Transcript - Mysteries of the Library: Revealed! What am I looking at? - June 15 2020

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Mysteries of the Library: Revealed! What am I looking at?


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>> So...Welcome to this Mysteries of the Library: Revealed!  webinar. Our topic tonight is: what am I looking at. My name is Anne Rojas, and with us tonight is Kim Burton. I am going to start tonight with our disclaimer. Just to let you know the reference citations in this presentation are for demonstration purposes only. They may not be completely correct. For all things APA, please go to the Writing Center. That is where your experts are.

Also be aware that not all bibliographies will be in APA style or in the current APA 7 format. So one reference list may not always look like another. And if you need help from the Writing Center, you can contact them through the displayed sites.

So digital formats. Analyzing what you are looking at. Basically it's a beautiful thing that we have so much available to us online, but the down side is that everything tends to look the same. So we are going to talk tonight about how to figure out what you are looking at and we will show you different examples in the library.

Before diving into that, I want to remind you that you have to first consider where you are and taking your location into consideration can oftentimes get you halfway to understanding what you are looking at, just for the record. So we are out there searching. Consider that the dock has infinite possibilities, and have to spend time analyzing sources. When you're in the library website, you're going to be looking at resources we subscribe to and also help that we have posted to help you use those resources effectively and efficiently.

Specific databases will be more focused, whether you're looking at dissertations, videos, books, et cetera. I don't need to say that open web sources are always a problem. Obviously, if you're on a professional organization's website, like a government website, those are reliable and trusted sources. In one look when you're on one of the sites, it will narrow down the possibilities of what you are looking at down a little bit. And if you're looking at a reference from a trusted source, that is going to be very focused as well.

That’s our first step. You can save time by going to reliable sources to begin with. And then with what we are going to cover is the what of journal articles, books, government reports, conference materials, newspapers, videos, dissertations, and encyclopedias and dictionaries. And that is so that when you see something like this come up in a search in the library, you're going to be able to figure out what it is you are looking at.

So the results list in the library are going to tell you a lot. I'm going to switch over to the library website. Basically we have two different ways to search from this Google style search box on the homepage. You can search for role, and you can put in the search that you and search multi subscript -- subscribe to our you can search everything. Want to print this out because when you search everything, you are going to be looking at everything on the library website. You're going to get answers to frequently asked questions, and you're going to get library subscription results.

So if I put in period here as a search, it's going to tell you what we have the peer-reviewed, it's going to show you what is on our website. You will see articles, evaluating resources how to check for peer review.

In the middle column you will see quick answers, which are answers to frequently asked questions we get on. You and what it is and how do I find an article that is not peer-reviewed. How do I verify if my article is peer-reviewed.

And on the right-hand side, it's going to give you a list of results from the role. This going to give you actual content from journals and books we have in our collections.

When you search Thoreau, it will be most of the collection. So if I put in not a full sentence, but just a query on a broad topic, I'm going to put in pandemic and policy, and run that search. That's going to give me a list of results, over 17,000 results, and is going to be in except content. The first way that you can tell that what you're looking at is to look at the icons on the left-hand side of each entry. In the results list you can see most of these are coming from academic journals. That is what the icon tells us for each entry. And here we see we have books as well. This is a book, and the books will come up with that little icon for books or sometimes it will show you the actual cover of the book in the results list.

So I am just going to pop over to my PowerPoint to show you some specific examples of citations. For example, journal articles, which is what we deal with the most when working with assignments here at Walden, the journal article entry is going to start with the author name, which is how they always start. And after that it will vary from one style to another. Journal article will always have two article titles figure will be the title of the article and the journal it was published in. So this one here the title of the article is The Challenge of Providing the Public with Actionable Information During a Pandemic, and the journal is the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics. It will also give you a volume and issue number and page numbers.

So that is what journal articles are going to look like in the reference list. If you're looking at your results list and you click on any of the journal articles, you can see when you click on the title that it's going to give you all of the authors and it's going to tell you the source. And that's going to give you the name of the journal.

So let me pop back over to my PowerPoint here. Sorry. So what about books? Books, course, are going to have just one the title. If you are looking at the whole book. So that will start again with the author name. It will give you the title of the book and that is going to give you the name of the publisher. So this is Oxford University press. Many times they do have press in the name, but not necessarily.

When you're looking up the results list in the databases, let me go back to my results list here, and if I go down to one of my book results, when you click on the title, it's going to tell you under publication type that it is a book. In this case is telling us it's a book and as a matter of fact, an e-book.

>> Anne, I just wanted to interrupt for one second to remind any participants who just came in that if you have a question, you can type it in the Q and A box at the bottom of your Zoom screen. That's where we will be getting our questions. And I just also wanted to ask you, a lot of times, weekly assignments in Blackboard are book chapters. So what is the difference between knowing that you are just looking at a book and knowing when it is actually a chapter from a book?

>> Perfect timing. That's our next one. It would be a book chapter. And so in this case, the book chapters are going to usually make reference to editors. They are also going to have two titles. In this case, we have Local Leadership in Pandemic Influenza. That's the name of the chapter. And it's going to tell us that it's in Dietze and Black who are the editors, abbreviated Eds, and the book is pandemic planning, it lists the page numbers, and also gives the name of the book publisher.

So let me just go over to show an example of that as well. And I have one pulled up here because it's kind of hard to find. This is a book, the title of the book is Pandemic Planning, and as you read through the description and the table of contents, you can see here that it has editors named in the section and it has its own PDF downloadable section, and it also has contributors, which you can look at those and downloaded as a PDF. I guess I kind out there.

So that is going to give you an idea of how to be looking at chapters and that sometimes books have editors who look over entire content of the whole book. And then you will have contributors who are just contributing to specific chapters of a book. So that is, generally speaking, again, when you're looking at a citation, it is going to have two different titles. It's going to indicate editors. And it will have a book publisher name. In this case, Taylor and Francis.

Next example that I have here are reports. Oftentimes were looking at government reports and sometimes there will be nongovernmental organizations as well. Usually reports are going to have their own numbering system from within that organization, whether that's the government agency, the NGO. This one comes from the Center for Transportation Studies as part of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. And just to see what those look like when you are in the results list, go back to our results on the pandemic and policy, in your results list, there is actually an area over here in the blue shaded section on the left-hand side where you can specify publication type. I'm just going to pull up the reports section so we can see what those look like.

They have their own icon, you can see, and it will be listed as a report. And you can see some are published by -- we just had to drop into the database from education publishing worldwide. They gave me these statistics. Also from Business Model International. You can see things like the UK Ministry of Defense, the US Congressional Research Service, and the Bank of Finland -- economies in transition. So what you want to do is look at the detailed information that is in the results list. And like I say, a lot of these come from the business monitor. This one comes from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve system. So that helps little bit with a different one. Apparently there are a lot of weekly updates right now.

Another example of what you would be looking at in a library database would be conference materials. They will have the word conference in there somewhere. You can see conference comes up right here. It will show the conference dates and the location. And they will either be the conference proceedings or in this case, this month is a conference session. It will either be by individual session or the proceedings will include all the sessions that were included in the conference.

And those also have their own icon in the databases to indicate that you are looking at conference material of some sort. And again, you can look at that under publication type. You can specify -- I have to go in here to get the full list. I can specify conference material. This icon -- and this icon shows a person in front of a podium at a screen behind them with conference attendees. So that make that pretty easy to spot when you are looking at a list and one of these little conference icons pops up.

>> And, I do have one question since you are right here, this is a good place to show. Somebody want to know what the Find at Walden button means.

>> The Find at Walden button, if I click on that, it's going to take me hopefully into a different database or give me links to other databases where I might find the full text. This one is taking me into the IEEE Xplore database. The databases are talking nicely to one another, and it will help you find the full text of the conference and a different database because what I was searching didn't have it but this one does. And you can see it's telling us it's published from an international conference.

Good question.

Any other questions?

>> No, that's it for right now.

>> So I'm going to pass it over to you, Kim.

>> I'm going – Anne, if you can let me know that you can see the newspaper article slide.

>> Yes.

>> Anne did all the heavy lifting in this section, because pretty much eventually once I will demonstrate for you are a little easier to determine what you are looking at when you see just a citation. So for newspaper articles, newspaper articles will have an exact date. Because newspapers are daily. So if you ever see a year, a day, and a month, you are probably looking at a newspaper article.

Another thing you want to look for is the title of the newspaper. A lot of times is going to be a title you are familiar with. The New York Times, the Washington Post.

Let me jump out -- are you seeing the library website?

>> Yes.

>> Okay. So Anne did a search in Thoreau, came up with great results. What I want to do is do a search in ProQuest Central. This is just another database that we have that searches many different items just like Thoreau did. So -- searches books, articles, videos, and so forth. But I'm going to certain here so you can get an idea of what search results would look like in a different database.

So I'm going to do the same search that Anne did, pandemic and policy, and hit search.

And since it's so broad, I am getting a lot of results. 350,000 results. What I want to do, just as Anne had limited, in this left-hand column I can go down and say only what the newspaper results. I will click on that, and it will pull up those newspapers. There newspapers will have this little icon. They make it really simple for you to understand what you're looking at.

Here is the title of the article. Newspapers are going to have the title of the article, and the title of the newspaper. So here's the title of the newspaper. Another thing you could be looking at our words such as times or post or daily or record. Those will indicate that you are actually looking at a newspaper.

Next we are going to talk about videos. And this is super easy because when you're looking at videos, the citation off actually have the word video in brackets. That runways want to tell you that you are looking at a video here let's go back out to my search results.

And I am going to get rid of these -- the newspapers, and switch it to audio and video works. So with audio and video works, you're going to get an icon that looks like a movie screen. You're going to have that iconic triangle which means play, which everyone is aware of. That will tell you it's a video. There will be a link to the video in the results and oftentimes you will see a link to a transcript. Especially Now, with ADA requirements and to comply with ADA, videos need to have a transcript. So you should see that had their.

Sometimes the videos will be a little bit older, such as this month from 2001. It doesn't have a transcript, but if you play it, usually the transcript will go as you are playing the video. It will show.

Okay. Now, we want to go ahead and look at dissertations. Another thing that I'm showing you that make it so easy, dissertations are actually going to have the word dissertation in the citation. So right here we have dissertation. Another thing you want to look for is the name of the university for the dissertation -- for the work that published the dissertation. Here we have Walden University.

Let's go out to the search results again and limit to dissertations, dissertations and theses. The icon in ProQuest for dissertations this just this little piece of paper. It looks like it has an award on it, but it says dissertations and theses on it. We can see after the title, after the name of the author, you have the university.

We will scroll down here we have another title, and another Walden University. Here we have Florida International University. So these are all of the dissertations.

And the last thing I want to show you our encyclopedias and dictionaries. What you need to look for when you see a citation for encyclopedias and dictionaries is two titles. The first is going to be very brief. For instance, in this dictionary, the title of the entry, leadership. In the encyclopedia, the title of the entry, animals. Very simple.

Then you are going to have a second title, which is the name of the dictionary or encyclopedia it's coming from. So we have leadership in dictionary, and here we have animals in the names of the editors, and then the name of the encyclopedia. Encyclopedia of Big Data. One thing about these is they usually have the name encyclopedia or dictionary in their title. So does make it very easy for you to locate that.

We will just pop out here and then we will do -- if I click on this more button, because I'm not seeing encyclopedia's under source type, I get a pop-up screen where I can scroll through all the different sources and see here, we have encyclopedia and reference works. So I will click include and apply.

And we have encyclopedias and reference. Just a couple of volumes. Title, and the name of the encyclopedia. Canadian Encyclopedia. That’s how you can tell you're looking at an encyclopedia or dictionary results.

>> Kim, a question came up, is there always going to be a link in the citation for dictionaries and encyclopedias?

>> Yes. For dictionaries, what you probably will have is just a link to the actual webpage for it. So let's jump out to this webpage. Because this is the Merriam-Webster dictionary available online. Here we have leadership and the definitions.

You will notice that it says no date, because that is because dictionaries are always being updated. But it was retrieved on this date. That's why you put May 28, 2020.

For encyclopedias, a lot of times this will be in our databases. That doesn't seem to be opening it for me. When it is in our databases, you might have to actually use that link to access it. Does that answer your question?

>> Yes. Thanks.

>> So that was what we wanted to show you about the different formats for different resources, what the citation looks like and what they would look like when you found them in a database.

We just want to share some other information for you. We had a lot of links on this slide, and the slides will be available in about a week on the library website. The first link is to the evaluative resources library guide publication types up here it was over everything we just went over in this webinar. It's going to show you an example of a citation from a journal, and then show you what that journal would look like.

And then, since we showed you how to identify all these different resources, we didn't tell you how to actually find these different resources. So we put some links in here to some quick answers on how to find specific resources. So let's say that you have an assignment rate discussion post where you need a newspaper article argued need to find a video or an encyclopedia entry.

One thing that we can do is if we go back to the library website, we can use the search everything feature that Anne mentioned at the beginning of our set dock session today. So let's say you want to find encyclopedia entries. I put it in. After I've click search everything, and the quick answers I get on how do I find encyclopedias? How do I find biographical information in encyclopedias? If I click on that it will tell me step-by-step on how to find encyclopedia entries in the library. I can also do the same thing to search for newspapers and it will give me a quick answer on how to search for newspapers in the library.

So this banner that goes across the top of every page in the Walden library, this is where you are going to go to get quick answers and to find help when you need it. If you click on the get help link here, you'll find links to recorded webinars. And we have recorded webinars for a lot of different library skills as well as subject specific. So if you're in the business and management program, we have specific webinars in business and management.

In the build library skills box, we have links to our library skills guides, which are guide that we have developed. They are web pages like over step-by-step, different skills were doing research and finding resources in the library.

We also have a link here to tutorials. These are all short interactive tutorials that you can use to just get a refresher on doing research in the library, anatomy of a research article, and a couple of things to help you with your research.

And finally, we have the Ask a Librarian button up here. When you click on that button, you can send us an email. This is the quickest way for you to get an answer to your question. We have reference librarians working seven days a week. We don't work 24 hours a day. And we may not be there if it's a holiday. However, we are really good at getting back to you. We have 24 hours, but it usually doesn't take that long. You can just send us the question and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

You may be able to chat with us. If you click on the chat, if chat is live, this button would be blue. But you can see today's date will always be highlighted with the times in Eastern time when chat is open during those times, you can click on the button and speak with a librarian.

>> You can call and leave us a voicemail. When you leave a voicemail we ask that you leave your name, your ID number and your question. Voicemails will go into the email queue. So there are going to come in, it's going to go in the order that it came in. We have students all over the globe. We have librarians in every different time zone. So it just isn't feasible for us to return calls. So we return all was males with e-mails.

And finally, if you need a little bit more in-depth appointment, you can make a doctoral research appointment with a librarian. You can go down, choose the school that you are interested in, and then look at times that that librarian is available. You can click on the time, set up an appointment with that librarian and heavy 30 minutes one-on-one research appointment to talk about your specific research.

And that brings us to 7:30 right on the dot. We have covered everything that we wanted to. Did we have any other questions, Anne?

>> I think we got them all under control. Maybe if you just show them how to get to ProQuest Central again. A lot of times people miss that.

>> I did kind of go over that fast. So I apologize for that. ProQuest Central is a database, and the quickest way to find it is to click on the databases that are A-Z, and that's how I usually find it. Click on the P. You can see here ProQuest Central.

>> Thanks. That was a good question.

>> Yes. Thank you.

>> It looks good.

>> I'm going to stop showing my screen and stop the recording. That may go ahead and stop the recording. And if anyone has any questions now that the recording has stopped, then I will hang out for a few more minutes. But thank you for coming and please join us next month when we do our July mysteries webinar on books. And finding books in the library.

>> Nothing is coming in.

>> I don't see anything coming in, either.

>> Sample of literature reviews? There isn't really and think like a sample, but you can look in project dissertations and other studies. So not samples, but published. That will give you a good feel for how it is organized, particularly by looking at the table of contents literature review section, to see how that thematic organization looks when it is actually published.

>> It I'm showing on -- I have the library website. To get to dissertations, under publications, you'll see dissertations are listed there. And then the second box here is dissertations. And you can actually search dissertations just at Walden. So you can go in here and put in your query something close to your topic, and as Anne mentioned, published dissertations are fantastically to go to see how dissertations are set up, how long a literature review can be, like different sections, how it flows, this is a great place to look at some of that.

>> I was just answering manually, but I guess I can say it out loud, somebody asked about a sample prospectus. We don't have any samples in the library, only published materials. If you want samples or templates, you can check with the Writing Center.

>> Yes. At the Writing Center, if you just searching here, prospectus template, you should have links directed to the Writing Center from your student portal. Here we have doctoral Capstone templates. There is a link for it and you can just pick your program and once you pick your program, I will go into the Ph.D. Here's the link for the Ph.D. And we have the premise, the prospectus, and the dissertation templates.

>> Somebody was asking about the cost associated with obtaining copies of material. That is paid for by the library. So there is no cost to you. Basically, you have already paid for through your tuition. That's how we paper the subscriptions.

>> If you're ever searching and you come across an article and they are asking you to pay for it, what I would do is take the title of the article, go to the library website and submit it through Ask a Librarian. A lot of times we can find it somewhere else in the library. Sometimes we find it for free online. And if we can't find it we have other options to offer you as well.

>> I usually tell people before you pay for anything, you should ask us if we can get it for you first. You can expect to buy a certain amount of stuff, when you are at doctoral level, but you want to say that for stuff that we can't get for you.

>> Right. The last resort.

>> Good questions. Anything else that you have questions about? The time frame for requesting articles through our interlibrary loan service? That usually takes about a week. You're welcome, Robert.

>> Thank you guys were coming. I'm not seeing any other questions.

>> So I guess we will close up shop. Thanks for coming, everybody.

>> Thank you, everyone. Have a good night. Bye.



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