Involves finding sources, analyzing the material, evaluating the credibility of the sources, and using and citing sources ethically and legally. See also Information Fluency
The ability to critically think while engaging with, creating, and utilizing information and technology regardless of format and platform. Learn more about Information Fluency. See also Information Literacy
At BCC we use Student and Staff IDs. The Library barcode is used by faculty and staff to borrow books, but students can use their Student ID number and DOB. Library cards are no longer used to access databases.. The Library barcode is used by everyone to check out a books, but students can also use their Student ID and DOB. That said, having a Student ID is a good idea because you can use it to get discounts at many museums and retail establishment in Berkshire County. Student or Staff ID's are created right in the Library, so if you have any questions about how to use them, we are here to help you! Just remember to bring a photo ID when you come to have your card made, so we can process your card application.
A classification system using a combination letters and/or numbers developed by the Library of Congress. This is the system used in most academic libraries including Jonathan EdwardsLibrary. Learn more on the Understanding Call Numbers guide. See also Call Number, See also Call Number: Library Congress
A scholarly article from a journal that has been approved by a panel of experts in the same field of study before it is accepted for publication. Also could be called a refereed or scholarly source. See also Scholarly Journal, Video: Peer Reviewed, Tutorial: Source Types
A publication containing articles on a variety of topics, written by various authors in a non-scholarly or general interest style. Most magazines are heavily illustrated, contain advertising, and are printed on glossy paper. The articles are usually short (less than five pages long), frequently unsigned, and tend not to include a bibliography or list of references. Tutorial: Source Types
Examples: Psychology Today. Time, Newsweek, Popular Mechanic
A magazine, journal or newspaper that is issued at regularly recurring intervals. Of or relating to periodicals.
Items or original works that are a firsthand record of a topic, historical events, practices, conditions, or original research. They have not been filtered through interpretation or evaluation. Learn more: Video: Primary Sources. Video: Primary and Secondary Research, Tutorial: Source Types See also Secondary Sources, Tertiary Sources.
These are sources that provide background information. The Jonathan Edwards Library houses a reference collection that includes handbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries and guides. We also have online Reference resources such as Encyclopedia Britannica, Biography In-Context and Literary Resource Center. The Library also has the Credo Reference Online, which contains hundreds of online versions of encyclopedias, dictionaries and other reference materials. Credo, like many of our databases, is accessible off-campus but you must use your library barcode and password to get into it
Items that interpret, critique, or analyze information, content, or findings of primary sources about a specific topic. Learn more: Video: Secondary Sources. Video: Primary and Secondary Research, Tutorial: Source Types See also Primary Sources, Tertiary Sources
A publication comprised of articles and devoted to research and scholarship in a specific discipline or field of knowledge. Articles undergo a rigorous review process before acceptance. Video: How To Read Scholarly Sources, Tutorial: How To Read Scholarly Sources See also Video: Peer Reviewed,
Examples: The College Mathematics Journal, Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care, Modern Fiction Studies
Items that compile information from secondary and primary sources to provide a broad overview or representation of a topic or related topics. Reference materials are tertiary sources. Learn more: Video: Tertiary Sources, Tutorial: Source Types See also Primary Source, Secondary Source, Reference Materials
Parts of the internet (typically databases) unavailable through conventional search engines, like Google or Yahoo. One must pay, subscribe, login, or know the direct URL to visit these sites and databases. Learn more with this Deep Web video.
Examples: University of Massachusetts Labor Center, Library Databases, PayPal
The parts of the internet that is available for free and can be accessed by anyone. This also where anyone can publish on the web. Free web search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo...) search only this portion of online items.
A type of database, searchable online, used by libraries that includes information about the items they own or subscribe to it is often referred to as a Public Access Catalog or PAC. The PAC is searchable online, as well as in the Library. Each item’s record in the catalog provides information like title, author, a unique call number, and floor location. The call number on the record corresponds to the same number that is included on the spine of the physical book/resource. Learn more about Using the Catalog.
BCC uses the HELM academic library catalog system. (We are NO LONGER using CW/Mars). You can search our catalog or that of any of the other HELM member libraries. Books and materials in other libraries can be ordered by patrons directly by placing a Hold. Students can use their Student ID/Library card to borrow a book, or their Student ID number and DOB. Faculty and staff need to have the actual ID still yet. If you don't have a student or staff ID card, come to the library and we will make one up for you.
Concept maps are visual representations of information. Most concept maps depict ideas as boxes or circles (also called nodes), which are connected with lines or arrows to show how different concepts are related to one another. This is an easy way to organize ideas visually and to better understanding a concept or idea and its relationship to other concepts. For instance, a concept map can be created to show the pros and cons of a concept, or attributes of that concept.
A searchable set of records. The set of records could be for articles, books, images, etc. Each record includes specific information about an item comprised of fields. See also Catalog, Field(s), Search Engine
Examples of databases: HELM academic Catalog, Amazon, Yellowpages.com, Zappos, Apple Store, Google Play
Examples of article databases: Academic Search Premier, ERIC, Web of Science
Because most of the Jonathan Edwards Library databases are licensed, you will need to authenticate (get into a database). Authentication is easy. Simply use your MyBCC login and password.
A specific type of search method within a database, catalog, or search engine that uses minimal limits or parameters. The search term(s) (word or phrase) may be located anywhere in the record (title, abstract, full text, subject heading, etc.) See Tutorial: Choosing and Using Keywords See also Author Search, Field(s), Search, Subject Search, Title Search
In library research, using structured mechanisms such as a catalog, search engine, database, etc., either online or print-based, to find information relevant to a topic or project. Learn more about the Search Process.
Software and programming created to retrieve information from a database, computer, or the Internet.
Examples: Google, Yahoo, Bing, CW/Mars Catalog, Academic Search Premier. See also Database
A combination of search terms and commands entered into a search engine's or database's search boxes. The combination you enter influences your results. Learn more about Search Terms, Search Strategy, Video: Refining Search Results. See also Search Terms, Search Strategy
media and body image
"wind power" and bird mortality
(drink* or alcohol*) and college
Example: 1) Selecting search terms that represent the main concepts of a research question or thesis statement. 2) Select appropriate search engines or databases for the topic. 3) Identify subject heading(s) from search results.
A word or phrase typed into an online catalog, database, or search engine to retrieve relevant information. Learn more about, Search Strategy page, Tutorial: Choosing and Using Keywords. See also Search Statement, Search Strategy
A search strategy used to retrieve all different endings of the word by placing special symbol or wildcard at the end of a word. Databases and search engines all use different symbols or wildcards, but the asterisk ( * ) is the most commonly used. See also Wildcard
A symbol put anywhere in a search term to have a database or search engine search for any letter(s) in that designated position. See also Truncation
A short summary or overview explaining the general focus of a book, article, or other source. A time saving strategy is to read the abstract to check the source’s relevancy to your project. Example of Abstract
A unique identifier (like a street address) given to library items so they can be easily found. Items about the same subject often have similar call numbers. Major call number systems include Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress. Learn more on the Understanding Call Numbers guide. See also Call Number: Library Congress, Catalog
A classification system using a combination letters and/or numbers developed by the Library of Congress. This is the system used in most academic libraries including Jonathan Edwards Library. Learn more on the Understanding Call Numbers guide. See also Call Number, Catalog
A specific component of a database record that includes unique information. In search engines, fields can be used to limit or focus a search. See also Record(s)
Examples: Author (e.g. George Orwell), Title (e.g. 1984), Subject (e.g. Dystopia)
When an entire item is available online.
An evaluation criteria used to determine how applicable the information is for the purpose of your paper, speech, presentation, etc. See also Accuracy, Authority, Currency, Purpose Learn how to check for Relevancy
Not influenced by personal feelings or opinions when representing facts; impartial. Learn how to check for Objectivity.
Short title for the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for scholars in the social and behavioral sciences. The manual provides guidelines for writing such as document structure, writing style, tone, and formatting for in-text citations and reference list. (Sample paper) Learn more about APA Style. See also Chicago Style, MLA style
Short title for The Chicago Manual of Style created and written by the University of Chicago Press for scholars in a variety of disciplines. The manual provides guidelines for writing such as document structure, writing style, tone, and formatting for in-text citations and reference list. (Sample paper) Learn more about Chicago Style. See also APA style, MLA style
A quotation or excerpt to a book, paper, or author, especially from a scholarly work that is noted in your research. By "citing" your sources you let the readers of your work know where the ideas and facts you are using come from. See In-text Citation, BCC Citation page See Also OWL page on APA in-text Citations, OWL page on MLA in-text Citations
A specific format for an in-text citation or a note citation within a paper, presentation, article, etc. Different professional organizations include this information in the different style manuals they create. Learn more on the Citing Sources guide. See also MLA style; APA style, Chicago Style
Protection and legal rights provided by United States law [title 17, U.S. Code] to the authors of “original works.” These include literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and other intellectual works. This can affect how students and faculty access and use information for their research.Learn more about Copyright.
A specific method to clearly identify a source within the body of a research or scholarly document (e.g. paper, book, article, report, etc.) Learn more on the BCC Citation page guide. See Also:. OWL page on APA in-text Citations, OWL page on MLA in-text Citations, See also Citation, Citation Style
Using or closely imitating another person’s ideas, text, or work and presenting it as your own without proper acknowledgement of the original source. Learn how to avoid plagiarism. See also: BCC's Plagiarism Policy
A publication which specifies the guidelines to writers for styling their paper, speech, etc. such as paper structure, writing style, tone, and formatting for in-text citations and reference list. Learn more about Citation Styles. See also APA style, Chicago Style, MLA style, Style Manual Examples -BCC
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