Evaluate your library session: follow-up evaluation!
Campus Library Webpage
You are going to want to get to know the Campus Library Webpage at http://www.cocc.edu/Library so that you can find books, background information and articles!
Why use a library webpage for accessing information when you can just use Google, you ask?
WELL! Think of the library as your map to the world of information. You can wander around the free web (Google, etc) and stumble across factual, accurate information just like you can wander around Europe and stumble upon the Eifel tower (eventually!). There’s a lot of great stuff that can be found by wandering, but if you want efficient, effective access to information, library search tools help you get there fast.
Furthermore, have you ever felt like you needed a credit card available to access the good stuff on the web? Doesn’t that feel a little stressful?
Libraries buy the good stuff for you. That’s what we’re all about–giving you access to good, valuable, scholarly information. The thing is, you have to know how to use library search tools in order to find the good stuff. It’s not harder than Google–it’s just a little more spread out–you use different library search tools to locate different kinds of information, such as books, articles, and facts.
To Get Some Background–Use Online Encyclopedia Collections:
First, get to the Barber Library Webpage at: http://www.cocc.edu/Library/.
Look for the Encyclopedias and More icon or the Resources by Subject icon to access online encyclopedia collections. These resources allow you to explore possible topics or to find out more about one particular topic.
Each online encyclopedia in your results list offers sections /articles (but these are encyclopedia articles, not journal articles) on your topic.
Note that all of these resources allow you to download or e-mail sections/articles to yourself AND most have a citation function that lets you choose a particular citation format (such as APA, MLA, etc.)
NOTE: You will find many, many online encyclopedias providing information on health topics at our Health Sciences Resources page at: http://www.cocc.edu/library/health/.
To Get Some Articles, Use Journal Article Databases:
Remember to start at the Campus Library webpage at: http://www.cocc.edu/Library/.
Look for the Articles and More icon to access journal article databases. Journal article databases let you search on your topic to locate academic, scholarly articles. The library purchases these databases for you to search–this is different from searching on Google or other “free web” search engines!
Here’s a few databases (from our list of over 100) that might be especially helpful:
Again, our Health Sciences Resources page will lead you directly to resources–including article databases–for your topic. Some article databases particularly appropriate for this class are:
TO SEARCH A JOURNAL ARTICLE DATABASE:
Database Search Hints
- start with keyword searching when available. Keywords are the most important words for a topic.
- use ” ” for phrases
- use * to locate endings to words (truncation)
- use boolean commands (nicotine or smok*) and dental
- searches can be specific
- full text articles may be e-mailed, downloaded or printed from the screen–we now have a service that looks for the full text of articles ACROSS multiple databases!
Need more help? You can talk with librarians 24/7 via our chat service located on the
Find information about how to create citations for a resource list or bibliography: http://www.cocc.edu/library/citations/.