Basics of Researching at the OCC Library
- Basics of the Library
- What does the library offer?
- Books, Periodicals, On-line Research Databases, Computer labs
- Who can help me?
- Reference Librarians--in person, by telephone, via email
- Create your search strategy
- Know your topic--check spelling, definition
- Identify main concepts--keywords, subjects
- Create search strategy--find synonyms, elminate extra words, combine
keywords with "and"
- Choose the appropriate resources
- Revamp your strategy after you see what kind of results your getting.
- Finding Books
- When to use Books -- Broader coverage, Different points of view on one
- Use OCCat from library
- Use one book to find other resoures
- Finding Journal or Magazine Articles
- When to Use Periodicals -- Topical, current, in-depth coverage of one
specific aspect of a topic
- Use EBSCO Academic Search Premier from on-campus or home (see handout
for home access info.)
- Search by keyword first, then find other articles using subject link
- How do I get a copy of the article? Full text online, photocopy or
- Popular vs. scholarly magazines? Think newstand vs. what professionals
- Finding Newspaper Articles
- Use Lexis-Nexis or Proquest New York Times, but
only from campus.
- Search with same strategy as looking for books or
- Fnding Internet Sources
- Look for an .edu, .gov, .org, or .com in the
beginning part of the address
- Use search engines to start