Transcript - Mysteries of the Library: Revealed! Full Text - Nov 18 2019

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               >> TRACI AVET HECTOR: Mysteries of the Library: Revealed! Full Text. And there are actually two of us presenting tonight. My name is Traci Avet Hector and I am a reference librarian here at Walden. The other presenter is Andrea Lemieux, liaison librarian for the psychology and counseling programs.


            While today's webinar is about full text, some may not realize the Mysteries of the Library: Revealed! is an ongoing webinar series. On the third Monday of every month at the same time, 8:30 PM ET, we get together and present a webinar on some specific topic. Today's focus is on full text. You can check out next month's mysteries to learn about Google Scholar. January will go into search terms, so be on the lookout for future webinar series.


            Here are the objectives for this webinar. The four things we really want you to leave this session with. Our goal is that at the sessions and you will be able to access full text in the Walden library databases, find an exact article, access full steam Google Scholar and find full text outside the Walden library. With that, Andrea will jumpstart our journey with the first objective, access full text in the Walden Library databases.


               >> ANDREA LEMIEUX: Great. If you can let me know that you can see my PowerPoint, Traci, that would be great.


               >> TRACI AVET HECTOR: Is perfect.


               >> ANDREA LEMIEUX: Let's go ahead and get started. When we talk about full text and when we use that phrase full text, we really just mean materials that you can open, read and use immediately in your coursework and research. Although we are going to focus tonight on accessing full text scholarly articles, we have lots of other materials available to you in full text. Including academic encyclopedias, scholarly books and completed dissertations.


            What we don't have is books unfortunately for courses. Those you will have to purchase on your own. Another thing to keep in mind is that your tuition already pays for these materials, so make sure that you are not paying for articles or books through outside sources.


            But at the same time, even though we have millions of items in full text in the Walden library, we don't have everything. No library does. But we will talk about that later and Traci will give you some more information on how to go about getting those particular items that we don't have in full text. Let's jump over to the library and do some searches to see how full text works.


            I'm on the library homepage and we are going to take the example topic of teacher attitudes towards continuing education. When we go to the library homepage, we could use the search box at the top that searches most of the library databases. But since our topic is specific to education, we are going to skip the search box and actually going to head right over to subject resources and go right into the education databases.


            So to do that, we simply click on the select a subject drop-down menu, click on education, and on the education research page, we are going to go to education databases and select one of the best bet databases.


            Education source is really a go to database for education, so we are going in there to do a search. Often when you go into the library databases, you will have to sign in. Once you sign in with your Walden ID and password, you will be able to do your searches. So the general rule of thumb for searching databases is that one idea or concept goes into each search box, but similar ideas can go into the same search box.


            So we are going to type in teacher attitudes or teacher perceptions just think it's a researcher is using one of these terms as opposed to the other. In the second search box, we are going to type in continuing education and then there's a few other things we are going to do to limit our search. If you scroll down the page a little bit, this is where you will actually see the full text option.


            Most of our databases, this option is already selected, but it never hurts to give a double check and make sure that this box is checked. Now a few other limiters to keep in mind is you typically want to click on peer-reviewed journals and then another popular limiter is by publication date. If you want to search in the last three years or five years, you can put a year in that box. But we are going to leave that blank for now.


            We are going to go ahead and click search. And this is not a bad search. It came up with 372 articles, and that's really a workable list of results. Let's look at where we can actually access full text. It's actually pretty simple. Most of the time you are going to find one of these options, HTML full text or PDF full text. If you click on the PDF, the link, you will see the option for the PDF and it's going to give you a lot of other options as well. So if you hover at the top, you will be able to print it, you will be able to download it and then on the right-hand side there's lots of other options such as email, sharing the link to the article and those kinds of things. You certainly explore those.


As I said, the other option was HTML. What that means is when you click on the link, it simply opens up the article in the browser itself without opening the PDF so you can read it in this way.


            The third option, which many of you are probably familiar with and unfortunately not for good reason and we will talk to a little bit of this is find at Waldon link. The Find@Walden link simply means that the article is available in another database. This button is supposed to connect us to that article. I'm actually going to scroll down the page because I have an example I want to use.


            Now here's another Find@Walden link. One of three things is going to happen when you click on this link. First, the article is going to open. And you will see the article in full text right away. The second option that often you will see is when you click on Find@Walden, it will give you an option to select a database, one of many, where it's available. So all you have to do is just to verify that the publication date is the same as our holdings in the database for that journal. So we should be able to click on either of these two links ended should bring us right to the article.


            So let's see if this works. Terrific. It brought us right to ScienceDirect, which is another database. Now there is something to keep in mind that Find@Walden doesn't work 100% of the time, and there's a variety of reasons for that. Sometimes it's the data entry when the article is added to the database, the article information isn't correct. Sometimes there's a journal embargo which means the publisher has limited our access to the electronic version of the article. If you ever get an error, just reach out to us through ask a librarian we will ensure that you are able to get the article or we will be able to find you or help you find articles that are similar if you are working on an assignment or discussion.


            Something else to keep in mind is that if you forget to limit to full text, you can also limit over here on the left side of this blue column. All the same limiters are available that were on the initial search page, so we can see that yes, our search results are limited to full text. What's interesting is if we uncheck full text, our 372 article results go up to 442. The reason is because we actually have articles where only the article abstract is available. That's really helpful in dissertation research.


            If you are working on doctoral research, make sure you uncheck the full text so you can see everything that's available, not just what you can get your hands on right away. So if we look at the second page, I will show you what that looks like. You will have to bear with me as I scroll around. This article right here, number 26. We don't see any HTML or PDF link nor do we see Find@Walden. If we click on the article title, we will see we only have abstract access. Traci will talk about that a little later, accessing these articles in full text.


            I'm going to do one other quick demo. We are back on the education research page, and we first selected education source. But now I'm going to go and view all education databases, and I want to search in a ProQuest database. So I'm going to search in ProQuest Central. I'm going to do the same search, but in ProQuest, it's actually helpful to put your phrases in quotation marks to search them as an exact phrase.


            So we can see again full text is checked, and we are going to go ahead and limit to peer-reviewed journals as well. When we click search, you will see our results list. It looks slightly different, but if you were to click any of these options, abstract, full text, or full text PDF, they will actually all bring you to the same page with the same options. For instance, if we click abstract and details, we will see that you have the full text tab, full text PDF tab and it lands you on abstract details, but we can easily select one of the other ones or we can select over on the right-hand side is download PDF


            Those are the basic ways to get data from the databases and they all work pretty similarly. To recap, you can limit your search to full text, under on the initial search page or results page. We have both full text, but we also have lots of other articles where only the abstract is available. If you are going to limit, it's best to do that for the assignments and discussions and to not limit by full text when you are working on dissertation research because you want to see everything that's out there.


            Again, your options are PDF, HTML, Find@Walden and lastly at the bottom is an example of what an embargo Journal looks like. If you click the Find@Walden link, you may see something that says full text delay. This would mean that you cannot get this until one year out, but Traci will talk about how you can access those kinds of materials. Traci, I am going to pass it to you so you can cover yours. Perfect.


               >> TRACI AVET HECTOR: Thanks. Do you see my PowerPoint?


               >> ANDREA LEMIEUX: Yes, I do.


               >> TRACI AVET HECTOR: Our second objective is to find an exact article in the Walden library. There are really several ways you can look for a specific item in the library. Andrea pointed out the row, the search box at the top of the homepage. One option is to use the journals button and that allows you to browse by publication title. That's the one we will look at first. We are going to go into a demo in just a minute.


            Next, we will look at the articles button, which allows you to search by the specific article title. And finally, we will look at the third option and at that point we will go into our next objective, which is accessing full in Google Scholar.


            Let's over to the library homepage and get started. Let me move my controls out of the way. We are going to start with what is probably the most effective way to see if the library has access to an article you need, and that's using the journals button. That allows us to browse by title of the journal and then look at specific years, volumes, issues and so on. It lets you find some of those harder to catch articles like articles with mismatched records or those weird supplemental issues that journals sometimes don't include in the general collection. So we are going to go ahead and click on the journals button.


            Now I have a citation pasted here in Notepad, so we will say that this is an article that would be perfect for my assignment this week or maybe for my capstone research. For whatever reason, I really want this article. To browse by journal, we will need the journal title, which is nursing outlook right here.


            So we are going to go to the page. Remember, we clicked on the journals button and we are going to type in the name, nursing outlook. And click on the search icon. We can see that it's the first result, and if we click on full text access right under nursing outlook, it'll switch databases should have that journal and the years it should have access to. In this case, it's just one, the science direct subject collections and it has the years 1995 through present. Since the article we want is from 2018, this tells us we should be able to get the full text.


            We will click on the database link. So we are on the journal page and we are going to scroll down and click on view all issues. The article we want, 2018, volume 66, issue two. So we are going to scroll down to volume 66 and click on the link for volume 66, issue two. Now I happen to know because I have invisible controls on our screens here. Sometimes we can click on our screens. I happen to know the article is further down on this page, so I'm going to scroll down and there it is. There's our article.


            You will notice that clicking on the download PDF, that is available down here. We can click the send it will take us to the full text. Here is the PDF there. Now if we went back to the homepage and did a search by article title, that could be a bit faster, so that's usually the thing I start with myself


            What we will do for this is go back and copy the article title from our citation here. So we will click on the blue articles button on the library homepage, paste the title into the box, and click on the search icon. Once we do this, we can click on the Find@Walden button. Remember, as Andrea pointed out, this will take us right to the article or show us a list of databases that will hopefully have the full text. We will click on Find@Walden.


            And it just right to the full text. So we have the full text on this page or we can download the PDF. Now some of you may have noticed that clicking on the articles button, it brings us to this page. But there are actually three options here. We can search by article title, by journal title, and we can search by Google Scholar. This is why I actually use the articles button each time I want something specific because I have access to my three favorite options right on the same page. That leads us to our third objective, which is accessing full text in Google Scholar.


            Accessing full text in Google Scholar, there are a few pointers to keep in mind before you go into Google Scholar. First, you will always want to start from the library website. If you go to, it's not going to look to see if Walden's collections might contain access to that specific item, so if you go to any Google Scholar link that's available in the library website, it's going to include those collections usually. If you go to just, you can step to set that up manually to check the Walden collections, but it's automatic if you go through the library website.


            Next, we just saw a second ago that there's a hidden way to search Google Scholar under that articles button, but the two most popular ways to get there are there more resources button right here and start your research at the top. These both go to the same page and that page has a Google Scholar link.


            Next Google Scholar has a pretty broad search function, so you can search by title, author or even just words of interest. Finally, enclosing multiple words and quotation marks will tell Google Scholar you are looking for that exact phrase. So let's go ahead and head to the homepage.


            We are on the library homepage, and we are going to click on more resources. Then click on the Google scholar link that's on the left. We are going to go ahead and paste the article title that we used before right into the search box and click on the search icon. So our article comes right up because we have a nice long, complex article title. It's the only result, which is great. So we can go into Find@Walden. I will right-click on there. And this brings us to the same options we had earlier, so we can access the full text, PDF or HTML full text right on the page.


            Now on the Google Scholar result page you will see there's a PDF available right above that. You can see this now and then when the third party has posted something. Sometimes it's an abstract. In this case, it's actually the full text. But when you have a choice like this, it's really safer to access the library content because you often don't really know what's up with those third-party downloads. Sometimes the PDF is put there by an author. Sometimes it's by a vendor or the journal publisher. But it's safer to access it through the library.


            Now one advantage of using Google Scholar is that I can click on the side by link. This is right below the snippet. This allows us to view newer articles that have cited this one, in other words articles I might want to consider for my paper. We will click on cited by 98 articles. And we can limit this. Maybe we will try articles since 2019 over on the left. Some articles in Google Scholar won't have the Find@Walden button and we lucked out. Our article was in here. But what if the article I wanted wasn't -- it was when the library didn't have? So we will head back to our PowerPoint.


            What you do when you have looked around and poked and prodded and the Walden library just really doesn't seem to have the full text? First, if you didn't try there already, make sure that you do check Google Scholar just think has that third-party download available there.


            Next you can try to find that resource in a library that's near you, physical library. Not just academic, some public too. Many libraries have policies that allow visitors to use their print and electronic collections, database computers. So that might be a way to get to that article or that resource. It could even be a book.


            The WorldCat website will tell you if it's in a library near you. The last option is our document delivery service or DDS. This is one that you can really use for weekly assignments or discussions or to get optional readings, but in other cases, you can request articles, book chapters. I think it's up to 30 pages that we don't have access to. So we're just going to take a really quick look at those at WorldCat and DDS.


            So we are going to go to We are going to pissed the article title in here. We could go to the articles button and type in nursing outlook. In this case, it'll bring up the article the same way because of the complexity of the title. But if your article title was something very simple like Great Depression in the 1920s, then remember the quotation marks for exact phrase searches works across multiple platforms. This is an option on WorldCat that you can put in that simpler title and then type in, for example, nursing outlook or whatever the journal, publisher is for that specific article and look for that way.


            So when you run the search, usually it's a pretty robust search. We have the same article here. It's actually just catalogued slightly differently. In this one, they put N2 for the issue. Here they put number two for the issue. It just so happens that the people that set this up cross-referenced it really well so the results are pretty much the same.


            When you click on the resource that you are interested in that Walden doesn't have, it'll look for those libraries that are near your ZIP Code. So I can come in here and put in any ZIP Code, find libraries and it's going to find libraries that I might want to drive to. I can call the University of South Alabama and say, hey, I'm not a student there, but if I'm a visitor in your library, can I access this content through your print collection or databases?


            The other option we talked about is document delivery service, which you can get to by clicking on services on the library homepage and on document delivery service over on the left-hand side. Remember that you do have a lifetime limit of 30, so you want to be choosy. But you do have that option. With that, I will hand the wheel back to Andrea.


               >> ANDREA LEMIEUX: Great. Thanks, Traci. We are going to wrap up by talking briefly about how you can get help if you have any questions regarding the content we talked about tonight or anything else that is library related. Those are that get help features on the library homepage, quick answers and ask a librarian.


            Let's take a quick look at where those are located on the library homepage. In the top menu under get help, you will quickly see that you have access to all the recorded webinars, which will also be sending you the link to the one tonight, but you can look at other recorded webinars as well as upcoming webinars. Then you can see our how-to guides over here in the link in library skills guides.


            The next option is quick answers, which is this top search bar at the top of the library homepage. But instead of selecting the row, we are going to go ahead and click everything we are going to type in full text, and you will see in the middle column in our quick answers, that we have lots of information on full text. How do I get the full text of an article? How do I find full text articles as a global student? So there's lots of other resources that you can access this way.


            And lastly on the top of all of our homepages is our ask library link. So you can connect with us via email by filling out this email form. You can chat with us during our chat hours. Or you can leave us a voicemail, which we will return by email, so make sure you are not waiting by your phone, but checking your Walden email instead.


            Then for doctoral students, you have the option of making an appointment with a librarian by filling out the form below. So that is our webinar for tonight. I am going to go ahead and stop the recording. We are going to stick around for a few extra minutes and take questions. So thank you for everyone that's come and that has to leave, and we are going to go ahead and stop recording and questions if there are any.


               >> TRACI AVET HECTOR: We do have a question. I think we both saw this one. I'm having issues locating books to read that are part of my coursework. Andrea looked into whether or not the student asking this question meant textbooks. Andrea talked about earlier that textbooks. We are sorry, but textbooks are not included in the materials that Walden has access to.


            But if you will look on the homepage there on Andrea's screen, there's just below the journals button, a books button. You can use that and paste in the book title and do a search just the same way you would with the journal by typing in the journal title or articles by pasting the article title. Right there on Andrea's screen, you can look for the book that way.


            Someone asked I am having issues with finding recent dissertations on my topic. There’s a button just below articles, the dissertations button. Most of the content -- in fact, I don't remember seeing any dissertations in there that are not available full text. Whenever you go into the dissertations button, you have the option of looking at just Walden dissertations and theses or all dissertations and theses. If you are looking for information on your topic, especially for capstone research, you will probably want to start with Walden but then expand to look at all.


            You can go in there and do searches for a title or for keywords just as you would in a database, and it'll automatically show you those full text options. It looks similar to the ProQuest database search that Andrea did earlier where it shows you the abstract details, full text store full text PDF as links right below those results. So she will do a demonstration now with that.


               >> ANDREA LEMIEUX: What a team we make, right Traci? This will be an interesting search to see if there's anything. We will wait to put in teacher perceptions after we see what kind of results that we get. Just to mention, we have 5100 results. This is another database that when we use quotation marks it's helpful, so any ProQuest databases tend to give better results when you search for exact phrases.


               >> TRACI AVET HECTOR: Definitely.


               >> ANDREA LEMIEUX: It's taking a long time to think. We are down to 123 results, so that's probably a good place to start. As far as searching, just remember one idea or concept per search box, the same or similar concepts can go in the same search box and then try broadening the search if you are not finding anything. Or we can expand it by giving the database other options so they can find teacher attitudes or teacher perceptions which will increase search results because it's giving the database to find the option to find either teacher perceptions or teacher attitudes. So this should likely bring up a little more. It about more than doubled our results.


               >> TRACI AVET HECTOR: Another question. Are there rules about clicking on cite?


               >> ANDREA LEMIEUX: Yes.


               >> TRACI AVET HECTOR: This student is probably talking about the cite button. Whenever you are in the database, you will usually have the option to click on cite for a result, and it will give you a small dialogue allowing you to select APA style and it puts the citation in the selected style format. But there's no rules against clicking on that that I know of. You could check with your instructor. Instructors are certainly allowed to have that sort of restriction.


            But these are not always accurate. So you do not want to depend on that. It's good to give you some structure and maybe the information in a neat package, but those aren't completely dependable 100% accurate. So I wouldn't want you to --


               >> ANDREA LEMIEUX: I like to just make up rules and so my made-up rule in this situation is pretty much what Traci said. When you use the site button, the rule is you always need to double, triple check the correctness because it is basically data that centered by a person. So sometimes you will see all kinds of strange things. This one is actually really interesting. I see all kinds of -- I see one strange thing that somehow their email got entered into the citation. That's incorrect. An author's email does not go in a citation at all. It's all data entry, so they're going to be mistakes and it's your responsibility to double check those. So that is one of my made-up rules.


               >> TRACI AVET HECTOR: I like that rule.


               >> ANDREA LEMIEUX: Any other questions before we sign off for the night? These were all really great questions. Perfect. It looks like people are heading out for the night, so thank you everybody for attending. Don't forget about our mysteries the third Monday of each month. So we will see you again in December right before the holidays. To talk about exciting stuff, Google Scholar. That is our next one?


               >> TRACI AVET HECTOR: That's right.


               >> ANDREA LEMIEUX: Everybody have a great night and we will see you next time in December.


               >> TRACI AVET HECTOR: Thanks, everyone.



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