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  • Research Strategies 1: Getting Started: Search Strategy | Oviatt Library
    Getting Started Search Strategy Assignment Requirements Search Strategy Keyword Vs Subject Boolean Searching Developing a Search Strategy Once you have chosen a topic write it down in the form of a question or brief statement What is the relationship between SAT scores and college success Underline the key words and phrases that are most specific to your topic What is the relationship between SAT scores and college success Write down each key word or phrase and underneath it list synonyms or related terms Use a dictionary or thesaurus to find additional keywords For example SAT scholastic aptitude test college university success achievement Think about the singular plural and other endings of words and write down the root of the word SAT scholastic aptitude test college colleges college university universities universit success successful succeed succe achievement achieve achiever achieve Write down your key words and phrases along with their synonyms in the form of 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 Ask A Librarian

    Original URL path: http://library.csun.edu/Guides/ResearchStrategies/SearchStrategy (2016-02-17)
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  • Research Strategies 1: Getting Started: Keyword Vs. Subject | Oviatt Library
    you remember 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 of using keywords to find titles when you are unsure of the exact title Both CAGED and BIRD are in 6 titles There are 6 entries with CAGED BIRD You searched for the WORDS bird caged Found 6 items Caged bird medicine selected topics Charles V Steiner 1981 I know why the 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 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

    Original URL path: http://library.csun.edu/Guides/ResearchStrategies/KeywordVsSubject (2016-02-17)
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  • Research Strategies 1: Getting Started: Boolean Searching | Oviatt Library
    or or narrow and not a search within a database to locate relevant information Boolean operators are also called logical operators or connectors It is helpful to diagram the effects of these operators women or females Or retrieves records that contain any of the search terms It expands the search Therefore use or in between terms that have the same meaning synonyms or equal value to the search women and media And retrieves records that contain all of the search terms It narrows or limits the search Therefore use and in between terms that are required to make the search specific image not weight Not eliminates records that contain a search term It narrows or limits the search Therefore use not in front of a term to ensure that the search will not include that term Warning Some databases use and not instead of not Check the database help screen 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 Wild Cards Some databases allow for wild cards to be embedded within a word to replace a single character

    Original URL path: http://library.csun.edu/Guides/ResearchStrategies/BooleanSearching (2016-02-17)
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  • Oviatt Library Research Project Calculator
    Email Format Essay Date you will begin the assignment Date the assignment is due indicates a required a field The Oviatt Library Research Project Calculator was adapted from a product developed jointly by MINITEX and Minnesota Library Information Network MnLINK

    Original URL path: http://library.csun.edu/rpc/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Research Strategies 2: Finding Sources: Articles | Oviatt Library
    If full text isn t available in the database click the button to see if we have access to the article in another database or in print in the library If no Find Text button is available or you didn t find the article through our databases search for the magazine or journal title using the Journals tab in the library catalog If the full text isn t available through the Library you can request an Interlibrary Loan for the article s that you need However you must allow about two weeks for this Types of Periodicals Different types of publications have different purposes and different audiences When we talk about journals magazines we can usually divide these publications into three broad categories scholarly journals popular magazines and trade publications Check Ulrich s to see if a journal is peer reviewed referreed Scholarly Journals Trade Publications Popular Magazines Newpapers Current Psychology Research and Reviews Information Today Psychology Today New York Times Geographical Perspectives Aviation Week and Space Technology Discover USA Today Scholarly Journals Peer reviewed Referreed Authors are authorities in their fields Authors cite their sources in endnotes footnotes or bibliographies Individual issues have little or no advertising Articles must go through a peer review or refereed process Articles are usually reports on scholarly research Illustrations usually take the form of charts and graphs Articles use jargon of the discipline Trade Publications Authors are specialists in a certain field or industry Authors often mention sources but rarely formally cite them in bibliographies Intended audience includes people in the industry or people seeking employment in the industry There is no peer review process Articles give practical information to people in an industry Some illustrations are included usually charts graphs etc Authors use jargon of the industry Popular Magazines and Newspapers Authors

    Original URL path: http://library.csun.edu/Guides/ResearchStrategies/FindingArticles (2016-02-17)
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  • Historicizin' & Contemporizin' the Black Aesthetic | Oviatt Library
    1970 s African and African American clothing and accessories compliments of Vintage Fashion Collector Esther Gingberg of Golyester Vintage Clothing in Los Angeles Men of Color Enquiry Student Research Posters featuring The Justice System in Black and White Journal to Manhood Black Men in Music Mass Incarceration of Black Males is the New Jim Crow Black Men in Music and more Art and memorabilia from the Educational Opportunity Program EOP the Black Alumni Association BAA the CSUN Black Student Union BSU NAACP Student Organization the African Student Organization ASO Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Dr Theresa White and Dr Cedric Hackett Africana Studies Faculty Curators Events Upcoming Events Feed Black History Matters Online Game and Raffle Oviatt Library Website February 1 2016 12 00am to February 29 2016 12 00am Answer a Question a day for a chance to win Read More Vocal ARTillery Oviatt Library Learning Commons February 18 2016 12 00pm to 1 00pm Read More Business and Economic Data in the U S Census Oviatt Library Computer Lab B February 19 2016 1 00pm to 4 00pm Workshop Read More Read to Lead USU Grand Salon February 23 2016 9 00am to 11 00am The CSUN Athletics Department and the Oviatt Library invite you to the third panel discussion in the Read to Lead program series Read More Black History Matters Wikipedia Edit a thon Oviatt Library Lab A February 24 2016 1 00pm to 4 00pm Read More Civil Rights Pioneer A Symposium on Judge Loren Miller Jack Florence Ferman Presentation Room February 29 2016 3 00pm to 5 00pm Read More WISE presents STEM Education Challenges and Career Opportunities Orange Grove Bistro March 14 2016 5 30am Networking Opportunity and Mixer The Oviatt Library and the Bonita J Campbell Endowment for

    Original URL path: http://library.csun.edu/events/BHM-2016-Historicizing-Contemporizing-Black-Aesthetic?type=exhibition (2016-02-17)
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  • Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy Exhibition | Oviatt Library
    her paintings and beautiful unique Chinese calligraphy She held many individual Chinese Art Exhibitions in Singapore Australia Japan Taiwan the United States and other countries Her beautiful artistic works were selected several times by World Chinese Paintings Calligraphy Exhibition and are highly admired and collected by Chinese art lovers and collectors Exhibit sponsored by the College of Humanities and the China Institute Events Upcoming Events Feed Black History Matters Online Game and Raffle Oviatt Library Website February 1 2016 12 00am to February 29 2016 12 00am Answer a Question a day for a chance to win Read More Vocal ARTillery Oviatt Library Learning Commons February 18 2016 12 00pm to 1 00pm Read More Business and Economic Data in the U S Census Oviatt Library Computer Lab B February 19 2016 1 00pm to 4 00pm Workshop Read More Read to Lead USU Grand Salon February 23 2016 9 00am to 11 00am The CSUN Athletics Department and the Oviatt Library invite you to the third panel discussion in the Read to Lead program series Read More Black History Matters Wikipedia Edit a thon Oviatt Library Lab A February 24 2016 1 00pm to 4 00pm Read More Civil Rights Pioneer A Symposium on Judge Loren Miller Jack Florence Ferman Presentation Room February 29 2016 3 00pm to 5 00pm Read More WISE presents STEM Education Challenges and Career Opportunities Orange Grove Bistro March 14 2016 5 30am Networking Opportunity and Mixer The Oviatt Library and the Bonita J Campbell Endowment for Women in Science and Engineering cordially invite you to join us as we celebrate Pi Day Join us for our Pi Day Celebration where you will hear from scientists engineers educators and other STEM professionals who will share insights into their careers in science computer technology engineering

    Original URL path: http://library.csun.edu/events/chinese-paintings-calligraphy?type=exhibition (2016-02-17)
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  • California's Call: The Lure and Lore of the Golden State | Oviatt Library
    Lore of the Golden State January 16 2015 to December 23 2015 Library Gallery From the United States earliest days the American West was lauded as a land of uncharted opportunity with westward expansion the nation s ultimate destiny California s mid 19th century Gold Rush helped engender the myth of the state s endless possibilities Late 19th century descriptions of California as the Land of Promise and Golden State serve as further evidence of California s mythos and role in the American psyche as a place of affluence and growth A movement focused on California boosterism grew in the state in the late 19th and early 20th centuries Boosters promoted and reinforced the myth of California especially its residents good fortune health and prosperity Many inspired and eager to believe what they saw in booster publications moved west Much of the colorful literature on display in the gallery was meant to lure tourists and prospective residents to California through the use of captivating imagery and enticing descriptions of California s wonders Though the state did not always live up to its overwhelmingly positive hype the myth of California persists For more information call 818 677 2638 Image from the

    Original URL path: http://library.csun.edu/SCA/LibraryExhibits/CaliforniasCall?type=exhibition (2016-02-17)
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