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>> EMILY ADAMS: Welcome everyone to tonight's webinar. My name is Emily Adams. I am one of the Reference Instruction Librarians here at Walden Library. Joining me tonight is Andrea Lemieux, one of our other fabulous librarians. Tonight, we will talk about journals. We will go in-depth about journals in the library. Hopefully, we find this fascinating, but, hopefully, you also find this fascinating.
Real quickly, let me talk about the Mysteries of the Library: Revealed! series we do. This is our monthly webinar we do on a library topic and it is our deep dive into specific topics of the library. We keep them to half an hour and start at 8:30 Eastern time and the next webinar is Library Databases which is a fun topic to learn about. That is August 20th and you mark your calendars for that. I will -- now that you've seen we're real people -- will turn off my webcam so we can focus on presentation.
We will get started. Our goal tonight is to help you understand journals and how to get to them. Really understand journals and library. We will talk a little bit about identifying academic journals. What they are and what they are not. We will talk how to access journals in the library and access individual journals.
And, lastly, Andrea will share a wonderful tip about setting up a journal alerts which is helpful when you're doing research on a specific topic. With that, let's talk academic journals.
Academic journals are fun things. They are not things you run into in your day-to-day life unless you are in academia. I will get into what they are not. What they are, they are published periodically. They are, generally, published monthly, quarterly and sometimes twice a year and sometimes yearly. It depends on the publisher.
What you will notice when looking at an academic journal citation is it does have a volume and issue number which is how you keep track of which individual issue of a journal you are looking at.
They also contain pretty much focus on research studies. You will not find much else. Sometimes you will find book reviews or editorials, but really their focus is on sharing research in their field. And they do have a very narrow focus. Most of them.
But, generally, speaking, there will be Journal of Educational Psychology or Journal of Advanced Nursing. You see from the title you can tell what the focus is and whether or not it is relevant to you. Even though academic journals and magazines look very similar, they're all of the standard size, soft covers, you can flip through them. Academic journals are very different from magazines.
Magazines are really focused on being accessible to everyone. They are targeted at a very general audience and usually have lots of pretty pictures. They, generally, have a ton of ads and they are easy for anyone to pick up and read.
Academic journals do not really fall into that category. When you think magazines, you may think of Time magazine or Newsweek. Something you pick up in your doctor's office while waiting and flip through. It is easy to pick up a few things.
Trade journals are another type of periodic publications. They look like academic journals and magazines, but they are a little different in that trade publications are really focused on working professionals. People working in a field.
They have background in the field. They know what is going on. They are a way to keep up on new trends, new products, industry news. Often published by professional organization and they will have, like magazines, they will have advertisements targeted at professionals in a specific field.
Academic journals you are really not going to find advertisements. That is not how they get their money. A couple of examples of trade publications would be like the American Bar Association Journal or Nursing Times. Hopefully, that distinction is helpful. Tonight, even though we will say journals the rest of the evening, we're talking about academic journals. We are not talking so much about magazine and trade publications, although, they are very similar.
One of the other defining characteristics of academic journals are a lot are peer reviewed. Anytime your professor asks you to find a peer-reviewed article, they're talking about an article from an academic article. I will talk about -- I will clarify not all academic journals are peer reviewed. All peer-reviewed journals are academic journals if that makes sense.
Some academic journals do not go through a peer-review process. Maybe for time constraints or budget or whatever, they do not do peer review but if a journal does put their article through that peer-review process where the articles are submitted to other experts in the field who give their opinion and send it back to the journal, those are, definitely, academic journals.
If you do download the PowerPoint to our link Evaluating Resources Guide, we have a lot more information on identifying academic journals on that guide.
Now, Andrea, why do we focus so much on academic journals at Walden or in academia in general?
>> ANDREA LEMIEUX: Emily, that is a great question and students probably wonder that when they have those requirements for the assignments or discussions. It is mostly because of the reasons you said is where that scholarly research is going to be found.
You will not find that type of research and level of research in magazines and newspapers or YouTube or any of those other resources that we are all familiar with.
That is true for undergraduates and graduates. It is getting used to looking at that type of information.
>> EMILY ADAMS: Yes. The research articles, it is important to know what people are studying and what they're finding and discovering. Just the other day, I was talking my husband. He is an economist.
He was talking about a book he's reading, and he said it is so easy to read. I slide through it. You are such an academic. You expect things to be hard to read. That is kind of how I could make journals are.
If you are reading a peer-reviewed journal article, you have to put some effort into it. They are not just super easy to read.
>> ANDREA LEMIEUX: That is funny. When we were talking about this the other day, we were trying to make an analogy of how to explain the difference between academic journals and magazines? Academic journals are CrossFit for your brain.
If there are any CrossFit people out there who like to push around tractor tires and do crazy obstacles, academic journals are right up your alley. They will exercise your brain that way.
If you think of magazines and newspapers, it is more like the gym membership you got at Christmas and you go on the treadmill once a month and listen to your favorite music. It is not really that hard to do that.
Think about it like that. CrossFit versus your Christmas gym membership.
>> EMILY ADAMS: That is perfect. Thank you. Now that we talked about what academic journals are, let's talk about how to locate them in the library. I want to keep picking Andrea's brain. Andrea, why do you point students to specific journals in the library?
>> ANDREA LEMIEUX: There are a few different reasons why you want to go to a specific journal. We will talk about those here any minute. One is if you have an article citation, that is the best way to see if we have it or even have the journal that the article is published in.
If it is a journal, it will not have the journal article. That is probably the easiest way or the most straightforward. The other reason is to stay up-to-date in your field and this applies to both undergraduate and graduate students.
That is what becoming a scholar and student means is staying up-to-date in the field.
>> EMILY ADAMS: Yeah, it really is. Journals are a good way to do that. If you think of your brick-and-mortar libraries, academic libraries, you go in and, yes, they have lots of books. In the journal section, there are rows and rows of journals.
What I'm going to show you is if you go into the library and you go to the catalog and say do you have this journal and how do I access it?
I will show you three things. I will show you the Journal Search which I have a screenshot of how to go in a search the library to see if we have a specific journal. I will show you how to browse our journals by subject area, so you can see what we have in your subject.
I will walk through a quick search in one of our Subject Databases. If you are trying to find journal articles on a specific topic, that is where you want to go is to the Subject Databases. Let me go ahead and switch over to my browser.
I am showing the Walden Library homepage, and I hope this looks familiar. On the left we have a blue button called "Journals." When you click that, it will take you too our journals search page. This is where you type in the title of the journal. You do not want to type in the title of an article. You need the title of the actual journal.
Let me go ahead and type in a journal title. I will do sport, business, and management. When I click "Search," it is going to bring up a page with possible matches. It is going to tell me if we have the full text and where we have the full text.
It comes up the first one. This is the journal I am interested in. You have to click Full Text Access link to see what we have. If you're looking for a specific article from this journal, you would come here and click Full Text Access and check out the date range to see if we have it.
If it was published between 2111 year ago, we would have the full text there article. It was published in 2005 are anything earlier, we do not have it.
I wanted to talk about the Full Text Delay, which you will see, not often, but you will see it. Publishers, because they want to make money -- imagine that -- they put a delay on full text being available in the different databases.
They will say if you want last year, have to buy the print version. It is part of their marketing, part of their business model. You will see this every once in a while the Full Text Delay and just know we have it.
You can find information about articles that were published within the last year, but you will not see the full text of it.
Any questions about getting to a specific journal before I move onto browsing by subject?
>> ANDREA LEMIEUX: I have answered most of the questions, Emily. I think we can continue to move on and that will clarify some of the answers I am giving students.
>> EMILY ADAMS: Yeah. I imagine most things will become clear as we go along. I will jump back to the library homepage to show this one more time. If you want to browse journals by subject, you come to the library homepage and click "journals." Scroll down below the find a journal by title, and you will see a place we can browse for journals. If you click this, it will take me into our search, and you will see all of these different subject areas.
If you are interested in any of these business and management, which has a big collection, and psychology and social sciences and humanities are a few others.
If you want to browse through some journals on a subject area, you can come here. Click one, and they will be ordered alphabetically by title.
You can go through and browse through and see what we have. It is an option. Browsing through 6000 journals does not always sound like that much fun. Let me show you another way to get a feel for what journals might be publishing in your field.
I will go back to the library homepage. If you are in a specific subject, for example, if you are interested in entrepreneurship and you want to know what journals are published on this topic, you come here to Subject Resources and click "select a subject" and go into business and management. Or if you do a nursing topic, you go into the nursing databases.
If you scroll down a little bit, you will see business and management databases. You can click that and go into any of these to get a feel for what is being published on the topic.
If you're looking for individual articles, this is where you come. Let me show you what you can do to recognize journals that might be of interest. I will go ahead and type in entrepreneurs.
Let's say I want to see peer-reviewed journals on this topic. You scroll down and click "peer-reviewed scholarly journals," and I click search. We can look through these and you can see the title of the journal right here below the article. Academy of Management Learning and Education. You might see some other interesting ones in the journal Entrepreneurship Education may be a journal I'm interested in. You can scroll through and here's another, and you can scroll through and see which journals are publishing on the topic.
This will come in handy later when Andrea talks about setting up journal alerts. Let me go back to my PowerPoint and make sure I covered everything. Are there any questions about what I have shown before I hand it over to Andrea?
>> ANDREA LEMIEUX: No. I think everything you covered will clarify questions that students already asked and a few unrelated questions that we will get to here shortly.
>> EMILY ADAMS: Awesome. I will hand it over to Andrea to talk about looking inside journals.
>> ANDREA LEMIEUX: Okay. If you can let me know, Emily, you are seeing the PowerPoint for my end okay?
>> EMILY ADAMS: I see the Word document. Sometimes it is tricky with the screens.
>> ANDREA LEMIEUX: Let me change out of here. I have everything a little backwards. Let me get a few more things set up here because of a little bit of a backward issue with my monitors.
Let me share this and now you can see the PowerPoint?
>> EMILY ADAMS: Yes.
>> ANDREA LEMIEUX: Great.
>> EMILY ADAMS: You may try the reader view.
>> ANDREA LEMIEUX: Okay. Let me see if I can fix this really quick.
>> EMILY ADAMS: Andrea just got a new computer.
>> ANDREA LEMIEUX: A new laptop that is a little funny with me. I may have to share it this way just because it is not really cooperating with a dual screen. I will go ahead and share it this way. We will have to make do.
We are running a little over time and do not want to take up any more time than we have to. What Emily talked about why you might want to find a particular journal.
Another reason might be that say, for instance, your instructor sends you an article citation that you want to read in full text. An article recommendation from your chair or optional reading in your course. There are reasons why you might come across a full text article and want to know if it is in the library.
The best way to do that is -- using my diminished PowerPoint -- again, my apologies for that. Right here is the way you go about doing that. It is really three steps.
You make sure that first -- we have the journal library -- that we have the date publication availability that you're looking for. The date the article was published. And then navigating to the correct volume and issue.
Emily showed you part of that. I will use this example right here. The article title is Think Entrepreneurially, entrepreneurs versus not entrepreneur’s cognitive profiles. It is in the International Journal of Entrepreneurship. If we were going to look that up -- I will move this over a little bit -- we will go to the same button Emily showed you earlier. We will go to journals and copy and paste that journal title in here like Emily showed.
And list a few different results and the first one is likely ours. We will click in Full Text Access. If you look at the citation closely enough, it is published in 2018. We need to make sure one of these databases listed here has articles from 2018.
You can see they're all up to the present day. They all publish the most recent publications from this journal.
A particular database I like and I'm very familiar with is Business Source Complete. I will click in Business Source Complete and now we see the journal publication information. Let's look at what we're looking at here.
You see some journal information is American journal and published in the United States. What is interesting is it is peer-reviewed, but it is published once a year. That is an interesting publication frequency.
We will go here where it lists all of the years and click 2018 because that is when it was published. We do not have to sort through a whole list of volumes and issues because this publication is only done once a year. We don't have to worry about anything other than clicking this first one here. We click volume 22, issue one and pretty much browse articles.
There are 10 articles in this journal and we will look for ours. We don't have to go to 10 because it's here. To access full text, we go to the PDF article right here.
I just want to remind students, we get this question frequently. I am being prompted to pay for an article or I cannot find this article in full text. Just know before you pay for an article or do any of that type of thing or search for hours upon hours, just know you should check the library first to see if we have that journal.
And if you still cannot find it, it is always great to send us a message through Ask a Librarian service because sometimes we have tips and tricks we can use to see if we can hunt down the article for you. Just know your tuition is already paying for access to all of these databases.
It will be a rare circumstance where you have to pay for an article.
Let's go back. We look through the articles that were interesting. Our field of study is in entrepreneurship. Let's go back to this publication information for this journal. Emily mentioned earlier about journal alerts.
What a journal alert simply is -- let me bring up the PowerPoint -- my diminished PowerPoint here. A journal alert is simply an email notification you get when something new is published in the journal.
For the journal article we were just looking at, it is only published once a year. If you are a dissertation student, you will be with us at Walden a couple of years. If you're an undergraduate, you will be here a couple of years.
This is your field of study. You do not want to go back and check the database once a month to see if the journal has published your issue yet. You want to read whatever is the newest and most current and that is what is great about a journal where you get an email, and it's already automatically set up for you.
What is interesting is this works for magazines, too. This is a little detour. I know we're only talk about journals tonight, but I will show you, particularly, for undergraduates how this might work with a magazine you're interested in reading.
Why are journal alerts important? Keeping up in your field but, especially, for dissertation students. I cannot tell you how important it is to do reading in your field of ideas and you will be doing concepts for your dissertation research. If you are a new dissertation student, you should sign up for journal alerts in journals that cover your field of study. Let's go back and look at how do you sign up for a journal alert?
We will go through the same processes of looking up the journal. We are here at the International Journal of Entrepreneurship. Pretty much it will be on this page. We will look around and around the top right is a share button. You will see something here that says email alert.
Business Source Complete is an EBSCO database, which EBSCO pretty much created the database, and sells it. This feature will be different if you're working in a ProQuest database. Look for something that says "share journal alert" on the actual journal page itself.
We will go to share, and you will see email alert. It does get a little tricky. I want to make sure everybody has this in their brain when they leave the webinar. If you just click "save alert," you will not get an alert. There is a little bitty text here that has email information.
You need to create an EBSCO account to be able to be sent a journal alert. If you click "sign in," you can sign in. If you set up an EBSCO account and that is what you will see there. If not, you will go up here to sign in. You can create one now. Those are your options to do that if you have an EBSCO account. If not, you can do that. Once you create your email alert, you can fill out that information and save it. You will get an email for that.
Let's look at one other title I have here. For instance, this is another magazine Entrepreneur Magazine. You see Danica Patrick NASCAR racer/driver/fancy lady on the top. If you're an undergraduate, I want to read what is current in this magazine. A lot of times when you go to the website they ask you to pay for them material.
That will give you a free few articles. We want to see if we have this magazine in the library and subscribe to journal alerts as well. We will go back.
We will start at the beginning, so we can see the whole process again. Click "journals." We copy and paste Entrepreneur Magazine in there and see if the library has it.
It is most likely this first one here. All of the other ones are not quite matching the title. We will see if we have access to full text. We have it through Business Source Complete. We click the database and you will see if we are looking at 2018, it is published monthly, so it is likely this is the magazine.
If we look at the magazine information that is not peer-reviewed -- and likely this is the correct one -- articles, interviews, business profiles. If we want to subscribe to journal alert, we click share, click email alert and sign in if we have created an EBSCO account. And if not, we will create an account to sign up for a journal alert.
Are there any questions, Emily? How to find a citation in a journal or journal alerts?
>> EMILY ADAMS: No. I think you covered it really well, Andrea.
>> ANDREA LEMIEUX: Great. Again, my apologies for my diminished PowerPoint. It is very sad. This PowerPoint would not do well.
We heard a lot of information tonight. Something if you have not noticed before on our website is we have something called "Quick Answers" which is a database of questions students frequently asked us. We created mini guides to answer student questions.
All the resources you see on your PowerPoint right now are short mini guides to answer all of your questions. If you want to set up a journal alert or search inside of a journal article, if you're looking for a specific article, you can browse them by subject as Emily covered. You can search journals by specific title.
We had a few questions about peer review come in and we can look at more information about peer review. What differentiates it from an academic journal that is not peer reviewed and what differentiates it from a magazine or newspaper.
How you identify journals and a little more about journal basics. Most of the assignments and discussions you will be working on in your courses are going to require peer-reviewed literature. Getting to be familiar with the terms peer review and journal is essential.
Again, we want to cover some of what is coming up in the series. We have 30 minutes to focus on one topic and it is great to know these things in depth and essential skills. What is coming up next month on Monday, August 20th is about individual databases.
We talked a little bit about that tonight but there are so many topics we could spend 30 minutes on a lot of different things in the library. Thoreau will be in September. Thoreau is one of our multi-database search tools and that is a great tool to know how to use in the library.
And in October, we will compile a bunch of things we have brought up to students and students pointed out to us for time-saving tips and tricks on how to use the library and find information that you need for assignments and discussions as well as for more in-depth research that our graduate students are doing.
We are just a bit over time and not bad with me fiddling with my PowerPoint. What other questions do we have, Emily? Anything we can go back to and answer?
>> EMILY ADAMS: There is a question about the recording. We are recording tonight's webinar but when it ends, I will stop the recording. Tomorrow probably around this time, you will get an email with a link to the recording. You can access this and watch it again.
Also, Andrea, would you mind showing the library website where you can access the webinar? We have been doing this webinar series about one year.
We have recordings of a bunch of these Mysteries of the Library: Revealed! webinars. If you are interested in peer review, we have one more where we talk peer review. That was fun.
If you go to the homepage and go to Library Skills, you can see there are many ways to get there. You will see the recorded webinars in the center.
We will be posting this one there along with the PowerPoint just as soon we get the recording cleaned up. Feel free to explore these.
We have a full webinar on just full text. If you're having questions like Find @ Walden or accessing full text articles is one where we talk about it.
There are a lot and some these questions seem straightforward, and you get a librarian talking about it. And then this is not quite so straightforward.
Hopefully, we answered most of your questions. I will end the recording. Thank you all for attending. As you leave, there is a feedback form, if you would like to take a couple minutes to fill it out. Let us know how we did and what you would like to see in future webinars because we are always looking for ideas of what would be helpful to you.
With that, thank you everyone for attending. I will stop the recording.
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