of the search boxes that
we can apply some of our search terms to. So you can do a basic search, which is a keyword
search. You can use the second box, and you’ve actually
got a number of different options under these boxes,
but it defaults to the name of the work, so I can put in
the name of the work I’m looking for. I’m still going to keep it in quotes, to keep
it together as a phrase. And it also autocompletes it for you. I like to do my own phrase with the quotes. That tends to work better for me,
but you can certainly try either way. So “Things they carried” is the name of the
work. And then in the person, you can see it says
“By or about.” So it’s kind of combining primary or secondary
there. So you can do the author to get primary or
secondary research under that “By or about.” Okay, and you can also switch to “about,”
if you’d like to get just the secondary. But pay attention to what these fields say. You’ve got more options. I’m not going to do any of these options right
now, but I am going to use these advanced search
features here. So I’m going to hit “Search.” And Gale Literary Sources defaults to Literary
Criticism, unlike Bloom’s that defaults to Reference
Sources, Gale puts you right into the Literary – the
Literature Criticism. It does also contain biographies, so you can
find biographies of TIm O’Brien, if you need biographical information. It does also have some topic and work overviews,
so that’s a different — you can get a summary of the work itself. You have to be careful with Reviews and News. Sometimes these will review a particular —
for like a play, it might do a particular setting,
or a particular run of a play. And that might , may or may not be helpful
to your literary criticism paper. So just be careful with some of those. So we’re going to back to the literature criticism. We got 105 hits. So you can see where these
identify the article as a critical essay, that’s what Gale has tagged these in this
database. You have the title of article,
and then you have a very brief description, including a word count,
which is sometimes helpful because you can get those substantive articles. And you can also see where those
articles are published, so you’ll see titles like, “Short Story Criticism,”
“Contemporary Literary Criticism,” and those are all good sources to use for
your articles. So I’m going to click on —
actually first, there are ways to limit on the right hand side. If you have a topic already in mind,
you can search within these results. Let’s say for “narration”or “narrator.” Or for a theme that you’re looking for. Or for “The Things They Carried,”
it’s about the Vietnam War, so you could search for War. So that will search within what you’ve already
searched, which is The Things They Carried. Okay? You can also make sure —
If you want to make sure that the article is immediately available,
you can click on “Full text.” You also have an option
to get the peer-reviewed articles. So if your professor has asked that you get
those peer-reviewed, scholarly sources, you can do that as well. In Gale, that limits you quite a bit,
but you can check that if you’d like to get a few peer-reviewed journals from this database. You have ideas for other subjects that you
could search. So you can look for other works by Tim O’Brien
are included in here. I told you it’s a Vietnam story, so that of
course makes sense,… soldiers… So you can look through the subjects that
are suggested to narrow your search as well. So we’ll look at one of these articles quickly. The second one looks interesting to me. So we can click on the title and that brings
up the entire article immediately. Now you do, again, have – and
I’m not going to go through these again. All of the databases will have something relatively
similar. You’ve got a citation tool. You can save these to your One Drive, which
is available through your GSU email. You can print this — or your GSU email account,
I should say. You can print this. You can email this to yourself. That’s a feature that I like in a lot of these
databases. You can email these articles to yourself
so if you’re like me and you’re doing research and you go from
site to site, database to database,
you’re running different searches, and it’s hard to sometimes come back and find
where you left off, or sometimes you might miss an article because
you’ve forgotten to email it to yourself, so I would encourage you to email some of
these articles to yourself. You can download it. And this one, since you do these in audio,
you can download the MP3 if you’d like. So there’s all sorts of ways to narrow down
your search results and all sorts of tools that you can use to
organize your research as you go. Alright. So that is a quick overview of Gale. So you can find some good articles in here. What’s inside gives you an idea of the scope
of Gale, which covers a lot of different sources,
so it’s a good, big database and has those advanced search features that can be helpful
to your assignment. Okay, so I’m going to stop sharing. And I am going to hand the presentation over
to Sarah. [SARAH] Okay. So I’m going to start sharing my screen now
and I’ll look at a couple of different databases or collections that can be useful. So let me share my screen first… And pull up my browser so I’ve got the library’s
website right here. Please feel free to let me know if you can’t
see screen. But I’m going to follow Scott’s lead and navigate
to the resources again through the library’s website. This is especially helpful if you’re off-campus
because these links are set up for access to log in. So the first one I’m going to show you is
called — a database called JSTOR. For example, if you are at home, and you Googled
“JSTOR,” there’s not really anyway for that site to
know that you’re affiliated with Georgia State, so that’s why we’re going to go through those
extra clicks of getting to it through the library’s website. So I’m going to do…
first I’m going to close my email, so you all don’t see my emails pop up. But I’m going to choose Databases by Subject,
and go to English, again. And I mentioned the name. It’s JSTOR,
so I’m just going to scroll until I get to the Js. Click on the title, here, to open up the database,
which I’ve got ready to go in a new window, here. So …the layout should look a little familiar,
in terms of what we’ve looked at already. So there’s, kind of one main search box. From there, I can type in my search, combining
different keywords or phrases, or titles or author names,
or I can go to the advanced search underneath, and get a few more options for combining those
options in searching or for checking any boxes to filter my results. So those, again, those additional options
are there. I’m going to back up to the main search box
and just start there to do an example search. But before I do that, I do want to mention
that JSTOR is still a really good, useful source for literary research. But in its description, back on the database
list, here, the A to Z list, you might have noticed, too,
in the description that it opens up a little bit,
in terms of disciplinary focus. So it’s related…it’s got contents related
to the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. So while it does have literary research and
articles and book chapters,
it’s also going to have other information from other fields. So, it’s not going to necessarily be as intuitive
or as focused on literature as Bloom’s or Gale were. But I’m just going to start by typing in my
author’s name, so Junot Diaz, and you can see in the —
There are some suggested searches coming up that can be really useful to use. I’m going to keep going
and just add in the title of my work, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” And I’m doing the same options that we talked
about before with the term searching, so I’m just going to see what happens for
those… and I hope I spelled everything correctly…. Alright let’s see what we get. Okay, so I didn’t get any results for this
search, so what I’m going to do is just remove the
title of the work and start by just searching the author. I don’t know, maybe I had a misspelling in
my initial search because I can see for the second result listed that it’s a review of
“The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” So if you’re like me and make typos or make
mistakes in your initial search, that’s fine, you can always just start — simplify and
then go more specific from your first list of search results. So, just searching the author’s name,
I got a decent number of results, so over 400
and then I can use, again, some of the filters that we saw in the other resources to make
my search a little bit more specific, so that I don’t have to click through all those pages
of results to find useful resources. I can also choose the format, so that can
be helpful. Again, journal articles will be a little bit
more specific, maybe books, a little bit more comprehensive,
and that can also be — those format types can also be helpful if
you have a requirement from your professor. So I am going to try again and do the title
of the work in this handy search within my results option. And let me just try that and see what happens. Okay, so that helped. And now I can see in the first few results
that I’m getting the titles of these articles actually contain both the author’s name and
the title of the work, so they’re a little bit more specific and
focused on criticizing and analyzing this particular literary work or novel. So I’m going to choose one as an example,
but it’s similar to what we saw in some of the other databases with the title of the
article appearing first, with a little bit of publication information
listed beneath it so the author of the article, the journal,
a little bit — like the date, the page numbers,
so some of that information that would go into your citation for the article. JSTOR is nice in that it shows you these topics
or subjects underneath each one, so that can of help you determine whether
or not it’s something you would like to read or would be relevant to your research. So I’m going to choose this second result,
and click on the title, So this page is, again, it’s not the article
itself, it’s some of that publication information. It’s giving us a little bit more information
about what journal this was published in, so the container for this article. It’s also hyperlinked so you can get some
more information about that particular journal. So that can be helpful, too, in determining
what its focus is and what kind of content it publishes. JSTOR has some of those helpful tools,
so you can download the PDF version of this article, which I’ll do now, so we can look at an example. And the PDF, if I scroll through, will just
be the scanned version of the article, as it would have appeared in the final publication
of the journal. So it’s got all the formatting, all the page
numbers, all that information that can be helpful when
you’re reading through it, citing your sources, things like that. But back on this page, with the, kind of,
record, or information about the article,
it’s got a citation feature that you can also look at
to get that basic citation. It doesn’t have the email function,
which is kind of a bummer, but you can download it, attach it to an email, upload it into your Google drive, or One Drive, and kind of keep up with it that way. If you wanted to add it to your list,
you can create an account. There’s an option up at the top to do that,
but that is one additional log in or information or password to kind of keep track of, but you can do that as an option. And then, I’ll just talk briefly about these
topics again, or in some of the other databases,
they might be called subjects. They’re all hyperlinked, so you can click
on them and go to results that also have those same topics. I also like to include them my search terms,
so if I was focusing on maybe Junot Diaz’s depiction of a dictatorship in this novel,
I could grab that word and add it into my search to see if that helps me get even more
focused with my results. So all of this information, even though once
you — when you first look at it, it might not seem too super useful,
it can be. And then you’ve got the PDFas well, to help
you, that you can kind of skim through,
and figure out, again, if it’s going to be helpful and useful for your research. JSTOR also doesn’t have an abstract, which
you’ll see in some of the next tool that we look at. The last thing I’ll point out, articles about
the same topic, those are kind of like, if you’re shopping online and “if you liked this, you might like this
other product,” so this is kind of the database’s way of trying
to help you find other relevant resources based on those
topics that are assigned or subjects that are assigned to the resource. So, again, JSTOR can be helpful. It’s going to have a bit of a broader scope,
in terms of what’s included, so not just literary results, articles, but
things from other humanities fields and sciences and social sciences,
so that can be helpful, but just know you’ll have to be a little more precise in how you
search it, and how you filter those results. So, I’m going to close all this out
and just go back to the library’s website. Here. And so from here, we looked at Bloom’s,
We looked at Gale. We looked at JSTOR. And now we’re going to do some searching within
the Discover search box. So, a quick note is — I want to just mention
— is that Discover is not a database itself. It’s not a collection. It’s a search engine that is used to search
as many of those databases that we looked at before
and others at once, as it possibly can. There are some cases where we might have a
collection and those results, those collections are not included in search results
and that’s more about publishers and vendors not wanting to kind of share their information. So Discover can be a really useful place to
search, but there might also be other collections
that have useful things that you can’t get to through it,
so it’s still useful to go to some of those individual databases, especially the ones
that we looked at today, that you know are good for literary topics and focuses;
So here, I was going to show an example search. I’m going to do a literary search, but I want
to show, kind of an example of the phrase searching,
so, a short story I’ll use as an example is “Gorilla, My Love,” by Toni Cade Bambara,
so if I typed in just the title of the work, no quotes to keep it together as a phrase,
no author’s information, no additional words that kind of help
determine the context of these words in my search,
you’ll see that I’ll get quite a bit of results. So I got almost 37,000, which is, in some
ways, that’s great that there’s that many resources
out there, but you know, we can’t look through all of
those, and sift through all of those to see what’s
most relevant or useful. So the first few results actually the primary
source itself, so this collection of short stories
and then you can see, based on the icons in the search results that they are different
types of formats included. So I’ve got a couple of books, a journal article,
but then as we kind of scroll down, even within the first page of results,
I’m getting some that maybe aren’t relevant or that maybe just have those keywords that
I searched So again we have is the title and a bit of
publication information beneath it, so it’s a little bit more difficult to determine
if this is focused on my research or my literary work. So it can be helpful to come back up to my
search box, add some quotes around that,
and type in the name of the author, maybe, as another option. But we can just do the phrase search first. And see how that limited our results down
to about 400. So I got rid of most of them,
and we’ve got 400 results that include that phrase. So that’s, again, just another way to make
your search a little bit more specific
so you can spend your time actually looking at resources that are going to be more relevant
for you. The same tools and filters are available in
Discover, so you can choose the format type,
if you need those scholarly or peer-reviewed articles, you can choose that option. You can play with the date range, if you need
something published a little bit more recently. And then the last one I’ll point out is this
subject option. I’m going to open this up to show all of them. I really like this one. It’s similar to the topics that we saw in
JSTOR, so these resources have been tagged with these
different subjects, but to me it’s helpful to use to come up with
other search terms, other phrases, other ideas for focusing my research
So for example, if you wanted to focus on black feminism within Toni Cade Bambara’s work, you could choose that as a subject,
or you could come up and put it– drop it in your search box. So, again, lots of different ways to approach it. Not really any right or wrong way,
but these are all just tools, kind of designed to help throughout the process. So just really briefly, I’ll show an example
article in Discover. It can be…if you’re looking for articles,
you’ll want to pay attention to that for the PDF full text,
or any mention of the words “full text,” know that you can actually access the article, and then it’s also a filter on the left side of the screen. So if you want to make sure you sure you can
get to the results right away, you can choose that option. So, same idea, I’m going to select the title, I’ve got a little bit more publication information. This one’s coming from the journal,
African American Review. So all of this is helpful and I’ve got tools
to send this to myself via email, save it to my Google Drive,
so that I can kind of keep up with it as I go. And because this article has the full text
displayed in HTML, I can just view it on this website here,
or I can go over to PDFoption, open that, and see it, again, formatted in typeset,
how it appeared in the journal. The last thing I’ll point out about this.. Sometimes within this article page — or this
record page — is where you might see an abstract, or something that lets you know
what the article will cover. This one doesn’t appear to have one, probably
because it’s pulling from another database, from JSTOR, the one we just looked at,
but in other cases, you may see an abstract, which can also kind of help you save some time in determining what’s going to be useful for you. So again, just to kind of summarize,
as I stop sharing my screen, just that we looked at JSTOR, which was a
little bit broader, and then we looked at Discover, which searches
pretty much everything, and those are all different tools you can
use depending upon the context of your search. And in some cases, it may just be easier to
go straight to those literary databases and use them. So I’m going to …I guess I will pass the
ball, the presentation mode back to Scott, who is going to advance us to our last slide
and we can just wrap up from there with just a couple of logistical last minute
things. Okay great, so the last thing I want to touch
on is we value your feedback
We are always looking for ways to improve these to make them a little bit more engaging,
so feel free to give us your feedback at this URL. We provided our contact information at the
beginning of the webinar, so feel free email either of us with any questions that you might
have, or issues that might come up while you’re researching,
and then are also many ways to get in touch with us through the library’s website,
so feel free to start a chat session, visit us at any campus library in person,
call us, again, we’re here as Scott mentioned earlier,
to help out with with these issues an with your research, so please don’t hesitate
to reach out. And with that, I’ll open it up to any questions,
and if not… Thank you very much for attending or listening
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