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					 Library Research                                   Loan Nguyen ( ltnguyen1@stthom.edu )
                                                                           (713) 525-2189

STARTING YOUR SEARCH

1. Divide your topic into parts.
2. Identify the most important words or concepts in your topic.
3. Once you know the “parts” of your topic, think of synonyms for your keywords. There may be words
   that mean the same thing. You can consult a thesaurus or a good dictionary for help with finding
   synonyms.

HINTS FOR SUCCESSFUL SEARCHING

   1. Boolean Search:
            Use AND - narrow down a search: cafeteria AND universities
            Use OR – broaden a search: cafeteria OR food court
            Use NOT – limit your topic (cars or automobiles) NOT Europe
            Use parentheses to combine: (cafeteria OR food court) AND (universities OR colleges)

   2. Leave small articles and prepositions (such as: a, an, the, with, for, in, on) out of your search.
   3. Use quotation marks to search for a phrase. For example, “Gone with the Wind” will only find
      items that include the phrase “Gone with the Wind”. It would not find an item about research on
      wind speed done in the city of Gone, Pennsylvania.
   4. When you find a useful book or article, look at the bibliography. The author has probably cited
      other books and articles that would be useful to you. When you find one that you are interested in,
      look up in the library catalog, journal A to Z or the library databases.
   5. Many databases use the asterisk (*) as a truncation symbol. This means you can type in the root
      of a word, followed by an *, and the catalog or database will search for any words that start with
      the letters you’ve typed. So, for example, searching for nurs* would find nurse, nurses, and
      nursing. Comput* would find computer, computers, computing, and computerization. This trick
      can save you time by searching for variations of your search terms all at the same time. It will
      usually only work at the end of a word, not at the beginning or in the middle.


SEARCHING BOOKS

      From the library’s home page (http://library.stthom.edu), choose “Search the Library Catalog.”
      The default search is the General Keyword search. Type your search terms in the search box.
      Write down the collection and call number.



SEARCHING DATABASES

   1. To connect to the library databases, go directly to: http://library.stthom.edu (or go to the
      university main page and choose “Library & Research” link at the bottom.); Click on “Choose a
      Library Database.”
   2. The Library has many different electronic databases. If you know the name of the database, you
      can click on the first letter of the database in the Alphabetical List. If you don’t know which
      database you want, then look on the Subject List to find the subject that your topic falls under and
      select a database from that group.

            Note: If you are off-campus – at home or work – then you will be asked to enter your
            CELT username and password after you click on the name of the database. To login,
            enter your UST CELT username and password. Once you enter this information,
            you will be taken straight into the database you are trying to access.



SEARCHING JOURNALS

      Click on the Browse the list of Journal Holdings.
      Search journal by enter title or browse subjects under Education.

PEER REVIEW JOURNALS

Peer Review journals contain articles that have been reviewed by experts in the field. Manuscripts
submitted to a refereed journal are examined both by the editor and one or more specialists in the field
before approval is given to publish. This assures a better chance that the article is authoritative and will be
contribute to the field of knowledge.

MATERIAL NOT AVAILABLE AT DOHERTY LIBRARY?

       1. Materials at St. Mary’s Seminary
            .   Devote primarily to theology and closely related subject
            •   Search catalog at Cardinal Beran Library
            •   Use UST ID to check out books

       2.       Interlibrary Loan Service
            •   Submit form on line

       3        Texshare
            •   Obtain form at the circulation desk
            •   Borrow up to 4 books from each library

       4.       Rice University
            •   Obtain form at the circulation desk
            •   Borrow up to 4 books at a time for 4 weeks

ASK A LIBRARIAN


       Text a Librarian:
      Start your message with ASKUST and send to 66746
              For example: ASKUST what time the library close tonight?

      Chat:
      Library
      AIM: DohReference
      MSN Live Messenger: doherty_reference
      Yahoo! Messenger: doherty_reference

      Librarians are on duty:

      M-Th: 8 a.m. – 9:00 p.m; Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
      Sat: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
      Sun: 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
      Phone: (713) 525-2188

       E-Mail: reference@ stthom.edu

      Research Consultation: Appointment

Library of Congress call numbers
L – Education
L – Education (General)
LA – History of Education
LB – Theory and Practice of Education
       LB 1028 – Education research
LC – Special Aspects of Education
LD – Individual Institutions
LE – Individual Institutions – America (except United States)
LF – Individual Institutions – Europe
LG – Individual Institutions – Asia, Africa, Indian Ocean islands, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific
Islands
LH – College and school magazines and papers
LJ – Student Fraternities and societies, United States
LT -- Textbooks

Sample Library of Congress Subject Headings
Early childhood education
Education
Educational accountability                 -- Testing
Educational statistics                            -- Case Studies
Education, elementary                             -- Evaluation
Education, secondary                              -- Research
Educators
Elementary school teaching
Educational innovations
Educational literature
Educational reports
Educational statistics
Educational tests and measurements
Literacy


Sample Descriptors from ERIC


Literacy

Emergent literacy

Beginning reading
Early childhood education
Reading strategies
Literacy education
Speech communication
Language acquisition
Learning theories
Young children
Elementary education
Child development
Educational practices
Teaching styles
Multicultural education
Reading
Teaching methods
Content area reading
At risk persons
Academic achievement
Disabilities
Diversity
Piagetian theory
Mathematics education
Language arts
Creativity
Second language learning
Child psychology
Gender issues
Cognitive development
Vocabulary development
Educational psychology
Children’s literature

				
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