Research Guides for Every Subject

July 27, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Posted in instruction, library web site, new resources, searching | Comments Off on Research Guides for Every Subject

Feeling lost in a sea of information? Have to find articles but have no idea which databases to look in? Want to quickly find out what the library has in your discipline? Check out Galvin Library’s new and improved Research Guides to answer these questions. Every major subject area has its own guide that shows you which databases are best and how to best search them, provides tips for researching, contains lists of free quality websites, and much more.

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Research Guides give you the freedom to learn how to research on your own at a time and place that is convenient for you. The content found on each guide was selected by librarians that are research experts, so you can have confidence that the information provided is of the highest quality.

Use the search box to do a keyword search for your topic. For example, entering “company information” will bring back a list of every guide that has that phrase somewhere in it:

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The first few results:

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The Business & Economics guide that has a Company & Industry Research section:

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Guides with a plus sign next to them can be expanded into sub-topics. Computer Science is an example:

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We are adding new research guides all the time, so check back regularly! Visit the Ask a Librarian page if you have any questions.

Join the Library Announcements Listserv

July 12, 2010 at 2:11 am | Posted in news | Comments Off on Join the Library Announcements Listserv

Have you missed announcements of library workshops on citation management or patent searching? Does it seem like everyone but you knows  about new library resources like Safari ebooks or services like free interlibrary loan? Then the new Library Announcements mailing list is for you! Galvin Library will send monthly or bi-weekly (no more we promise) announcements straight to your email inbox. Subscribe to the mailing list and you will be able to optimize your use of library resources, services and classes by receiving information targeted to the research needs of the university community.  If you have questions or comments regarding the new mailing list, email us at library@iit.edu or call 312.567.3616.

New Look for Inspec and Biological Abstracts

July 9, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Posted in databases | Comments Off on New Look for Inspec and Biological Abstracts

Inspec and Biological Abstracts have moved from the Ebsco platform to the Thomson/ISI platform. This move will streamline science, technology, and engineering research because Web Of Science also uses Thomson/ISI. The consolidation of these three widely used databases onto the same platform allows you to…

Search Inspec, Web of Science, and Biological Abstracts simultaneously. Click on the All Databases tab to do so:

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Or, select the database you wish to use from the Select a Database Tab:

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Create search alerts and citation alerts that search all three databases. Alerts simplify research by emailing you or updating your RSS feed any time a new article falls into your search parameters:

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Save and manage citations with EndNote Web, which is integrated into the Thomson/ISI platform:

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These are just a few of the useful features that increase the quality and efficiency of your searching. To learn more about using Inspec, Biological Abstracts, or any library resource you can email us, or go to the Ask a Librarian page to instant message us. You can also call or stop by the Reference Desk on the upper level of Galvin Library for assistance.

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