EDL 513 – overview of education library resources

Hey! I’m Melissa Raymer, the Education Library Liaison, and I am going to go over ways to locate
articles and other research material for your, and other research material for your class
projects. I am going to show you some places to start The library’s website is library.uncw.edu And as long as you go through the Randall
Library’s homepage. You will be prompted here for credentials if you off campus. So you will use the same login that you use for email, Blackboard, and all the other sign in
systems on campus. A little bit about the library’s website. You have got the search box on the homepage, which searches a variety of resources from the
library, articles, books, videos, journals, and more. We have by Databases, you can get a
Recommended Starting Point list, Alphabetic by
Database Name, as well as Subject and Type. You can also search the library’s catalog for books, ebooks, and other material. And then we a Get Help tab area, where you Email, Call, or Chat with a Librarian, if you have any questions. As well as Find Your Librarian, where myself will be listed. if you need any specific class help. Definitely take advantage of those areas for help. Where I am going to start is, for this level of a course, I would like to gear you away from the
search box here in the center of the library’s homepage. I would like you to focus in on the subject
specific databases. Again it is within the Databases button, or this link underneath the box for Subject Specific
Databases. Here we the librarians have taken the 200 plus databases that we have and have chunked them together by
discipline/subject area. And we have one for Education. This is a good place to start for any of your
Education course research projects. Basically a little bit about the guide. We have the main article searching databases in the center under Recommended Databases. And then on the right and left we have them categorized whether it is ebook, video, image
databases, statistics. things of that nature as well as websites that we suggest. But also if you scroll down, there is contact
information. And Education is lucky. There are two librarians that support Education, Kathryn Batten and then
myself, Melissa Raymer. Email is a really good way to contact Kathryn or I, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Email is a really good way to contact Kathryn or I, and we will get back to you as soon as we can to
help you. And then of course you can take advantage of those other contacts through the Get Help. So let’s take a look at some of the databases for articles, dissertations/theses, book reviews, book chapters. Different databases provide different types of resources. Let’s look at some of the Recommended
Databases. The first database, ERIC. That’s a core database in the field of Education The journals that are publishing within that
database are going to be core Education
journals, so the authors and publishers are in the
Education field. Other databases in the Recommended
Databases that are vital for research are Sage
and JSTOR. They are multi-disciplinary databases. So they cover all kinds of disciplines. So it’s good for any cross diciplinary research But different databases provide different journal titles. So you may see some duplication, but then of course you’re gonna see titles in one database
that is not offered in the other. So it is a good way to cover all your bases, is to search various databases to get your
resources that you need for your research
projects Let’s take a look at ERIC. I am going to use a sample search topic here. The topic is, the place of gaming in instruction and assessment. Basically I am going to pull out the core
keywords in that statement and start my search I am going to use gaming and then I am going to use instruction and then I am going to add
assessment. You can see that I took advantage of the multiple search boxes. You can see on the left hand side drop down menus, I have got my Boolean or my connectors, AND, OR, NOT. And the most common that we use is obviously AND So I am looking for all three of those words,
somewhere in my search results. Also, below the search boxes, you can see there are some limits. I can limit to Peer Review, Scholarly Journals, and ERIC full text documents and journals only. Now the only two that I would worry about here is, you can check scholarly and you can check
peer reviewed. Those would be the two that if I was going to check that I would check, but I am going to leave
them unchecked for now. Another way you can also control your results is by publication date. So right now, we are at all dates. That is current to historical information. Again, I am going to leave it, but obviously you can click on the drop down menu and you have options. You can actually put in a date range. So if your topic is very broad, you can always go back and
limit by date if you need to. Once you have your keywords setup, just hit Search. See what type of results you get. I have 41 results. They are sorted in relevancy, similar to Google. They are trying to put the results they think would match your search best up top. But you can change sort to current to oldest first, and then just hit the Sort button to redo your
results. My results are down kind of in the center. The left hand side I can there again start limiting my results. There are 24 Scholarly Articles, 10 Other
Sources, 5 either Book Reviews and/or
Chapters, there is 1 Dissertation & Theses, 1 report and other. And then here I can also see that my results go back to 1974 to current. I can manipulate that data range by sliding the bar, and hitting Update. Let’s take a look at a few of these results. From here you can see these highlighted texts, those are the keywords that I put in my search
box. For number 1, I can see there is HTML Full Text option as well as a PDF. Not all results will provide two options. Some will provide either or as well as Get It
From UNCW. Which means a few things. We are in ERIC. So think of it as in we are at one store, say
Target, and Target is out of Dove soap. So you need to try to go to another store to see if another store has it. You would go to say Walmart to see if Walmart
has it. That is where Get It comes into play. Get It From UNCW means we tried ERIC, the database, but we have 200 plus databases. So I am going to see if those other databases have that journal with the full text online. And see if that option first. And if we don’t have it online full text through one of those other databases. Then potentially maybe we still have it in our print bound journal collection, or another format
such as microfilm/microfiche. Or it could be an instance of we need to get it through Interlibrary Loan. A service where we borrow material from other libraries in the country. Get It is a very nice service. Let’s look at the record for number 1. I am going to click on the title. What’s good about looking at a record,
especially of an article that seems to be a good
article for your topic. You want to scroll and be sure that you are on the Abstract details tab. The Abstract, you can read the summary of the article, and this is core in saving time. When you are doing research there should be enough information in that abstract/summary to let you know if you should keep that article in a virtual pile, so to speak. That you can access later when you start your actual research, kind of start collecting your
sources. If you scroll down to the Details, this Subject list is very core too. Especially when you are trying to figure out the correct keyword combination. Research is about the keyword combination, putting those puzzle pieces together to make
that puzzle complete. The Subject keywords can be vital in helping you expand those keywords, suggesting keywords
you may have not of thought to use. Especially when you are thinking of something like this. In what I mean is, we used the word
gaming. Well there are words like Computer Simulation, Multimedia Instruction, Simulated Environment,
Role Playing, Video Games. These are other keywords that I could add to my Research Strategy, which is that keyword search
to enhance it. So keep that in mind, and then there is some other useful information as well in the Abstract detail record. So if you keep scrolling down, if you see under Source Type. It says Scholarly Journal, Peer
Reviewed, Yes. So if this is a criteria for your research, you can see that is a scholarly peer reviewed article. It can be something that you could definitely use. If this fits your topic criteria. So let’s go back to our results. And we will look at number 2. As you can see from number 2, there in no full text listed. It is just abstract, details, Get It From UNCW. When I click on Get It From UNCW, you will see something that appears like this, “Sorry, It
appears we do not have access to this journal.” You can see in the citation it is from 2017. If I want to check the UNCW Library Catalog. I can see we own the journal, Technology,
Pedagogy, and Education. Online access is
1997 to 2009. And our print access is 2007 to 2009. So basically we have 1997 to 2009. And since this is from 2017, we do not have access through UNCW. This would be an option that if you read the
summary and abstract, and it sounded like it
was a good article for you to use. You can request through UNCW Interlibrary
Loan. This is a free service. Login with your credentials Once your account is setup, which takes a
minute. You will see that the form is auto-populated with the article information. Hit Submit. And then you would wait for an email
confirmation. And then once you get an email confirmation, you will login to Interlibrary Loan. As you can see on my screen, I have an article Click on the PDF. Save it to my computer and/or print it out. And I will have access to it It will only stay in this portal for 30 days. Articles take 3 to 5 business days to get, where books will take about an average 8 to 10 days. You can do a New Request for Articles and/or Books through the Interlibrary Loan portal. You can see on the left hand Menu to do that, and the Edit Your Profile. That’s where the first time you login to Interlibrary Loan, you will be asked to setup your profile. This is important if you are Distance Education student, meaning you live outside of the
Wilmington area. So an hour or more away. You would select your status as Distance
Education or the Distance Ed Grad. Either one will one will open up the home
address field, and then here you can put in your
mailing address. And then Submit. So if you are submitting anything for books, we will actually mail the book to your house with free
return shipping. Now the articles, will again, be uploaded into this portal. and then you just access them from the
computer. How do you get to Interlibrary Loan outside of article searching, If you go to the library’s hompage, so
library.uncw.edu. Under the teal toolbar, Use the Library, Services, Interlibrary Loan. You click there, login. Create an original request, and/or retrieve your articles

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