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Study Strategies

Learning Outcome For This Session:
Be able to find, read and summarize an academic, peer-reviewed journal article related to study strategies.


Information Literacy–What Is It?  

 

 


Tools For Information Literacy:

The Campus Library Webpage at http://www.cocc.edu/Library provides the tools you need to locate books, background information and articles.


Databases For Locating Journal Articles On “Study Strategies”:

The most important tool you need to achieve this session outcome is article databases.

Look for the Articles and More link to access journal article databases.

articlesandmore

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:

Academic Search Premier
Academic One File

Educators Reference Complete
ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
Professional Development Collection

Take a look at the Resources by Subject as well–it will list all databases and online encyclopedias for specific subject areas!


Search Techniques For  Journal Article Databases:

  • choose to limit your results to full text
  • explore pull down menus that let you choose to limit your search to article titles
  • start with keyword searching when available
  • use ” ” for phrases:  “study strategies” 
  • use * to locate endings to words (truncation)
  • use boolean commands: study AND strateg* 
  • full text articles may be e-mailed, downloaded or printed from the screen

How to Read Academic Research Articles:

◊ Read the abstract, introduction and discussion/conclusions first.

◊ Based on that first quick read, try to answer these questions:

  •   What is the article about?
  •   What point  are the authors trying to make?

◊ Now, read the entire article.  Underline the three or four most important points.

◊ What question did the researcher seek to answer?

◊ Who participated in the study?

◊ What was the answer to the research question?


Citations:

http://www.cocc.edu/library/citations/


Getting Help:

https://www.cocc.edu/library/ask/

Ask a Librarian

Email a Librarian EMAIL us at refdesk@cocc.edu

Call a Librarian CALL us at 541-383-7567

Reference Desk Stop by the Information Desk during the Library’s open hours


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African American Literature Research

 

BEFORE YOU START:

For your research projects on African American history and cultural production in the Pacific Northwestern United States, the library recommends a variety of print and electronic resources.  Not all of these are specific to the Pacific Northwest, so you will need to narrow your focus as you read and research.

It may seem that there is just not enough information available on African Americans in the Pacific Northwest–but that’s where you as a student researcher can make an impact!  These resources will be built over time.  The information you locate and piece together now will help researchers in the future.


LOCATING BOOKS USING OUR ONLINE CATALOG:

Try doing a subject heading search for  African Americans West  (U.S.) .  Students may have to use the table of contents or the index to get to sections that are specific to their area(s).


ENCYCLOPEDIAS FOR BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

Access these by using the links below or going to our online reference page at: http://www.cocc.edu/library/reference/.

For print items, use the call numbers listed to locate the item in the COCC Library.

Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History – 2nd ed
Online Access (Gale).

Encyclopedia of African-American Writing  2013
Online Access (Credo)

Encyclopedia of African American Artists 2009
Online access (ABC-CLIO books)

Finkleman, Paul Encyclopedia of African American history, 1896 to the present : from the age of segregation to the twenty-first century
Barber Library Reference (E185 .E5453 2009 )

Trial Resource (available until 4/24):
History Research Center: African American History
Online access for limited time period.  (InfoBase)


LOCATING JOURNAL ARTICLES USING DATABASES:

Secondary Journal Articles

Artemis Literature Resource Center
Academic One File
Academic Search Premier
JSTOR

Project Muse
US History in Context

Primary Source Articles

The Advocate (Portland)
The New York Times – Historical
Oregon Newspapers – Historical (Full-Text)

Oregon Newspapers – Historical (Index Only)
Seattle Times Historical Archive
(use this to locate citation information–then ask Cat about locating articles).
Washington Newspapers via America’s News
(includes Seattle Times and Seattle Post Intelligencer back to mid 1980’s)
Washington Online Historic Papers

Google News Archives


WEBSITES:

Historylink.org
The Free Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History
http://www.historylink.org/. Do a search for African American.

The Oregon Encyclopedia
A project of the Oregon Historical Society, http://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/. Again, search  by typing in African American (use the menu to the left to search both the Oregon Encyclopedia and Oregon History Project; may also specify “Themes” such as Arts and Literature)

BlackPast.org, Remembered and Reclaimed:
An Online Reference Center for African American History
http://www.blackpast.org/.  Developed by Dr. Quintard Taylor and Associates.

Describing itself as the “Google for African American History”, this prize winning site features a 3000+ entry online encyclopedia, the complete text of nearly 300 speeches by African Americans and other people of African ancestry from 1789 to 2012, more than 140 full text primary documents, and nine major timelines.

African American History in the American West
“This site, created by Professor Quintard Taylor at Washington State University, is a gateway to the vast and growing array of information on the lives and histories of the millions of African Americans who have and continue to make the West their home.”
http://public.wsu.edu/~amerstu/mw/afam.html

Northwest African American Museum
May also want to contact (call or email) the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle http://naamnw.org/.

National Museum of African American History and Culture
https://nmaahc.si.edu/


 

 

 

 

 

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Writing 121–Finding Articles

BARBER LIBRARY WEBPAGE

You are going to want to get to know the Barber 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.


USING JOURNAL ARTICLE DATABASES

Start at the Barber Library webpage at:http://www.cocc.edu/Library/.

Look for the Find Articles option to access journal article databases.

articlesandmore

Here’s a few databases (from our list of over 100) that are a good place to start:

Academic One File
Academic Search Premier
General OneFile
MasterFile Premier
Newspaper Source

Take a look at the Resources by Subject as well–it will list all databases and online encyclopedias for specific subject areas!


EFFECTIVE DATABASE SEARCHING

  • choose to limit your results to full text
  • explore pull down menus that let you choose to limit your search to article titles
  • start with keyword searching when available
  • use ” ” for phrases
  • use * to locate endings to words (truncation)
  • use boolean commands (nicotine or smok*) and pregnan*
  • 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!

CITATION FORMAT

http://www.cocc.edu/library/citations/


HELP IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE!

Need help finding some information? Are you new to databases and want to find an article? Do you need help printing a document? The LIBRARY INFORMATION DESK on the main floor of the library is the place to go when you have a question!

ref

Here’s Barber Library’s open hours: https://www.cocc.edu/library/hours/

You can also talk with librarians 24/7 via our chat service located on the
Barber Library webpage.

Or e-mail us at: refdesk@cocc.edu.

Or call us at: (541)383-7567.



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Nursing 107, Part Two

Information Literacy Session for Communication Assignment

Goals for this library session: hone skills in using article databases in order to locate a current article on communication in nursing.


TO GET SOME ARTICLES, USE 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!

Take a look at the Resources by Subject icon as well–it will list all databases and online encyclopedias for specific subject areas–including Health Sciences.

Some database highlights from the Resources by Subject page for Health Sciences–these will help you locate articles on wellness and ethics topics.

Academic One File
Academic Search Premier
CINAHL
Health Reference Center Academic
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition.
MEDLINE
MEDLINEplus
Nursing and Allied Health Collection
Nursing Resource Center


 TO SEARCH A JOURNAL ARTICLE DATABASE:

Journal Article Database Search Hints

  • start with keyword searching when available

  • use ” ” for phrases
    example: “autism spectrum disorder”

  • use * to locate endings to words (truncation).
    example: communicat*

  • use boolean commands
    example: deaf* AND communicat*
    example: “autism spectrum disorder” AND communicat*

  • searches can be specific

  • full text articles may be e-mailed, downloaded or printed from the screen.

  • other articles may be located from the COCC Library e-journals link or may be ordered via inter-library loan.


APA FORMAT:

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/05/


MORE HELP:

Oh, and don’t forget!   You can always stop by or call the Barber Library Information Deskref….

 

 

 

 

OR

Use our 24/7 chat service!

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OR

Send me an email:  cfinney@cocc.edu


Also, don’t forget that you can also revisit the blog post for our first Nursing 107 Research Session!  https://researchhappy.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/nursing-107/

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Nursing 107, Part One

Information Literacy Session for Surgical Procedure Assignment

Goals for this library session: develop and use skills for research, including online encyclopedias, databases to locate articles, and websites.


 WHY USE LIBRARY BASED RESOURCES:

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.


USING ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIAS:

Sometimes you just can’t search a journal article database successfully until you know at least some of the basic background (and language) for your topic.  To locate background information, try the online encyclopedia collections  listed below.  You can use these links or get to all of these from the COCC Library webpage. Look for the Encyclopedias and more link (you’ll see the globe icon) and then click on Encyclopedias.  Here’s some direct links to some of our more comprehensive resources:

Credo Reference Online

Gale Reference Online

Some specific online encyclopedias that are useful for topics in Nursing/Surgical Procedure are:

Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine
Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Nursing and Allied Health
Health and Medicine
Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests

And these…

Genetics & Inherited Conditions
Encyclopedia of Obesity
Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine
Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer
Gale Encyclopedia of Children’s Health: Infancy through Adolescence
The Gale Encyclopedia of Neurological Disorders


TO GET SOME ARTICLES, USE 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!

Take a look at the Resources by Subject icon as well–it will list all databases and online encyclopedias for specific subject areas–including Health Sciences.

Some database highlights from the Resources by Subject page for Health Sciences–these will help you locate articles on wellness and ethics topics.

Academic One File
Academic Search Premier
CINAHL
Health Reference Center Academic
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition.
MEDLINE
MEDLINEplus
Nursing and Allied Health Collection
Nursing Resource Center


 TO SEARCH A JOURNAL ARTICLE DATABASE:

Journal Article Database Search Hints

  • start with keyword searching when available

  • use ” ” for phrases
    example: “gastric bypass”

  • use * to locate endings to words (truncation).
    example: laparoscop*

  • use boolean commands
    example: morbid and obes*
    example: “gastric bypass” and complicat*

  • searches can be specific

  • full text articles may be e-mailed, downloaded or printed from the screen.

  • other articles may be located from the COCC Library e-journals link or may be ordered via inter-library loan.


IMAGES:

Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons has millions of images, diagrams, animations, audio files, and video files that you can use for non-commercial purposes as long as credit is given to the creator of the file.

Image Quest
Access more than one million rights-cleared images from over 40 of the best collections in the world.

Google Images
Once you get to your results, go to TOOLS, then choose Usage Rights, then choose type of rights.


APA FORMAT:

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/05/


MORE HELP:

Oh, and don’t forget!   You can always stop by or call the Barber Library Information Deskref….

OR

Use our 24/7 chat service!

CHATnow

Or send me an email:  cfinney@cocc.edu


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Economic Geography

Barber Library Statistical Sources for
Your Atlas of Comparative Development Assignment

First, you need to know how to get to the COCC Barber Library webpage: https://www.cocc.edu/library/.

Next, you need to look for Resources By Subject. 

(Look for the green arrow in the image, below).

resources_by_subject


Then, choose:  Statistics and Polls.

statistics_and_polls


Once you are in our Statistics and Polls page you are going to find an
amazing array of statistical resources!  Resources particularly valuable for this class are:

Statista
Statista brings together data from over 18,000 sources, national and international. You can browse by topic or industry or search the site. Graphics are downloadable in a variety of formats and citations in multiple styles are provided for ease of use.

Statistical Abstract of the United States
Coverage Dates: 1790-present
Published annually by the Federal Government since 1878, The Statistical Abstract of the United States is the best-known statistical reference publication in the country, and perhaps, the world. It is a comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web.  Barber Library also has the Statistical Abstracts in print format, within the reference collection on the main floor.

Resources listed in your class assignment include:

United Nations Human Development Reports Table One–http://hdr.undp.org/en/composite/HDI

PRB (Population Reference Bureau)–http://www.prb.org/

UN World Population Prospects — http://esa.un.org/unpd/wpp/

UN World Urbanization Prospects — http://esa.un.org/unpd/wup/

UNICEF Data: Monitoring the Situation of Children and Women – http://www.data.unicef.org/

CIA – The World Fact Book – https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

Nation Master – http://www.nationmaster.com/

If It Were My Home – https://www.ifitweremyhome.com/

Additional statistical resources may be found at the bottom of our Statistics and Polls page:  https://www.cocc.edu/library/stats/


Need Help?

Need help finding some information?  Are you new to databases and want to find an article?  Do you need help printing a document?  The LIBRARY INFORMATION DESK on the main floor of the library is the place to go when you have a question!

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You can also talk with librarians 24/7 via our chat service located on the Library webpage.

CHATnow

Or, email me, Cat Finney, at cfinney@cocc.edu!


 

 

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WR 65 Denison-Furness

First–it’s a great idea to get to know key service points within the actual library!

Library Reserve and Circulation Desk
Faculty place readings and  course materials  (sometimes including text books) on RESERVE at the library so that students can check them out for short periods of time.  The Library Reserve/Circulation desk is also where you can check out library materials, including laptops, keys to group study rooms, books and more!


Library Information Desk and 24/7 Librarian Assistance
Need help finding some information?  Are you new to databases and want to find an article?  Do you need help printing a document?  The LIBRARY INFORMATION DESK on the main floor of the library is the place to go when you have a question!

You can also talk with librarians 24/7 via our chat service located on the
Library webpage!

CHATnow


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 to access online encyclopedia collections. These resources 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.)

Here’s some of our general collections of online encyclopedias–either of these would be good places to search for information on stereotypes.

Credo Reference Online

Gale Reference Online


 To Find Articles, Use Journal Article Databases:

Start at the Campus Library webpage at:http://www.cocc.edu/Library/.

Look for the articles and more link to access journal article databases.

Here’s a few databases (from our list of over 100) that are a good place to start:

Academic One File
Academic Search Premier
General OneFile
MasterFile Premier

For newspaper articles, try:

America’s News
Bend Bulletin
The New York Times
The New York Times – Historical

Take a look at the Resources by Subject link as well–it will list all databases and online encyclopedias for specific subject areas!


Effective Database Searching:

  • choose to limit your results to full text
  • explore pull down menus that let you choose to limit your search to article titles
  • start with keyword searching when available
  • use ” ” for phrases
  • use * to locate endings to words (truncation)
  • use boolean commands (nicotine or smok*) and pregnan*
  • 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!

Citation Format:

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/
http://www.cocc.edu/library/citations/

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More Help:

Help is Always Available!

Again, remember that you can always talk with librarians 24/7 via our chat service located on the Library webpage.

Or e-mail us at:  refdesk@cocc.edu.

Or call us at:  (541)383-7567.

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