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How on earth did I cite this!? You and your students can get
The academic library can feel like a mysterious and ever-changing entity -that somehow boils down to a paragon of bookishness (if that's a word). While books are part of the program, this guide (which accompanies a workshop sponsored by CTLE) will help you learn about new library research techniques, new and expanded services, and to validate the skills you already possess (helping to dissuade imposter syndrome).
Validating your ideas & staying current
Finding just the main ideas and context helps frame your own research ideas -make a point of recording jargon, technical terms, names, populations, etc. "sort by date" -omit subjects/fields you don't want, etc.
Library Catalog (look in books -and sort by date-newest)
Academic Search Ultimate (mash of every discipline pop+scholar)
US Newsstream (most newspapers across the U.S.)
Top in Major Categories (multiple disciplines)
Engineering Village (mix of engineering disciplines) -search "ballet"
Biological Science Collection (bio sciences) -search "urban planning"
Education Full Text + ERIC (education/policy) -search "public funding" -then sort by "date newest"
MLA International Bibliography (literature, language, rhetoric) -search "diaspora"
Medline (life sciences, medicine) -search humanities AND interdisciplinary
PsychInfo OR Sociological Abstracts (social sciences) -search
Eclectic, historic, and wild card sources
Use these to discover articles in specific social science disciplines that work well for your topic (or aspects of the problem or solutions presented). These can contribute to your literature review, so document your searches and download good results.
HathiTrust (historic books; full-text searching)
see also Google Ngram
see also WorldCat
JSTOR (try their clever "do my literature review" site)
Proquest Dissertations & Theses -search: RadioHead OR "Led Zeppelin"
Women's Magazine Archive (unique run of magazines -with advertising in tact and searchable)
Library services all the cool kids are talking about
Digital Matters + Digital Humanities (partnership with colleges and the library)
Researcher + Author Services
Suggest a Purchase
Invite a librarian to work with your class
Scopus AND Web of Science -Amazing/Awesome databases, all scholarly:
tip 1: select "social sciences & humanities" at the search page (unchecking the others).
tip 2: Do a search and in the results, click "cited by" as the sorting option (right-hand side). The most cited, most influential articles will now appear at the top.
Google Scholar (fun discovery too, not always complete, but a worthwhile additional place to use)
Check out the PowerPoint for a quick overview of different tools available to measure scholarly impact.