Transcript - Mysteries of the Library: Revealed! Subject-Specific Resources - Jul 15 2019

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>> TRACI AVET HECTOR:  We are on a roll.  Thank you again for taking time out of your schedules and coming here tonight.  We have the webinar Mysteries of The Library Field Subject Specific Resources.  There are two of us here tonight presenting.  My name is Traci Avet Hector and I'm a reference librarian here at Walden and here is Julie James the liaison librarian for nursing and sciences.  We want to do a bit of housekeeping, especially, for those who may not be attending too many library webinars or attending for the first time.  As a webinar attendee, you can click on the orange arrow to expand.  It is a toolbox and has behind the scene features you may find helpful.  One feature is the handout section which contains the slide deck for the current webinar.  Below that you should see the questions feature and it is like a chat box.  We will address your questions toward the end of the most part.

Please type the questions in as you think of them.  Do not wait to type them in.  We have a lot of people that are registered for tonight's webinar.  For any questions we do not get to or if you have anything not related to what we are talking about, please do not forget to use our Ask a Librarian service.  It is at the top of the library homepage.

We have the closed captioning link in that questions box.  Closed captioning available right now.  The web link shown on your screen and in the questions box and the recording link for this library webinar will be emailed to you in two days or less and usually less.

We wanted to touch on the webinar series and some of you may not realize the Mysteries of the Library Revealed is not something that repeats and you may notice it every now and then.  It is an ongoing webinar series is presented on the third Monday of every month at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Library staff presents on various topics.  Today, the focus is on subject specific resources.  Next month, check out the Mysteries webinar for Reference and Background Resources.  With that, let's move to our objectives.

Here are the objectives for the webinar.  Four primary things we want you to leave this session with.  Our goal when the session ends, you understand and locate good topical resources using the Walden Library subject research home, Walden library database collections, Google Scholar linked through Walden which is something we will show you.

It is important way of using Google Scholar but ensuring you have the resources available through Walden and accessible through Google Scholar and Internet search engines.  I will go ahead and tackle the first two objectives.  Julie will cover the last two.  Let's take a look the first the library subject research homes.

I will take you to our website to show you both of these slides.  I wanted to stand back a bit to give you a broader picture view of what we are going to look at.  First, the subject resource homes will be your first destination.  Here is where the travel begins.

When you're on the Walden's library homepage, you will see a Subject Resources box in the upper left section of the page.  I will tell you right now, that is the best place students can go.  When you are starting research on a particular topic or you're doing a paper in your field and you do not know what to look for, go to this box and select the appropriate subject for that list.

When you click select a subject for the library homepage, you get to choose from the major Walden program subjects and see the resources that are recommended for that subject.  Below this box highlighted here in red are several buttons.  One is the database A to Z button.  By clicking this, it will take you to a full list of databases, resources that can be filtered by type, database type, by vendor who is publishing that database and pick up subjects and see those that pertain to business or pertain to nursing and search by keyword or the first letter of the database if it is something that you are told to look a specific resource.

What we are going to do is get out of the PowerPoint and go right into a demo.  Here is the library homepage.  We showed you in the PowerPoint the subject resource box will be in the upper left and will have select a subject.  Let's say I'm a psychology student and am starting a new project.  When I click this, I can click psychology and this action will take me to the library research homepage for that subject.

This is a research home for psychology.  Every research home there is one for all of those fields shown in the previous screen.  Every research home has a primary search box like this at the top.  That box will always be set to search, usually, a handful of databases in a particular subject area or that students may find, especially, helpful when researching in your field.

I could type in a topic into this box to search a curated list of databases, specifically, helpful for psychology research.  I can scroll down and go to the individual databases.

If I expand any of the sections, I get a different resource that are recommended and resource types and the focus.  If I want databases focused on, for example, tests and measures, we can look at psychology video collections, tests and instruments for assessment, theories, statistics, upcoming psychology webinars.  It does not matter which is subject area you choose on the library homepage.  Your research on will be customized to list resources that were hand selected because of their value for research in that field.

It is a good place to look for a particular subject.  It is going to be customized to that field.

Let's go back to the previous page.  This is the library homepage and our next option to look at is databases A to Z.  If we click databases A to Z, this will show us a full list.  This is containing a full list of databases and other resources that students have found, especially, helpful within our programs and research in our programs.

You can see in the gray box across the top that this list of databases can be filtered in different ways and we can narrow by subject.  We can go to psychology or education.  We can go into database type.  If we want to see all video databases, the vendor and if we want to see EBSCO databases or ProQuest or if you happen to know which vendor you want to stick with.  Keyword search you can type in here or if you wanted to go to a specific database, click that letter.

For example, I come here is a psychology student.  I to psychology from the list.  And I can see all of the databases by clicking on that.  On the ones available and maybe recommended for psychology.  SAGE journals is not only psychology.  Like psycINFO is largely focused on those related areas while SAGE journals happened to be something that is, particular, helpful for psychology students.

This is always a good place to check for resources.  One option on this page that students overlook is a multidisciplinary option.  If I scroll under all subjects and refresh start instead of choosing a subject, I chose multidisciplinary.  I see a number of resources that are not specific to a subject but this like that SAGE journals, they contain an incredible amount of information that would benefit your subject specific searches.  That is really important.

You do not want to miss on those potential sources.  Let scroll down to the A's and choose AARP state data center.  This is a cool resource.  We will go there directly.  This is the AARP resource and they call this the data Explorer landing page.  We will click data by topic on the left.  You can see the breadth of coverage when than this one repository.  The demographics on the far left will have a statistic that aligns with multiple fields.  Each of these resources will tell you exactly where the data is coming from and often give you if that is an open source data set.  It will give you a link to that information or where to get it.

A lot of things you do not want to miss by not looking at this kind of information.

You have health next along with long term services and caregiving that is on the right.  Both health and this last one would be worth exploring if you are researching Health Sciences or nursing topics.  Housing and transportation in the middle is great for students in social work, Human Services, public policy and administration and income employment and assets would be good for business, public policy and all of these.  You can use any of these in pretty much any Walden program depending on your field or whatever topic you are researching.

Let's take a look at one of these.  We will look at the income, employment and assets.  If you click expand all on the right-hand side, it will expand all of those sections.  You get a good idea of just how comprehensive this really is.  It really covers a lot of information.  I am scrolling down so you can see.

As you can see, this is something that is really overlooked, to be honest, and some resources that do have a ton of data.  Good for topical research.  Let's go back to a multiple disciplinary list on our A to Z page and choose another one.  It's under child stats.  For our last example, let's say I wish I could have a barbecue or something with the web designers.  This site is not as user-friendly as far as being able to choose a topic or a broader field in the same way we were.

This is a huge repository.  I try to overlook the fact there is not really quite the user-friendliness or the browsable clickable fields in some of the resources just because it has so much information.  It is worth checking to see and despite the browser friendly icons, the search is effective.

I want to show you some of the ready-made information.  View the 2018 report.  This gives you an idea of some information and subjects that may be covered.  It covers child poverty, health insurance continuity, homelessness, etc.  You're going into a vast number of things.  It is not just going into things that those are researching and vocational field may find helpful.  There is a ton here.

We will do an example search for the word crime.  You can see how a very basic search really brings back results you can pretty readily identify, for the most part, the kinds of content the focus the results may have.  For example, we can see the victims of youth victims of crimes, perpetrators of crime.  They do a good job of indexing this pretty well in the search results to organize and.  You can see if it's going to have something on your topic that might help you.  Definitely, if children youth are your major population of interest, I recommend you look here in case there is something valuable that did not come up in other resources or other searches.

For our last example on the multidisciplinary page, I want to look at the Best Bets on the top.  These resources students found, especially, helpful.  We will take a peek at EBSCO eBooks which is one of the Best Bets.  When you go to EBSCO eBooks, people including meet tend to forget that we will stop here and do the search like usual.  Just remember that this is a little different than the other database pages.  Even though it looks like a lot of the other databases pages under EBSCO.

If you scroll down on the EBSCO eBooks page, you can see it's a little different.  You get more information.  You will see a number of subject categories over here on the left like health and medicine, political science, psychology and others.  There is a featured eBooks section on the right that is pretty interesting.  Here featured eBooks topic is education.

Just different resources that may be highlighted.  You can take a look at the kinds of things that might be under current events.  Sometimes they come in here for that health and medicine and put things on something like the study of viruses or a book on viruses if there is a particular virus that happens to be making the current news rounds.

Something that is worth checking.  We could go up into a regular search and find books that way on your subject.  I can come up here and put in social work.  Put it in quotation marks to tell the database I want to look for that exact phrase.  I have a large number of books that might be helpful for me.  It is really important to remember students are often so focused and often have to be focused on finding those peer-reviewed journal articles and it's easy to forget that the kinds of background information, especially, you might find in eBooks that introductory bigger picture sort of thing can be so useful in the, for example, introduction sections of your papers and other areas of your scholarly work.

With that, I will hand this over to Julie.

>> JULIE JAMES:  Thank you, Traci.  That is a great point about books and we overlook them too often.  Having that broad knowledge in the background of the topic you're writing on can be really, really useful.  I encourage that as well.

Thank you for my lovely dog complement.  That is Tater and he will try to be quiet during the next few minutes.  I brought up Google and I put in GED statistics to give you an idea.  Everybody knows about Google and we use it for specific things all of the time but it is not encouraged in course work because there are so many hits.

Their first one is pretty good.  It is a government site statistics about school dropout but then it get into things.  They want to sell you a GED prep.  They are companies trying to make money.  You have to be careful about that when you're hitting Google for something.  Google is not the only Internet search engine.  Every once in a while, I see what Bing has to say about it and they put two advertisers up top but it does get into BLIS in the site.  The .gov is United States government you can limit it in Bing or Google if you put in site dot colon GED and it won't limit the sites to government websites.  This is the Department of Education, Bureau of Labor Statistics etc.  If you have never looked at it, hardly anybody looks at the search health in Google but it does have advanced search things that can be really helpful.

If you put in, for instance, site and search a particular site, how to search Google and start with the basics but then come down to advanced searches and search operators.  Learn operators advanced searches can be helpful.  It also does have some help at the beginning under settings and tools.

The tools will show you can say I only want sites updated in the past year and for the results you can limit things that way.  The limiting by time is really useful in Google and Bing.  If we bring up Google Scholar, it is primary articles but has a book in here.  This book might be useful to your topic.  If you see book in brackets like that, that is an entire book that is posted in PDF here and it may be worth browsing that way.  There are lots of special things you can do with Google Scholar.

One is connect your Walden Library to Google Scholar.  The easiest way to do that is through our Quick Answers page.  From any of our library's homepage, up here and get help, we have so many wonderful things for you, including recorded webinars, Library Skills Guides, Ask a Librarian.  This is where you can find how to link your Google Scholar to Walden Library.  Is there a way to automatically connect to all of the library Google Scholar?  Yes, there is.

There is so easy to do it really quickly and we will start showing you these Find @ Walden links when you're searching for an article in Google Scholar or if you are doing Citation Chaining, it will show you Find @ Walden a link so you are more likely to be able to get to full text immediately there.

You have to link each of your computers to Walden unless you sign into Google with a Google account.  Different browsers, if you have a backup browser and always recommend you have a backup browser.  If you use Chrome primarily, you have Firefox linked into Google Scholar so you're sure you have a way for that.

Another thing I wanted to mention was date is set search and this is a new thing and part of Google.  If you Google data search is the easiest way to find it because this is the address up here which I can never remember.  It is looking for data set, specifically.  That is more often going to be used in a PhD Program but it's helpful to know that is available.

Do we have any questions?  About any of these lovely things we have showed you so far?

>> TRACI AVET HECTOR:  I get confused looking at scholarly peer-reviewed.

>> JULIE JAMES:  One of the things I was showing you under Ask a Librarian on the homepage is linked here on the library homepage and don't forget help.  If you go there and have a particular question, the best way to submit that is through email.  We work through the email queue several times a day depending on who is working which shifts and you will get that answer.  It says within 24 hours but is usually much more quick than that.  You can copy and paste your question and what you done so far and things like that.  If it is a quick question that is not going to take a long while, you can get on chat.

Chat like now and Lynn is the only one working chat.  If all 100 hit her at once, she is going to be mad at us.  Please do not do that.  Chat is a great way to get a great question like I cannot find how to link my Google Scholar to Walden Library and we can help you find that.

One other thing I have been using a lot recently whether it be from get help, Ask a Librarian and a tip I like to share is at the bottom of the page.  These are the other things that other departments are here to help you including the Writing Center, Academic Skills Center and things like that.  They're at the bottom of all of our webpages.  That is quick access to see what else we can offer you and help from various different departments.

Traci showed you the subject research home where you check the subject and then select the program you're in.  She showed you databases A to Z where you select subject from there.  We looked at Google Scholar and here is a link on how to link to the Walden Library to Google Scholar.

Pull up the PDF in the handouts.  That should get you there.  Be aware of the Internet search engines not just as a general search but with advanced features might be and how they might work better for you.

As always, ask for help.  If you are stuck and spending hours looking for an article and you cannot get started, reach out to us and we will do our best to help you.  Are there any more questions, Traci?

Get help is my favorite page on the site.  The Quick Answers do not just have library stuff.  It has all kinds of things for the Writing Center, Academic Skills Center.  There are statistics tutoring and statistics is the thing that is bringing you down.  We have technical help.  If you're having trouble with PDFs that the great place to go.  Traci?

>> TRACI AVET HECTOR:  I may have hit the mute button.  Sorry about that.  Someone asked about the scholarly peer reviewed stated the question.  I was not sure if I misheard that.  The Ask a Librarian will help you the most but if you can hang around, I will send you a quick link; but another question we have is how else can we specify in Google using the Walden feature?  Something Julie talked about when link into government website you can do edu or org for limiting two things that my research.

You can do file type in a do that myself PDF because sometimes --

>> JULIE JAMES:  There are a giant page of these helps.

>> TRACI AVET HECTOR:  I have Google and it's great in a lot of ways.

>> JULIE JAMES:  Get in here and do more with search.  You can use it as a calculator, a time converter.  The advanced search features under here are really cool.  They are evolving a lot of advanced searches for images which is interesting.  The advanced search for websites looks like this where you say I want all of these words to be included.

It gives you hints if you put in quotes like Traci was showing earlier to glue the two was together so it only finds it as a phrase.  These are a lot of helpful hints up here and you can limit it this way as well.  It is through file type.

I frequently do file type and put dot PDF in my search if I'm looking for something that will be in PDF format.  Does that answer the question?  We are about out of time.

I will tell you about our next ministries of the library next month Monday, August 19th at 8:30 p.m. and talk about reference and background resources.  Get into more things to look up individual facts and find background resources for your discussion posts and things like that.  In the meantime, please get our Ask a Librarian or get help page and see what kind of recorded videos, webinars and things that might help you with this journey you're on and do ask for help in your stuck because we are here to help you succeed.  Thank you everyone.  If there are any more questions that we can answer while we are here?

>> TRACI AVET HECTOR:  I was looking through and I do not think there are any unanswered and I answered on the side.  I'm pulling in the peer-reviewed and put in the chat link for the one person.  The rest of you Ask a Librarian.

>> JULIE JAMES:  Thank you everyone.  We appreciate you coming out to see us tonight.

>> TRACI AVET HECTOR:  Thank you.


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