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  • Physics and Astronomy Library Guide and Resources: Research Strategy | Oviatt Library
    a Boolean search statement Use the root word and truncate it with an asterisk Note Different databases use different truncation or wildcard symbols Check the database s help page For example SAT or scholastic aptitude test and college or universit and sucee or achieve Choose the Right Resource When choosing resources for your assignment consider Assignment requirements what does the professor want you to cite Learn about your topic You may want to use a reference book like an encyclopedia print or online to start out with if you don t have a clear understanding of your topic yet Time the more current the topic the less will be found in scholarly journals or books which take longer to get published Recent events will be covered on the Internet in newspapers and magazines as well as in the media Depth of coverage and or the topic scholarly journals and books cover topics in more depth than magazines and newspapers Some topics are not covered by the popular press e g research that would not be of interest to the average consumer Quality of the resource see Step 3 Evaluating Sources Type of Information You Need Try These Resources Does your topic cover current events Newspapers magazines Internet Do you need general information on a specific topic written in a non specialist style Newspapers magazines Internet Do you need in depth information on a specific topic written for the college student and above by authorities in the field Scholarly journals Do you need more detail and or has the topic been written about for awhile Books Do you need an overview quick facts statistics on a topic Reference books Internet Ask a Librarian At reference desk most hours the library is open 818 677 2285 http library csun edu AskUs Boolean

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  • Political Science Library Guide: Overview | Oviatt Library
    the words and phrases play to your emotions or bias the content Are there advertisements that suggest the information might be biased toward selling a product rather than providing objective information Can you determine from the Web site s address URL a particular bias Often the URL domain s extension com edu etc gives you a clue about the site Using URLs to Determine Authority and Objectivity Internet address URL domain extensions can be used to help determine authority and objectivity A more complete list of two and three letter URL extensions is also available gov Government The intent of the site is to present official information collected by or about the workings of a government edu Educational institution The intent of the site is to educate as well as present information collected by or about the educational institution com Commercial The intent of the site is to sell goods or services as well as provide information about the company org Organization usually non profit The intent of the site is to present information collected by or about the organization Sometimes the intent of the site is to promote a particular point of view net Network usually personal Web pages The intent of the site is as varied as the individual s responsible for the content Subject Searching New topics may not yet be included in the database s controlled vocabulary Using the appropriate subject heading for a topic will retrieve all items in the database indexed under that topic If you do not know the appropriate subject heading for your topic conduct a keyword search first and look at the subject heading s of a relevant item Subject Searching Examples Looking at the results you would hopefully recognize the book you were seeking in this case 2 Conduct a keyword search using the term ocean birds You searched for the WORD ocean birds QL673 L73 1984b Author Lofgren Lars Title Ocean birds their breeding biology behavior Lars Lofgren Publisher Beckenham Kent Croom Helm c1984 Description 240 p ill some col 29 cm Bibliography Bibliography p 236 Subject Sea birds Once you have a relevant item check the subject heading Now conduct a subject search using the correct subject heading sea birds You searched for the SUBJECT sea birds 23 SUBJECTS found with 37 ENTRIES Sea Birds 3 related Subjects Sea Birds 11 entries Sea Birds Behavior Sea Bird Ecology By selecting 2 you will get a list of all the items on the topic of ocean birds indexed in the database as sea birds Note also the list of subject headings allows you to locate items on more specific topics as well as related topics Keyword Searching Examples Variety of terms If you are looking for items on the movies use additional keywords such as film films cinema or motion pictures An example of retrieving results unrelated to your topic false drops using the keyword cricket will retrieve items about the sport as well as the insect An example

    Original URL path: http://library.csun.edu/Guides/PoliticalScience (2016-02-17)
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  • Psychological Measurement & Instrument Guide: Scope | Oviatt Library
    and vocational tests and measurements Another purpose of the guide is that of providing access to information about the general subject of testing The CSUN Department of Psychology keeps a collection of psychological tests in Sierra Hall 333G For access to the collection contact the department s Research Coordinator at 818 677 2815 The Oviatt Library does not keep any psychological tests but does have databases e g PsycINFO PsycARTICLES ERIC and PubMed and reference books with descriptions reviews and critiques of testing instruments The users can also locate contact information about the publishers of the tests that they are seeking With this information the user will learn the cost and availability of the tests and how to go about getting them Keep in mind of the following information Finding specific tests and measurements can be challenging In some cases you will find only a description or review of the test and not the test itself Not all tests are readily available In order to obtain and administer many published psychological tests commercial tests one must be a licensed professional or meet certain criteria also many published tests are only available through purchase Non published or non commercial tests may be obtained more easily They can appear in books journal articles or in other sources Identifying and locating them may take some time and patience In brief there is no quick easy one stop shop guaranteed way of finding tests and measures Finding them requires looking in several different print and or electronic sources Published Widely used tests with established validity reliability and norms e g standardized tests usually commercially published and must be ordered or purchased from a publisher Non published Non commercial tests that have been developed or modified for controlled research studies Some may have established validity

    Original URL path: http://library.csun.edu/Guides/PsychMeasurementInstrument (2016-02-17)
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  • Psychology Research Guide: Overview | Oviatt Library
    Citing Your Sources Research Instruction and Outreach Services CSUN s Information Competence Program Collections Music Media Special Collections Archives Digital Collections Teacher Curriculum Center Government Documents Reserves Periodicals and Microform Reference About Mission Vision and Values Visitor Information Personnel Departments Strategic Planning Library History and Facts Building and Floor Maps Policies WASC Information Ask a Librarian Live Chat 24 7 Text a Librarian Reference Desk Subject Specialists Psychology Research Guide Overview Overview Articles Books Reference Sources APA Style Searching Tips This guide provides a framework for library research in psychology at California State University Northridge Research assistance is available from the Psychology Librarian and from general reference librarians Eric P Garcia Social Sciences Humanities Librarian Contact Information Oviatt Library 18111 Nordhoff St Northridge CA 91330 8328 Office Oviatt Library Room 226 2nd Floor Phone Number 818 677 6809 Fax 818 677 4136 Email Address eric garcia csun edu Related Guides Subject Guides Psychological Measurement Instrument Guide Course Guides Psychology 321 Library Resources Digital Collections Pins Cited at the Oviatt Exploring Research Topics Peek in the Stacks African American LGBTQ Periodicals Brad Pye Jr Los Angeles Sports Journalist and Community Advocate S F V S C November 4 1968 Oviatt Library

    Original URL path: http://library.csun.edu/Guides/Psychology (2016-02-17)
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  • Public Administration Library Guide and Resources: Overview | Oviatt Library
    caged bird sings 1969 Many voices 8A 6B sound recording for Adventures for re 1986 Maya Angelou Miles Shapiro 1994 Poco by Garry and Vesta Smith illustrated by Fred Crump 1975 Voices in Black White writings on race in America from H 1993 Wild Cards Some databases allow for wild cards to be embedded within a word to replace a single character For instance in InfoTrac you can also use the question mark within a word to replace a character For example wom n will retrieve woman or women Truncation Most databases allow for a symbol to be used at the end of a word to retrieve variant endings of that word This is known as truncation Using truncation will broaden your search For example bank will retrieve bank or banks or banking or banker or bankruptcy etc Databases and Internet search engines use different symbols to truncate In general most of the Library s databases use the asterisk however the exclamation point is used in LexisNexis Check the database help screen to find the correct truncation symbol Be careful using truncation Truncating after too few letters will retrieve terms that are not relevant For example cat will also retrieve cataclysm catacomb catalepsy catalog etc It s best to use the boolean operator or in these instances cat or cats Access Databases from Off Campus Only current CSUN students faculty and staff can access our databases from off campus To access the databases from off campus click the name of the database You will then see a screen asking you to log in using your CSUN User ID and password the same ID and password you use to log in to the portal For more information see Accessing Library Resources from Off Campus and the Library s Copyright Statement in particular the Appropriate Use of Oviatt Library s Electronic Resources section Narrow or Broaden Your Search Use AND between terms to narrow your search example television and violence and children Use OR and or truncate words to broaden your search example children or youth or adolescents example child will find child children etc Note check online help for the correct truncation symbol Keyword Searching Use keyword when your term may be very new very distinctive or jargon e g instant messaging XML Use a variety of keywords There may be additional items on your topic that use different terms Be aware that you may retrieve items not related to your topic called false drops When you cannot remember the exact title of an item do a keyword search using the title words you remember Limiting Search Results in the Library Catalog You may further refine your search results by selecting when it is available Basic keyword searches and Advanced searches can be limited prior to submitting the search or after by selecting Search limits include publication date language material type publisher and location Sorting results by year is also an option CSUN Policy on Plagiarism The following sections are excerpted

    Original URL path: http://library.csun.edu/Guides/PublicAdministration (2016-02-17)
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  • Public Opinion Polls and Surveys | Oviatt Library
    Several of this organization s projects such as Pew Research Center for the People the Press regularly conduct public opinion polls and make results available online Odum Archive includes the Odum Public Opinion Data Odum Institute American National Election Studies Includes The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior Public opinion and electoral behavior in American politics since 1948 Huffpost Pollster tracks and analyses political polls on presidential congressional and gubernatorial races with links out to other polls Kaiser Polls Kaiser Family Foundation Public opinion on health care issues Finding More Online Public Opinion Poll Sources The online sources this page emphasizes offer free access to public opinion poll data to help students find poll data on specific topics and to assist those studying question design How do you find more web sites like these National Council on Public Polls is an association of polling organizations consult their list of members Some charge a fee or require a subscription for access to data Use an internet search engine such as Google search for public opinion polls Local polls can be sponsored by community organizations If you find the name of a sponsoring organization or that of the organization that actually conducted the survey mentioned in a newspaper article or other secondary source you may be able to find more complete results through the organization that sponsored the poll As an example the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley sponsored several surveys of San Fernando Valley residents While some of the results were in local newspapers there is more data available as part of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley Virtual Library Newspaper Databases In addition you can find opinion polls in newspapers many of which are available via subscription databases Oviatt Library offers California State University Northridge students faculty and staff online access to full text newspapers via the Lexis Nexis Academic Proquest Newspapers and Ethnic Newswatch and Ethnic Newswatch A History databases Remember that many public opinion polls and or surveys are paid for by various news agencies newspapers or television so it should not be a surprise when the information ends up included in news articles The Historical Newspapers section of Databases by Subject News Current Issues lists full text online older newspapers such as ProQuest Historical Newspapers Los Angeles Times and ProQuest Historical Newspapers New York Times that are available for California State University Northridge students faculty and staff to use when older poll data is needed Print Sources of Public Opinion Polls Use the Library Catalog to find print sources Books on the subject are listed under Public Opinion Polls which is subdivided by geographic area Some studies of social attitudes are listed under Social Surveys or Public Opinion place Statistics which are subdivided by geographic area Examples include Gallup Poll and Gallup Poll Briefing Oviatt Library owns print copy from 1935 to 2008 American Attitudes Who Thinks what About the Issues That Shape Our Lives Each table of data includes the

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  • Public Relations Research Resources: Overview | Oviatt Library
    Building and Floor Maps Policies WASC Information Ask a Librarian Live Chat 24 7 Text a Librarian Reference Desk Subject Specialists Public Relations Research Resources Overview Overview News Articles Books Media Business Research Survey Research Borrow Images and Media Background Information Websites Citing Your Sources Plagiarism This website links to resources that provide professional and research information for CSUN students majoring in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations Choosing the best resources to use for research involves several factors including assignment requirements currency of the research topic and the depth of coverage needed Periodical articles magazines newspapers trade publications and scholarly journals are excellent sources of current and or specific information What is a Scholarly Article Video Library databases allow you to search for keywords using And Or Not Logic to help you identify relevant articles Research Therapy Be a Search Boss video Isabelle Ramos Reference Instruction Librarian Contact Information Oviatt Library 449B 818 677 4887 isabelle ramos csun edu Related Guides Subject Guides Diversity and the Media Library Internet Resources Journalism Research Resources Mass Communication Research Resources News Reporting Writing Research Resources Spanish Language Media Course Guides Freedom of the Press History of the American Media J340 Principles

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  • Recreation & Tourism Management | Oviatt Library
    headings you will find when you do a subject search in the Online Catalog The following are subject headings which will take you directly into our Library Catalog tourism parks management parks leisure sports recreation recreational therapy Encyclopedias Gale Virtual Reference Center has over 100 online encyclopedias Encyclopedia of recreation and leisure in America Reference Room GV53 E53 2004 2 volumes Encyclopedia of leisure and outdoor recreation Reference Room GV11 E55 2003 is also available online Journals The following are a select list of journals CSUN owns in paper and electronically The links to the journal titles go to the journal title s catalog record in our CSUN Catalog Periodicals and Serials Catalog The catalog record gives you the call number for the journal in print and may also provides a link to the online journal when journal is available online The library subscribes to several periodicals with assigned subject heading parks periodicals and recreation periodicals American Journal of Play Leisure Sciences Online Journal of Leisure Research Online Journal of physical education recreation dance JOPERD JOPERD is available full text in InfoTRAC s OneFile Research Quarterly Therapeutic Recreation Journal Databases The best way to find articles on a specific topic is to search in a database most of which index thousands of articles in thousands of journals Not all articles are available full text online some are in print only and some are not available from the Library except through Interlibrary Loan To determine the availability of an article most databases offer the FindText button The recommended databases can be accessed either from Databases A Z as well as from the list of Databases for Recreation and Toursim Management NetLibrary Provides access to thousands of electronic books that have been converted into electronic format from copyrighted printed books Electronic Reference

    Original URL path: http://library.csun.edu/guides/RTM (2016-02-17)
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