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Library Research and Services at IWU – Using OCLS Using Off Campus Library Services © Off Campus Library Services
You will have many projects on different topics in your classes… How will you know what is available? Where will you go for information? Can you get information readily? You will need more than just Web based information found by “Googling. ”
Resources available through Off Campus Library Services OCLS pages provide links to resource materials of many different types: ◦ Journal articles ◦ Books at IWU (or other libraries) ◦ Reference materials ◦ Company information ◦ Title list of journals available at IWU ◦ Web page links …and more…
OCLS Home Page: www. indwes. edu/ocls
One thing that can make you a successful college student is to know how to do good research! Select useful topics that will stretch your potential in the business world. Know how to navigate the myriad of library resources available at IWU and perhaps other libraries that you may be able to access. Know which resource is the right one to use depending on the topic or need you have for research, e. g. do you need articles, books, statistics, company information, country information, overview information, etc.
Each database has a unique purpose! Learning the purpose of each one will save you time and help you locate quality information so you can share yourinformed opinion—not just your opinion!
Let’s look at some kinds of assignments you may encounter and the databases that will help… But first, you need to download a handout provided by OCLS that lists the databases available and gives their purpose. You may want to take notes on the handout as you continue with the Power. Point. Download at: http: //www. indwes. edu/ocls/business_datab ases_handout. pdf (Link or copy and paste).
Let’s look at some possible assignments! Assignment 1: “Write a 3 -5 page paper on Corporate Culture using 3 -5 sources, including books and journal articles…” 1. Searching for books…
Always start at the home page http: //www. indwes. edu/ocls Then click on: Library Catalog (under Books).
Finding books on Corporate Culture
Use the default, Keyword, or, use the dropdown to search by Subject, Title, Author. Click on: Search. Remember, in the library catalog you will find books and videos, not articles!
Click on the blue title link for information about the book.
You can request this book from OCLS
…finding articles on Corporate Culture These databases are used most often for journal articles on business topics: ◦ Business Source Complete (Ebsco. Host) ◦ ABI/Inform Complete Using Business Source Complete database…
Click on: Business
Select: Business Source Complete database (or any of the named databases for finding articles on business topics).
Authenticate using your last name and last 8 digits of your 14 digit number on your student ID card. If you do not have this yet, email or call OCLS (see contact info below).
Enter your subject in the search box Search by Subject Terms Note the ability to Limit
Many articles are available full text online for you to view, print, save, or email. Some may available from Marion. Others may be available via interlibrary loan.
HTML or Text Format PDF Format
Assignment 2: “Write a paper, showing the pro and con of illegal immigration. . . ”
“Write a paper, showing the pro and con of illegal immigration. . . ” Opposing Viewpoints is an excellent database for pro/con, or controversial issues As with all databases, start at the OCLS Home Page ◦ Click on General… (under Article Databases) ◦ Select Opposing Viewpoints ◦ Authenticate with your last name & 14 digit library number
Select: General Resources (this database is crossdisciplinary) Select: Opposing Viewpoints
Type in your subject, then click on Viewpoints OR Click on: Issues and choose their recommended topics.
By clicking on: Issues on the entry page, you see that your topic of Illegal Immigrants is one of the options.
On this page, you have many options to get content On your topic: Overview articles, Videos, Expert Picks, Viewpoints, Reference articles, News articles. All are available full text!
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