Library workshop #1
Overview of workshop: Getting started with the literature review and using the library. Will cover how our library fits into CUNY and beyond; How to access library databases and use the FindIt button to get articles including how to push the citation into interlibrary loan and Google Scholar; How to find books inside of CUNY and beyond; Using Google Scholar to link to library content (and push citations into a citation manager).
Reflection for today's workshop
We have almost *everything*
We have hundreds of thousands of ejournals and ebooks. If we don't have what you need, we can help you get it via Interlibrary Loan.
Electronic content outside of City Tech
Every CUNY library has distinctive library resources that they pay for. Although you can borrow books from other CUNY libraries, you can not request any electronic content from outside of City Tech from your office or home. Access electronic content from outside of City Tech by:
Interlibrary loan for most types of content is possible. Let's all take a moment to sign up.
Finding books and more outside of CUNY
WorldCat is an immense resource in finding books and archival materials, particularly in the English-speaking world.
MaRLI is an initiative that provides access for CUNY faculty to New York University and Columbia's libraries via New York Public Library. You can borrow books and access electronic content on-site. Annual access runs from Oct. 1-Sept. 30.
Archives, manuscripts and other special collections present a special challenge. This guide from the Society of American Archivists is very helpful. We are familiar with NUCMUC, the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections. Your best resources will likely come from the existing secondary literature on your topic.
Access electronic content only via the library's website (with the exception of Google Scholar when it is configured to connect to our library)
How to access library article databases
How to find a specific journal
How to find books inside CUNY and beyond;
OneSearch (see box below)
What is Google Scholar?
Google Scholar indexes
Advantages to Using Google Scholar
Issues to be Aware of When Using Google Scholar
Google Scholar can be connected to library resources and allow exporting of citations!
Before searching in Google Scholar first set Google Scholar’s preferences to connect to City Tech Library.
After selecting Library Links, search "New York City College of Technology" and then check off the options and SAVE
Now links to content in the library will appear. Finalize your customization by adding export to your citation manager in the basic settings menu.
(some text by Prof. Miriam Deutsch, Brooklyn College)
RefWorks is a citation manager that is geared to faculty, not students. It works with many resources, particularly Google Scholar. The best part of RefWorks is that you can create custom styles. Some journals have a unique variant on an existing citation style and RefWorks allows you to adjust your citations to fit that style.
Zotero is a free, open source citation manager. It does not allow for customization not as powerful as RefWorks but it allows you to easily share your citations with a co-author, unlike RefWorks. It is also much easier to learn.
Mendeley is used by academics in the sciences and has some nice social components.
This article in Nature provides an overview of citation managers. You can embed documents in most citation managers including RefWorks.
Let's Go Meta! Finding a review article: not as common outside the sciences. Includes both literature reviews as well as systematic reviews (evaluates the research) [In the humanities and social sciences, we might want to focus on finding a recent book related to our topic and review its bibliography. Book-length bibliographies, although increasingly less common, are another means to gain an overview on a topic].