Introduction to Political Analysis Conducting a literature review by moti

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									   Introduction to Political Analysis


   Conducting a literature
   review


                                 Susan Wishinsky
                                    Bibliographer
                             Political Science, IR and
                                     Geography
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  Finding the right source
     Using the library’s web pages
     Using subscription databases
     Using the web catalog
     Going beyond books and articles
     Connecting – in all senses of the word



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                 Why not google?

   Surfing the web finds free, non-copyrighted
    sources – most journal articles are
    copyrighted
   Can you trust the authority of what you find?
   The library pays for access to databases and
    full-text – take advantage of it




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             www.bu.edu/library/

   The library
    web site
    currently has
    over 1,775
    pages



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    …including a variety of
    Research Tools.
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  What’s online?
  Web catalog - library.bu.edu
     Use to identify books on your subject
     Use to identify journals to which the library
      subscribes (print and online) BUT not articles

       Represents information sources owned by
        the library, or to which the library
        subscribes.

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 Web catalog - library.bu.edu




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Search by:

   Word
Subject
Heading
Search by
word


Sort by
date
Search by word - results


 Note
locations
Locating the book
 Note
location
Note
status
Copy call
number
Locating the book at Mugar
 Use call
number
chart
Finding more books
 Use
subjects
  What’s online?
     Subscription databases
            144 databases – some subject oriented,
             some format-oriented (newspapers vs
             articles, government documents, images,
             etc.)
            Use to identify articles in journals




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Indexes and
databases
Indexes and
databases



 • Alphabetical
 list of all
 databases
 • Available
 through
 ethernet; proxy




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  Definitions
     Periodical Index
        Bibliography of articles organized by subject,
       author or title. Some indexes supply abstracts
       that summarize the content of articles.

     Subscription Database
        A collection of data or file of information in a
       form accessible by computer.



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    Subscription databases
    Many subscription databases are
   the online equivalents of print
   indexes, such as Reader’s Guide.
      Subscription databases can be
                format-based
                subject-based


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About Subscription databases
  Boston University Libraries do not create subscription
 databases; we select and subscribe to them based on
 curriculum need and product quality.
  More about subscription
  databases
    Some databases are collections of
   formats other than journal articles –
   government documents, images,
   newspaper articles, dissertations.
     Libraries worldwide buy databases
   from a variety of publishers, so they
   generally are not oriented to a single
   library’s collection.

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Subject-based - WPSA




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  Format-based - AccuNet/AP Multimedia Archive




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  Format-based - ProQuest Digital Dissertations




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  Differences…
     Subscription databases
            Every database has it’s own unique style –
             a search term might work in one, but not
             another
            Some databases contain full-text – MOST
             do not.
            Some databases link directly to the catalog
             to help you determine if we own a journal
             listed.

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  Similarities…
     Boolean logic




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  Similarities…




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With 144 databases, how do I
choose?




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Library
web




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Research
Guides
Index
page
Research Guides

• Full list of
subject
subscription
databases
• Useful web
sites
•Print
sources


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E-resources by subject


• Selective list
of subscription
databases
• Useful web
sites




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  3 top choices for this
  assignment
     Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
     Social Sciences Full-Text
     PAIS




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WPSA




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WPSA




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WPSA




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WPSA




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WPSA




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WPSA




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WPSA




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WPSA




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WPSA




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SSFT




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SSFT




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SSFT




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SSFT




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About full-text




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About full-text




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About citing

    The goal is to allow your readers to
   find your source
    Full-text electronic articles can be
   cited like paper (author/title/source)
    The Reference Desk has style
   manuals that demonstrate proper citing
   of different formats
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  Beyond books and articles
     Government Documents
     Think tank reports
     Statistics




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  Connecting – in all senses of
  the word
     Technical
            Subscription databases only available to
             current BU faculty, students and staff
            Connecting to databases from off-campus
             requires browser proxy settings
            Mugar has a wireless/VPN network on first
             3 floors


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  Connecting – in all senses of
  the word
     Practical
            Library has relatively few PCs
            Limited free printing – most full-text
             .10/page
            Copy machines do not accept points




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  Connecting – in all senses of
  the word
     Human
            Librarians at the Reference Desk happy to
             help you zero-in on best research tools




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  Step-by-step – at home
     Use the library catalog to identify books
      on your topic
     Use subscription databases to identify
      scholarly articles – return to the catalog
      to find journal titles and determine
      whether a journal is available in print or
      full-text

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  Step-by-step – come to the
  library
     Use the call number chart to determine
      where in the library a book or journal
      may be located
     Check out books at circulation;
      photocopy articles
     Ask at Reference if you have ANY
      questions

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