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SPEED, EASE & SUCCESS FINDING INFORMATION!

 

THREE BASIC INFORMATION SOURCES   TIPS & TECHNIQUES FOR USING THEM WELL
1) BOOKS
  • REFERENCE BOOKS - RHC Library's excellent reference collection is located on Floor 2. Ask librarians for help with these.
  • CIRCULATING BOOKS - Located on Floors 3 & 4. Check these out of the Library for use elsewhere.
 
  • From RHC Library's homepage, click on CATALOG, then on WEBCAT.
  • Start with KEYWORD SEARCHING. Use words and phrases you think describe the information you want. From the results list, look at the full description of items of interest to you and note the SUBJECT line of the record to see the subject headings assigned. Click on the subject headings that look especially relevant; what results is a list of other items about that same subject.
2) MAGAZINE, JOURNAL, and   NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
  • KEYWORDS = Words you think of to describe information you need.
  • SUBJECT HEADINGS = Words and phrases experts use in respective databases to describe information about any aspect of human life and interest.
  • From RHC Library's homepage, click on ONLINE DATABASES. What results is a list of the many online information systems to which we subscribe. Note the brief description for each one and that you can use many of these both on or off-campus.
  • ProQuest and SIRS are good ones to use for finding articles from magazines, journals, and newspapers.
  • Start with KEYWORD searching, get some results. Click on the titles listed that you feel will most likely give you information you need.  A full description of the article you clicked on appears. Note the SUBJECTS (subject headings or indexing terms) assigned to this article. Now try a SUBJECT search using these SUBJECTS.
3)  WEB SITES
  • Use sites that give good, authentic, authoritative, reliable information. 
  • Evaluate information you get from Web sites. However, when you use a Web subject directory some evaluation has already been done.
  • Learn to search the Web well... for example, take a look at the TILT Tutorial
 
  • Start with RHC Library's homepage by clicking on (a) SUBJECT GUIDES or (b) the links under GUIDES & INSTRUCTION.
  •  Get help from WEB SUBJECT DIRECTORIES - like www.lii.org and www.dmoz.org. These lead you to Web sites reviewed and recommended by experts as giving good, authentic, authoritative, reliable information.
  • Also, try this Guide from UC Berkeley librarians

Created by: Steve Brewster, Librarian
Last updated: 06/22/04

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