Sunday, March 16, 2008

Women and Social Movements in America

If you have an assignment that explores social movements or women's history in America, for example in areas related to feminism (or even the anti-feminist movement), women's suffrage and the ERA, women's labor movements, women's role in the anti-slavery or anti-lynching movements, or just about any other historical American event or reform movement involving women, you will want to check out the Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600-2000 online collection.

This is a searchable resource providing easy access to key primary source documents (documents created at the time of the event) and in accompanying secondary, scholarly materials - full-text books, essays, commentaries and biographies. The collection also includes a dictionary of social movements and organizations, a chronology of women's social history, and more than 600 historical images. This tool is maintained by the Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender at the State University of New York, Binghamton.

You can access this service by going to the library home page and clicking on the "Resources by Subject (or by title)" links in the left column or connect directly: Women and Social Movements in the United States.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Google Search Tips (part 2)

In the first part of our Google discussion we showed you how to use the Google search engine. Now that you've mastered the basics we'll talk about advanced searching: how to really make Google work for you!

Google offers several powerful search options. To access, click on the "advanced search" link to the right of the basic search box. On this page you'll see several features to help you refine your search and get more focused, relevant results. In the advanced search you can use any of the following limits to target your search:
  • by language (e.g., English, Spanish, etc.)
  • by file format (e.g., Microsoft Word (.doc) or .PDF)
  • by date (e.g., "last 3 months")
  • by domain, such as from academic sites (.edu) or nonprofits (.org)
  • search only for pages within a large site that itself contains many pages (such as: www.cnn.com or www.whitehouse.gov).
Google advanced search options:

Google advanced search optionsLooking for pictures or graphics? Use Google's "image search" (click on the "image" link above the basic search box) and your search will retrieve pictures whose titles match your search terms. Be sure to use images according to applicable copyright laws. Google also has a specialized search screen for finding news. Click on the "news" link above the basic search box to access this feature.

For more information on these and other advanced search options in Google, ask a librarian or see Google's page on "Advanced Search Made Easy."

Monday, March 3, 2008

Google Search Tips

What is Google and why use it? Google is a search engine: a tool to find information on the Internet. Searchers can go to http://www.google.com/ and use this free resource to locate all kinds of information, including web pages, images, news, and even maps. Google is a useful resource when you need to find basic information on a topic, especially if you don't know anything about it yet. For instance, if you were asked to research an unfamiliar topic, such as "clepsydra," would you know what keywords to use when searching library resources? Google can help you obtain basic facts and information on a topic so you can plan your formal library research more effectively.

How do I search using Google? Type your search words into the box provided, using one of the strategies below:
  • keywords or a person's name: tsunami or Pope John Paul
  • phrase enclosed in quotation marks: "torture memo"
  • words connected with AND, OR or NOT: Iran OR "North Korea"
You can learn more with Google's guide to searching at http://www.google.com/intl/en/help/basics.html. Important: when searching Google or any other search engine, remember that Internet resources are not normally peer-reviewed or selected by experts. In fact, anyone can publish a web site. This means you must carefully evaluate any information you find on the web and consider its validity before applying it to your research.