reference databases

reference databases

The Un-Wikipedia

The Un-Wikipedia

Have you ever been researching a topic for class and really needed an encyclopedia?  We’ve all been there, and often we click to Wikipedia. That sometimes is okay for getting you familiar with a topic, but for academic purposes, that source just isn’t reliable enough….even according to that online encyclopedia’s founder! (http://chronicle.com/blogPost/Wikipedia-Founder-Discourages/2305) Fortunately, the IU East Campus Library subscribes to Encyclopaedia Britannica Online. This is a thorough and reliable encyclopedia assembled, like the old paper version, by the best minds in their fields.  Like many of the resources IU East subscribes to, it has been rigorously peer-reviewed and verified for accuracy.  Wikipedia is produced by its users – some are quite smart, others not so much.  The Encyclopaedia Britannica counts some … Continued
The Right Cite

The Right Cite

So, it’s a third of the way into the semester, and you have some papers coming due.  Research papers.  And you need to cite your sources.  Well, there are many helpful aids to doing that.  We have the style manuals at the library’s front desk that you can use.  And we, and our colleagues in the Writing Lab, are glad to help you figure them out.  There’s the Online Writing Lab at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/, which is great for getting you through MLA or APA style.  And there’s RefWorks, a program we subscribe to that will help you generate whole reference lists. But for a lot of things, references are even simpler than all that!  For many of our databases, citations can … Continued
What if your book read itself to you?

What if your book read itself to you?

Hi, this is Matt Dilworth. I do reference here in the library. I’d like to write about a tool the library just upgraded – Ebrary, a database for electronic books. Do you use a Kindle, or Google Books? This is kind of similar. You can get into Ebrary from the library’s main page – click on eBooks from the left-hand menu, then choose Ebrary. When you search for a book, you get a list in order of how relevant Ebrary thinks they are to what you typed. But in this new version, in the table of contents, chapters are now ranked according to relevance as well as whole books. You can even look at the results screen by chapter rather … Continued