Tuesday, March 31, 2009

How to Search by Author

If you need to find an article or book by a specific author, and you don't have any title or journal information, or don't know what library database to look in, there are a couple ways to proceed:

For books
there are 3 options:
    • Go to our E-Book Catalog and type in the author's name (e.g. Fyodor Dostoyevsky) and switch the "Field to Search" to Author.
    • If the title is not in our collection, use WorldCat and type the author name in the Author search box provided. This will tell you if there is a library near you that has the book on it's shelves.
    • Use the Advanced Google Book Search to search by author name.
For articles you have multiple options too:
    • Multi-Database Search: click on the "Advanced Search" tab, type in the author name, select Author from the drop-down menu and select one or more Subjects or Databases to search.
    • Search multiple EBSCO, ProQuest or Gale Group databases at once. Each of these vendors provides several very extensive databases covering all fields of study and the ability to search all the databases within each at the same time. This can be helpful if the author name is a common one and you might want to limit the results with keywords or dates.
    • Use Google Scholar and click on the "Advanced Scholar Search" link to the right of the search box and use the Author search box there.

Library on Twitter

Are you a twitterer? If so, check out the library's twitter feed here:

Through our twitter feed you can keep up with the latest and greatest research tips and library resources, and share your questions and feedback with the librarians and your fellow students.

Spread the word!

To find out more about Twitter (what it is & how it's used):
Twitter in Plain English (by Common Craft):

Questions? Ask a Librarian

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wikipedia: Beneath the Surface

Wikipedia: Beneath the Surface is an even-handed, six minute video tutorial from the North Carolina State University Libraries, discussing how Wikipedia works, where the information in it comes from, and how to properly evaluate information contained within it.

If you've ever used Wikipedia as a starting point in doing research, or just for finding out about something of personal interest, you should spend a couple minutes finding out where that information comes from - you'll be a more informed person for it:

Wikipedia: Beneath the Surface
Questions? Ask a Librarian

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Take a library workshop from home!

Want to:
  • save time and effort on doing research assignments?
  • search the library more effectively and efficiently?
  • get a leg up on doing superior research using scholarly resources?
  • learn how to search the online library from the comfort of your own home?
If so, you may be interested in the Library's new @Home workshop: Introduction to Searching

A one hour, hands-on, class. It takes place entirely on the web. This means you can take the workshop from home using a computer with Internet access (technical requirements apply: see details on linked page below).

Topics Covered:
  • Where to Get Help
  • Search Tips
  • Using the Resources by Subject guides
  • Searching for Journal & Newspaper Articles
  • Searching for E-Books
For requirements, schedule and registration details view the @Home Library Workshop page.

Here is an annotated screen shot of the online classroom:

Questions? Ask a Librarian