Library Orientation


Welcome everybody to the Library
Orientation Workshop. My name is Amanda Bezet and I am one of the reference
librarians here at the NCU Library. This workshop will familiarize you with the
Library’s website and will provide instruction on how to access the
Library’s Research Resources and services. We do have a number of learning
objectives tonight which are located on our workshop outline. If you don’t have
the workshop outline in front of you if you’re attending live, or if you are
viewing this as a recorded session you can access the workshop outline at any
time by going to Research Help, Learn the Library and then going over to the
left-hand side to the Library Workshop Videos drop down menu. At that point you
will see all of the workshop outlines as well as the transcripts. So if you click
on the outlines you will see all of the outlines for each of our recorded
workshops and all the recordings are right here under Library Workshop Videos. So I’m going to return to the Library’s
homepage. Those learning objectives that were located on that workshop outline
are to effectively navigate the Library’s website and linked pages,
access the Library’s Research Process guide, access and use the Library’s
Roadrunner Search. We’ll do an example of searching in Roadrunner, however I
highly recommend Searching 101 and Searching 102 as follow-ups to this
workshop. Those workshops will really go over how to effectively search in the
Library’s Roadrunner Search. We’re also going to access databases and other
Research Resources, locate links to video tutorials and other instructional
material in the Learn the Library guide which is what we just saw actually when
I pointed out the workshop outlines. We’ll identify when it’s appropriate to use
the Interlibrary Loan service and see how to do so. And then finally we’re
going to talk about all the different ways to contact the Library. So let’s go
ahead and begin. The first thing I want to talk about is the Library login.
If you notice in the upper right corner you see it the word logout with a closed
the lock icon and then my name. You should see the same for yourself as well.
Now when you do see that you know that you are effectively logged in and you’re
able to access all of the Library’s resources and use all of our databases.
Now the best way to get to this screen first of all is to go through your
learner portal and then click the link for the Library at the top of the screen.
So again you’ll come to this Library homepage and see that you are properly
authenticated. Once you are here again you’re able to use all the Library’s
resources. However there are two exceptions. There are two resources that
do require additional logins. One is our Interlibrary Loan service for retrieving
articles that are unavailable in full-text from the NCU Library. You will
need a personal account for that. The other is using the Library’s RefWorks
citation management or reference management software. RefWorks allows you
to store article citations and to properly format them in APA Style. So if
you wanted to use RefWorks we do have a full workshop on that. But i just wanted
to point out at this point that you do need an additional login for RefWorks.
Other than that everything else is freely accessible once you are here on
this screen and you see your name in the upper right. So let’s talk about first of
all the different ways to get in contact with the Library. You’ll see our staffed
hours down here on the lower right. So we are open 7 days a week and we’re open
until 9:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time Monday through Thursday and then Friday
through Sunday we do close at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. There’s a variety
of ways to get in contact with us. First of all you can use the Ask a Librarian
service which we will see a little bit more closely once we talk about our
services. You can email us with your question.
You can chat live. This has become very popular. It works particularly well if
you have a very quick question. “Hey can you direct me to this area of the
Library? I’m having trouble finding this particular article.” So it doesn’t work so
well if you need in-depth research assistance. But chat has become very, very
popular. There are no software downloads to use this chat. It’s just an instant
live chat box. Of course you can call us. And you can also text us. But it is even
more restrictive than chat so I don’t imagine this will be a very popular way
to get in touch with us. Finally you can set up an individual research
consultation which we will discuss a little bit later as well. So now that
we’ve seen how to properly login and how to contact us, let’s start talking about
our actual content starting with our Research Resources drop-down menu.
The Research Resources drop-down menu is going to provide a gateway to all of our
subscription and open access resources. So we’re going to start with the A-to-Z
Databases. If you notice, we also have a quick link to those A-to-ZDatabases
right here on this navigation bar. But you can also access it under Research
Resources. A-to-ZDatabases actually replaced the old databases page and
this is much more sophisticated. This allows you to filter our subscription
databases by subjects, types, vendors. You can search the databases. You can view
the alphabetical listing. Or you can view our Popular Databases. So these are the
most frequently used databases on the right-hand side of the screen and
sometimes students will just say “hey where are the Popular Databases? They used
to be listed on your homepage.” This is where they are. So they’re still very easily
accessible. So let’s take a look at some of those Popular Databases. One being,
let’s see, let’s go down to the EBSCOhost databases. And I point this one
out simply because this is our largest database provider, EBSCOhost. So you
see that it offers access to sixteen individual databases within EBSCOhost.
So I’m going to click on that quickly just so you can see what happens. You’re able
to search any of the databases within EBSCOhost either singly or together.
So if I click on Choose Databases, you’ll see all of the databases available from
EBSCOhost and you can pick and choose what you would like to search. But you
could select all of them or you could deselect them and pick and choose the
databases that you wanted to search together.
If you hovered over the database title, you could have got a brief description
of that. But I just wanted to quickly point out EBSCOhost just because it
is such a large database and you are able to pick and choose databases within
that. We continue scrolling down on our Popular Databases you’ll also see
ProQuest Central. Sometimes students will say “oh I need to access ProQuest.”
This is the largest ProQuest subscription database that we have. So ProQuest
central will be the one that you want to go to if you’re just trying to access
ProQuest or “regular” ProQuest. That is also a large multidisciplinary database.
We have a number of additional databases listed under here. And again like I said,
you can filter that by subject. And we will see how to link specifically to
subject specific databases in a moment. You can also filter it by the type of
database. So if you know that you want databases that provide e-books,
for example, you could do that here. Or like I said, you’ll see that very shortly we’ll
link you to this. You can also search by vendor so if you know that you’re trying
to access a particular EBSCOhost database but you’re not sure which one
it is, you can filter by EBSCOhost. You can also search within the
databases as well. So if you know that you wanted a ProQuest database you could
type in ProQuest and then you can see all of the offerings from ProQuest.
So ProQuest has actually 43 databases and like I said, most of those are searched
within ProQuest Central. So that would be searching Newstream, Computing, etc.
There’s just a couple that are separate like the ProQuest Dissertations and
Theses which we will talk about. So that is kind of a quick overview of the A-to-Z
Databases page. Let’s return to the Library’s homepage and go back to our
Research Resources drop down. Find an Article is going to take you to just the
databases in the Library that provide articles. So most of the Library’s
databases provide articles. It looks like 76 of them do. But this will eliminate
any e-book or video database just in case you want to try to get familiar with ones
that are just providing scholarly journal articles. Next Find an E-Book
is going to look very similar to you. It’s always going to the A-to-Z
Databases but this time it’s filtered to just those e-book databases. So you’ll see
that right here highlighted. So we just provide a link directly to those e-book
databases. We do have a number of e-book databases I would like to point out. One
of our most popular ones or our largest one called Ebrary. Ebrary is a
multidisciplinary e-book database with over a hundred thousand titles. So it’s a
really good starting point for research in a particular area. Sometimes you’ll
have course assignments as well which will ask you to find a book chapter or
find a book. This is a good starting point because it is the largest e-book
database that we have. So you see that I already had some search terms up in the
top of the screen. It retained that from a little bit earlier.
If you notice I do have quotation marks around that term “online learning.”
This is a very common research technique called phrase searching. You will learn more
about it in Searching 101. But let’s just do a quick search in Ebrary for
“online learning.” Once we get our results screen, you will see the book covers as
well as a link to access the book, and also the table of contents if you want
to get a better idea about what that book contains before you jump into it.
So let’s just say I’m interested in this one Designing Online Learning: A Primer
for Librarians. It would be very appropriate for me. So if I click on it, it’s first
going to bring me to an informational screen. It has the bibliographic
information on the right-hand side, the publication information. It tells you
hoq many pages you can copy, how many pages you can print, and if the resource is
available for a full download. So these are restrictions set by the publishers
themselves, so in this case Pearson Education, not something set by Ebrary or
the NCU Library. And that’s just to cut down on any copyright infringement.
Now the fact that it says it’s available for a full download that’s fine, but I want
to communicate that it’s not necessary at all to download the book. At any point,
you can read the book online by clicking Read Online. It will take you into that
book you can use the markers in the upper right to flip page by page.
You can search within the book on the left hand side or jump directly to an area
within the table of contents. So if I’m interested in Student Assessment in
Online Learning, I can click on that chapter and there I am right inside that
book. Now there are some additional features that Ebrary has and we do have
some quick tutorial videos that will assist you with that. The last thing
I want to point out about Ebrary is save to my Bookshelf feature which
you’ll see right here if you hover over this icon it says add to my bookshelf or
“Add to Bookshelf.” So what I’m going to do is click on that. Oh that’s strange. Typically you don’t need to sign in.
Okay, that was strange. I think it somehow had timed me out so I
apologize for that. You don’t need to sign in. So let’s give this one more try.
Let me go into that book, same book, where we were before. I’ll read it online and now I’m gonna
try this again. Okay so now it says successfully added to the bookshelf.
I’m not sure what happened before. Like I said I think my session in Ebrary
might have timed out since I was in here earlier. Okay so it added it to my
bookshelf. In the upper right hand corner it says Bookshelf. If I click on that
that’s going to take me directly to my saved books so I can access them any
time. And you can access yours any time throughout your program at NCU and
actually beyond since alumni do get access to Ebrary. Okay so here we are on
my bookshelf. You don’t need to sign in to create this personal bookshelf
because Ebrary recognizes you as a unique user. Every time you go through
your my.ncu.edu and then go through the Library, it recognizes you as a
unique user. Okay so there’s no account to create here when setting up your
bookshelf. So here we see all the books that I have added, as well as all the
ones I have in my folders that I’ve created. If you wanted to add a new
folder you could do so over here on the left. So I’ll create a folder for Online
Learning and add my folder. And now I can move this book that I saved on online
learning into that account, into that folder rather, Online Learning.
So I don’t want to spend any more time here in Ebrary since this is just a broad
overview of the Library. But it was important to point out this resource.
Another e-book database I do want to point out is called SAGE Research
Methods. And the reason why I point this out is because this is a reference book
database specifically for research methodology. So if you are a doctoral
student if you’re going to be writing a dissertation, you will need to know about
your research methodology. And this is the best resource for that. So let me go
ahead and click on SAGE Research Methods. You have the ability to search for your
particular methodology whether it’s quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods.
You can conduct keyword searches, or once this finally loads for us you’ll see
that you have a Methods Map. If I go to the Research Tools, the Methods Map will
allow you to explore the research methods terrain, looking at definitions
of key terminology and discovering content relevant to your research
methods journey. They also provide reading lists created by other users.
The Project Planner might be one of the most valuable tools here as well because it
will go through the stages of the Research Process starting with the
philosophy of research, finding a topic, reviewing the literature, developing a
research question, research design, etc. So this is a really great guide on the
Research Process. But keep in mind that it does not have any specifics to
Northcentral University. So you definitely will use this in conjunction with the
Dissertation Center and those guides in terms of knowing what is required of
your dissertation. It looks like we do have a question. Okay so I believe this
was for the Ebrary database. Is there a maximum amount
of books that you can save to the bookshelf? Stephen that’s a great
question. I’m not aware that there is any maximum, but I can certainly look into
that. Let me show you one more search in SAGE Research Methods. Let’s say you are
looking for information on how to conduct online surveys, just as an
example. Perhaps you’re using a survey as your test instrument in your
dissertation, in your study. This says “Online surveys,” basically provides
a definition. And then you’re starting to get your content. So we see content
coming from a Project Planner, an encyclopedia, a journal article.
There’s also videos here which will sometimes provide a nice overview of that research
methodology. This is coming from the SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods.
So if I wanted to take a look at this overview on online surveys, I could click on that
and then we’ll be in that full text content. So if we scroll down, we’ll see
the abstract, the introduction, etc. And you can also download PDFs. I’m going to
close out of SAGE Research Methods and go back to the Library’s website.
We’re now at the Find a Video page. Find a Video will of course take us to that
A-to-Z databases screen that we are now familiar with. But it has limited it to
just academic video collections that we provide. Sometimes videos will be
assigned in your coursework or maybe you just want to search for a video on your
own to supplement your own research. We do have a number of databases here with
videos. Academic Video Online Premium and Films on Demand would be the largest
video collections, but there are a number of others. SAGE is pretty pretty large as
well. And SAGE video you can search them all at once, or if you just wanted the
Business, Counseling and Psychotherapy, Education, or Psychology, you could go
into those collections as well. Under Find a Video we’re going to go
to Find a Resource. And this is kind of going to change course. We’re now no longer
in those A-to-Z Databases. And this tool is going to be very, very important for
you because this is the easiest way to locate a particular journal or book
within the Library. If your publication is available the results screen will
tell you which years you have access to and in which databases. It may also
indicate whether or not the journal is peer-reviewed. So let’s look at an
example of this. Before I do that I want to point out that this Find a Resource
is also available right here in the center of the Library’s home screen.
So when you’re on the home page, it’s defaulting to the Roadrunner Search,
but you can access Find a Resource very easily by clicking on that tab.
This is the same search box as we accessed right up here. This one just has some more
options. So let’s say we’re interested in the Journal of Online Teaching and
Learning. So perhaps professor recommended this
journal or you identified it as a key journal in your field and you want to
know how to access it. You couldn’t possibly look through every
database to see which database has it. This directory will direct you to which
database to go to. So let’s take a look. Our results screen will let us know if
we have access to it. Certainly if we see it show up in the results screen, we do.
If you see zero results here, double check your spelling for that journal.
Double check your punctuation. Maybe if you’re using an ampersand instead of the
word “and,” something like that, change it up and give it a try. You could also
search by ISSN. So the ISSN is the serial number for a journal which you could
easily find online and just kind of double check that way if you get zero
results. But if you are truly getting zero results then that means
unfortunately the Library does not subscribe to that publication. And I can
honestly say that does not happen a lot. We subscribe to
hundreds of thousands of publications so sometimes it’s hard to even look at an
example of something we don’t have. But if you have zero results, rest assured
you can always request content through Interlibrary Loan which we will see.
So here we see that the Journal of Online Teaching and Learning is a peer-reviewed
publication. Sometimes you’ll see the image of the journal cover here.
And this is available 2005 to present, Freely Accessible Social Science Journals.
So it looks like this one is actually an open access resource. I’m going to click on
the ProQuest link, however, just to show you an example of what happens when you
link out to a particular journal. You will come to the journal’s homepage.
Depending on the publisher or the database, that page is going to look
different. Two things that you should see in common though regardless of who
publishes or distributes is the way to browse by issue. So if I wanted to go to
a particular issue, I could do so. Or I could search within the publication.
Find a Resource can also be used for finding particular books. So you could just say
books only and put in the book title that you’re looking for. If the Library
does not subscribe to a particular book that you’re looking for, and it’s not a
required course textbook, it’s just a supplemental resource, you can request a
book chapter through Interlibrary Loan. Unfortunately we cannot provide the full
book due to copyright restrictions. But you can request a chapter.
And you can always contact the Library if you need help with that process.
So let’s return to the Library’s home page. We’ve seen everything through Find a Resource.
Let’s go to Dissertation Resources. It takes us back to the a A-Z Databases
page that we know and love. And this time, our databases are limited just to dissertations.
So here if we wanted to access dissertations from all over the
world, over 1.7 million, we would go into ProQuest Dissertations and Theses.
If we just wanted Northcentral University dissertations we have two options.
The ProQuest option is what I prefer since you’re able to do more advanced searching.
But you also have this NCU dissertations link which is basically an
institutional repository. This would be a good way to look at NCU
dissertations just if you wanted to browse by what is recently completed in
a particular school. So here they’re updated through February
of this year and you can see some of those dissertations and actually access
the full-text. Okay let me click on ProQuest
Dissertations and Theses Global just so you can see that screen as well.
If I were interested in dissertations on online learning, I could do a simple
search here. I could also do an Advanced Search if I wanted to. All of these
dissertations are going to be in full text. And this is going to be very
important especially if you are a doctoral student because this will help
you not only to find other references that you might not have come across in
your own research, so you could look at other students references. This will also
help you with how they did their literature review, what research
methodology they used, what test instruments they used, etc. So here I could
continue narrowing my search or I could maybe sort them by the most recent first
if I wanted to see the most recent dissertation on this topic. Then you do
have the ability to look at the full text dissertation. Keep in mind these are
large documents. Unlike an article which may be 20 to 30 pages, the dissertation
might be 100, 200, 300 pages. You also have a 25 page preview and of course the
abstract and details page which will tell you more about that particular
dissertation. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses also includes masters theses. Returning to the Library’s website, we do
have a guide on open access resources. So it will have, let’s see here, let me click
on that tab. This is a newer guide. So it does have open access career resources,
public domain images, video resources, article repositories. So a lot of
different open access resources included here and then a little open access video
which explains what open access is. We do also have a number of other
websites pertinent to NCU specializations. I’ll show you where those are located.
Those are in their own specialization guides. Finally the last link here is for
the Alumni Resources. After you graduate from Northcentral University, luckily
you retain a lot of access to Library databases.
We can’t unfortunately due to licenses and funding provide you with everything
that current students have, but if you look on the left hand side you’ll see
all of the alumni databases. So you will be able to access any of these resources here.
Okay so we’ve covered everything under Research Resources. And that really
took the most time because we were looking at all of those subscription
databases. But now we’re going to continue on to Research Help and
continue going this way. And it’s not going to take as much time as Research Resources.
So I’m going to go to the Learn the Library area. This provides
Library instructional videos, tutorials, and additional resources on the left hand side.
At the beginning of the workshop, we saw how to go to the Library
Workshop recordings, the outlines, as well as the transcripts. If you are viewing
this as a recorded session, we also welcome feedback on the workshop itself.
So here you can go to the Library Workshop Feedback link. Click on that and
it’s just a really brief survey letting us know what you thought. If you’re
taking this as a live session, you’ll receive a really brief email tomorrow
asking you to complete the survey. But you can also do so for any of our
recorded sessions. We do have some quick tutorial videos. These are divided into
QuickStart Videos which would be our recommendations for starting out, as well
as Research Skills, quick tutorial videos that pertain to particular databases.
So sometimes these database ones are created by the Library staff, by the
librarians, other times they’re create by the vendors. So you’ll see two
different types here. If I can point out a couple that I really highly recommend,
the first one is Search Like an Expert. Search Like an Expert is sort of a
condensed version of Searching 101. I highly recommend the Searching 101
workshop which you can access here. But if you need a reminder or you’re in
a time crunch, Search Like an Expert is going to be a really good resource.
Another resource that can be particularly helpful is a tutorial
called Scholarly vs. Peer Reviewed Journals. So this tutorial will review
the differences between scholarly and peer-reviewed journals, demonstrate how
to limit your search results, and demonstrate how to determine if
a particular journal is peer-reviewed using our Ulrichsweb database.
So Ulrichsweb is something that you can go to and type in a journal name and then
determine if it is a peer-reviewed journal. So I do recommend those resources.
We also have Learn RefWorks in 20 minutes.
RefWorks was the resource I mentioned at the beginning which allows you to store
citations to articles, books, reports, etc. and then generate APA formatted
references lists. So if you’d like to learn that, we do have a full-length
workshop which I do highly recommend. But this is a quick start for that.
The Interlibrary Loan tutorial will go over how to create your Interlibrary Loan
account and learn that and submit requests. And we’ll see a quick example as well.
And then our Library Website Quick Tutorial you folks probably don’t
need because you’re actually in the workshop. Okay next under Research Help are the
Library guides. These are new and improved from what they used to be.
And this is going to be a really, really great way to get familiar with the
resources in your particular discipline. So if I were to go by subject, for example,
I could scroll down and look at Education. And we see right now there are
31 education guides. And that is for each and every specialization at Northcentral University.
But let me show you an example. Let’s say that you are
interested in instructional leadership. I’m going to click on the Instructional
Leadership guide. Let’s say this is your specialization you’re going to see which
databases we recommend for that subject. Journals, so here are selected journals
that relate to instructional leadership, as well as top-ranked education journals.
You’ll see news and magazines. So you’ll see selected, sometimes you’ll
see selected specialized news sites, and then there’s these just general
education news websites. Reports, the same with that. You may see specialized
reports, as well as resources, general resources, for educational reports.
Books, and with the books you’ll actually see those book covers. Of course you’ll link
out to that full text content. Background information, which is typically e-books as
well that will be like encyclopedias, handbooks, maybe even dictionary entries, etc.
Dissertations. We’ve included videos, websites, and this is where I was telling
you all of those other open access resources are, within the individual guides.
So here are the selected websites for instructional leadership. So this may
include professional organizations, maybe government websites, that sort of thing.
Not too many if any commercial websites you’ll see here. We also have a page
here for finding education statistics. So whether or not these areas
all exist in the other Library guides, I’m not sure. But the education ones are
the ones that I have created. Also we have a guide for Organizing Research and Citations.
This is part of every Library guide and it will actually link out in a new tab.
And this is all about how to go about organizing your research. So you’ll
see an area for APA Style FAQs, Organizing Research and Citations,
Database Citations, RefWorks which we talked about, Database Alerts, Academic Writing,
Copyright, NCU Academic Honestly Policy. So a lot of information
in this particular guide. So going back to the Library’s website, we looked at
the Library Guides. Next I want to go to the Research Process. This is a very
important guide because this offers an introduction to the Research Process at
a very general level and it provides a broad overview of that, starting with an
introduction on the left-hand side. You can navigate to different areas like
Finding a Research Topic if you’re at that point in time and you really need
some extra pointers on how to go about finding a topic. Definitely explore this area.
Next determining what type of information you need and how to evaluate
that information. Look at primary and secondary sources, academic and popular
sources, etc. So you will see all of those areas here on the left.
What is scholarly research? Preparing to Search is a very important
section you’ll see that of course over here on the left as well.
Preparing to Search will go over all of those search techniques that we use
in Searching 101 and Searching 102. So if you need a reminder, “hey how do I do a
phrase search? I know she talked about that when she demonstrated Ebrary.”
You’ll see a reminder of how to conduct a phrase search using those quotation marks.
We have Reading a Scientific Article, how to find similar resources.
Oftentimes if you have one article you can use that as a launching point to
find similar related articles. This goes over that. Special areas for Resources
for a Literature Review, talking about the literature gap, particular resources
that you can use, systematic reviews, finding seminal works, those very crucial articles
that made a big breakthrough in the field. Resources for Dissertation Research,
so if you need information on researching theoretical frameworks,
finding your research methodology, locating tests and measurements.
By the way, we do have a whole workshop on finding tests and measurements. But this
page is a really good starting point. Okay so that was the Research Process guide
which we accessed right here. You can also access it under Library Guides.
Next is the Information Literacy Tutorial. I’m not going to go into that resource.
But this is a way to look at your overall information literacy skills.
So information literacy basically is the ability to recognize what type of
information you need, find that information, synthesize and evaluate that information,
and then effectively use that information in a legal and ethical manner.
So it encompasses a lot more than just Library research. But this guide will
step you through information literacy. And you will receive immediate feedback
on the questions that it asks you, letting you know if you answer them correctly.
At the end of the tutorial, you may email your final score to yourself
and/or your instructor. The next thing under Research Help is Ask a Librarian.
We also see that over here on the right-hand side. Either way it will get
you to this same page. And it’s much more sophisticated than our old Ask a Librarian
system because it first allows you to look for your question. Maybe your
question is “How do I determine if a particular journal is peer-reviewed?”
That is a popular question. And you’ll see that located right here at the top.
But you can also search for your question. So if you are, let’s see, maybe you have a
question on APA Style. So we’re not the primary source for APA Style, learning
APA, that is the Academic Success Center. But we do have a number of APA FAQs
just for your convenience. So let’s say I wanted to know how I can cite an image
in APA Style, for example. I could click there and it will take me directly to that FAQ.
So as you’re navigating through these frequently asked questions, I think
you will learn a lot. But you are, of course, welcome to ask us. Maybe you have
a question that relates specifically to your own research. At that point you’re
going to want to click Ask a Librarian on the right hand side and it will bring
you to this simple form. So you’ll type your question provide, additional details
if necessary. The course code and assignment are optional. You can put in
your email, your name, and then select which school you are in. And then you
will submit your question. Quite honestly this is probably one of the best ways to
get in contact with the Library staff because we are always looking for these
Ask a Librarian questions that are coming in. So they would even take
precedence to phone calls in most cases. The other benefit to this is you can
submit this question 24/7. Of course we’re not staffed 24/7. We saw our hours
at the beginning of the presentation. Just send that question and we’ll get to
that the first thing the next business day. Okay so I’m going to close out of
Ask a Librarian. Next we’re going to move on to Services. We also have it listed
under Ask a Librarian just because we want you to
get there however possible. Research consultations I mentioned earlier.
This is a way to set up a one-on-one individualized session with a reference
librarian, so myself or one of the other reference librarians. Now these are most
beneficial to doctoral students who are already familiar with the search
techniques outlined in the Searching 101 workshop (and, in fact, that is a
requirement to make sure you have viewed that workshop and understood), have a
clearly identified research topic, and have already done significant research
on your own. So in other words, the research consultation would not be an
introduction to the Library or a Searching 101 session. We do have a number
of policies related to the service. And then if you wanted to schedule your
appointment, you could do so there. Next is Interlibrary Loan. And I’m going to
skip that for now because I’m just going to show you how to enter it through the
Roadrunner Search when we get our search results. Library workshops, this takes you
to our live workshop schedule which I assume you all are familiar with because
you made it here tonight. And then this page on Library Disability Services
simply provides a summary of available services, as well as the full-text
NCU Library Resources: A Guide for ADA Accessibility. The next area over is the
About Us guide. This just provides additional information on the Library.
There’s our associate librarian Kristin. And we have our mission statement,
policies, services, resources. And then if you wanted to find out more about the
staff members, you could do so here. Finally we’ve already seen the A-Z Databases.
So that’s going to jump us into our Roadrunner Search. So Roadrunner
Search is a way to search most of the Library’s content
simultaneously. So this will include articles, e-books, videos, etc.
Some databases, however, contain information that cannot be displayed in the
Roadrunner Search interface. It excludes databases with special content such as
Mergent Online and Statista. However, that being said, using Roadrunner Search
is a great starting point for any research. And the search strategies that
are used in Roadrunner can apply to other databases as well. But like I said, this
is always my starting point. So just as an example, let’s look for “online
learning.” Again we’re using the quotation marks to search for that as an exact
phrase. If I wanted to, I could put the scholarly and peer-reviewed journal
limiter on. Of course that would eliminate any other types of resources
from our search results. And we’re not going to really discuss the search
results page in-depth or how to narrow down our searches. Again that will be in
Searching 101. But what I do want to point out is that a number of the
articles will have the PDF full-text document right there available for you
whereas other articles will have the article linker. And depending on the
database or the resource, you may see different types of article linkers.
But what they do, and here is an article linker for Eric, what they do is they
check the rest of the Library’s databases to see if that content is
available in full-text. So let’s click on that and see what happens.
We have one of two options. We will link directly to that full text content or
we’ll get a screen telling us that it’s unavailable. And at that point we can
request an Interlibrary Loan. In this case, it did link to the full-text,
I believe it’s still loading, in the Taylor and Francis
database. But let’s try to look at an example where it
does not resolve to the full-text. I’m gonna look at an older one just so I can
see an example because it’s super tricky to find an example of content that we
don’t get in the Library. So these are really, really old. Let me go ahead and
click on this one. Okay so this is the other example I wanted to show you. This
is the other outcome. If you come to the screen it says “it may not be available
at the NCU Library please use the options below to get it.” So you can
double check for access using the Search for Journal or Book Title feature
which we did see earlier. That was the Find a Resource tool. We can search Google Scholar.
Sometimes things that are that old will be open access. But what I want
to show you is the Interlibrary Loan request. If you are a new user, you will
do First Time User Registration and just follow the instructions. If you are a
current user and you access InterLibrary Loan through those search results,
it will actually populate all of the information for you in that request.
Then all I need to do is enter which course I’m currently enrolled in and press
submit request. Once that InterLibrary Loan request is filled, you will receive
an email letting you know that your full-text article is available within
your Interlibrary Loan account. And you’ll access it under the
Electronically Received Articles. So it will give you an expiration date.
And all that means is you have to save the PDF to your own computer before that
expiration date. After that point, it will disappear from your InterLibrary Loan account.
So again, if you need more information we have a full InterLibrary
Loan and Alternatives workshop, as well as a quick tutorial video on
Interlibrary Loan. So that’s what I wanted to show you in terms of the
Roadrunner Search, how to access your full-text content or place a request if
you do not go to that full-text content. So I’m going to close out the Roadrunner Search
and just point out a couple of additional features that were not
included elsewhere on the Library. One is the Resource of the Month and,
in this case, it’s our new A-to-Z Databases. We typically feature an individual database
but we wanted people to get familiar and more comfortable with a new A-to-Z Databases.
We have our What’s New area where we post our announcements. And it
is basically a drop-down so you can just click on that to view that announcement.
We have some of our most popular Library workshops here. But honestly I recommend
because sometimes this doesn’t get updated as frequently as the Learn the
Library guide, I recommend accessing the workshops on the Learn the Library guide.
And that really brings us to the conclusion of tonight’s workshop. Just as
a reminder, if we go to the Learn the Library page and go to the Library
Workshop Videos, you can provide feedback on the workshop recording if you are
viewing this as a recorded session. I thank everybody so much for joining me
today and I hope that this session has been helpful. And I hope to see you in
future workshops.

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