A) First Steps
- Your OneCard is your library card. New cards should be automatically registered.
- You will be asked to login when accessing paid resources from off campus
- Developing a Research Question (video: 5:07)
- Picking a Topic and Developing a Research Question in Geography and Environmental Studies (video: 4:15)
- Creating a Search Strategy (video: 3:45)
B) What is a scholarly resource?
- Learn about different resource types:
- read each source as you go along; each one will lead to more
- keep track of where you look and the keywords you use
- check reference lists
- start early. (library staff can deliver items from other libraries)
- no need to pay for articles: the library pays for you!
C) Background sources
Use your textbook plus Dictionaries and Encyclopedias to learn about your topic and find keywords.
Use the Primo Catalogue to identify books at Laurier, the Universities of Waterloo and Guelph, and the Annex
- Start with a narrow focus, then broaden to find more items
- Check the facets at the left: limit to books, videos ("audio visual"), etc.
- Learn about call numbers
- Floor plans for locating books
- Requesting books from other libraries (note videos)
E) Scholarly journal articles
- Start here for Geography topics. Limit to English language.
- Geography and Environmental Sciences @ ProQuest
- Articles for disciplines related to Geography. Limit to peer reviewed, English language, and to documents types: article and feature
- Look for full text links or try the "Get it at Laurier" button for more options
- Know the journal you need?
Link for in-class exercise, Feb. 3, 2016: bit.ly/GG270Sources
F) Citation style
- APA style: Video and quick links
- MLA style: Video and quick links
- Managing citations: Mendeley, Zotero
Having problems? Don't hesitate to contact me: email, phone (519-884-0710 x3384), drop in, or make an appointment. My office, L3-312, is one floor up from the main floor of the Library on the Waterloo campus. Come up the stairs, then walk straight ahead.