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FTS 100: Chaos and Culture

Fall 2011
The Research Process

Research is an adventure. It's open-ended, exploratory, surprising, frustrating, and full of blind alleys and interesting side trips. It doesn't have to be lonely. Compare notes with your colleagues and take advantage of the friendly people sitting at the reference desk. We love to help you find what you're looking for.

Personnel:
Professor: Tom LoFaro tlofaro@gustavus.edu
Librarian: Michelle Twait mtwait@gac.edu


Table of Contents:

Reference Works
Reference works are helpful at two points in your research: when starting out (by offering overview articles of, say, a writer and her work) or when nailing down unfamiliar terms, concepts, and topics that turn up during your research. Many reference book articles are written by experts and offer not only information but excellent bibliographies for further research.
  • Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
    John Wiley & Sons 2010 4th edition
    An authoritative source of articles on psychology, ranging from developmental psychology, to forensic psychology, to language and linguistic processes, to statistical procedures and research methods. Includes bibliographies.
    • Location(s): Ref BF31 .E52 2010
    4 vols.
  • CRC Encyclopedia of Mathematics
    CRC Press 2009 3rd ed. edition
    This 3-volume set contains nearly 12,000 entries. Each article provides definitions, formulas, illustrations, websites, bibliographic information, and facts from mathematics, the sciences, and engineering.
    • Location(s): Ref QA5 .W45 2009 [vol.]
  • Dictionary of Art
    Grove's Dictionaries 1996
    An exhaustive encyclopedia of world art, containing articles written by scholars on artists, movements, works, and subjects, each followed by a selective bibliography.
    • Location(s): Ref N 31 .D5 1996
    1996
  • Dictionary of Physics (Macmillan)
    London: Macmillan 2004
    A technical encyclopedia with many brief articles that define terms and explain concepts. Includes some longer review articles. Intended for a fairly specialized audience, this work is based on an updated version of the German Lexicon der Physik.
    • Location(s): Ref QC 5 .D538 2004, 4 vols.
  • Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics
    Bristol: Institute of Physics 2001
    Includes 700 long articles on topics and themes in the field as well as hundreds of shorter articles that define terms and profide profiles of people and institutions.
    • Location(s): Ref QB 14 .E534 2001, 4 vols.
  • McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
    New York: McGraw-Hill 2007
    Covers topics in the sciences in detail, giving technical discussions fully illustrated with charts, diagrams, and photographs.
    • Location(s): Ref Q 121 .M3 2007, 20 vols.
  • New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
    New York: Grove 2001
    The most definitive source on music and music history. The articles in these volumes are carefully researched and documented and provide information on national music traditions, musical forms, composers and musicians, instruments, and more. There are several more specialized Grove encyclopedias--the New Grove Dictionary of American Music (Ref ML 101 .U6 N48 1986), the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (Ref ML 102 .J3 N48 2002), the New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (Ref ML 102 .I5 N48 1984), and the New Grove Dictionary of Opera (Ref ML 102 .O6 .N58 1997). This encyclopedia is also available through the Web as Grove Music Online.
    • Location(s): Ref ML 100 .N48 2001
Finding Books

Books are shelved according to the Library of Congress system.

  • MnPALS Plus
    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All MnPALS Libraries" under "Library to Search" to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary loan. See our Guide to MnPALS for instructions. You may want to supplement your use of the catalog with browsing shelf areas for your topic.
  • WorldCat
    Includes over 40 million bibliographic records representing cataloged resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Owning libraries can be identified for books, journals, archival resources and electronic resources. Access to WorldCat is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM); the database can also be searched through its free web interface, at worldcat.org.
    1000 CE-present; updated daily
Finding Articles
Databases for articles and other materials offer references to publications that may or may not be in this library; some databases offer full text of articles and others simply citations. There are in-depth databases that cover publications in a particular field and others that are interdisciplinary. You can access databases from a drop-down list on the library's main page.
  • Academic Search Premier
    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
    1975-present; updated daily
  • General Science Collection
    A collection of over 200 journals covering such topics as particle physics, advanced mathematics, and nanotechnology. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
  • JSTOR
    Full-text backfiles to over 350 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, and Language & Literature collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year. To limit your search to full text articles, make sure that the option to "include links to external content" is turned off.
    1831-recent years
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Search current news, business information (including business news and corporate financials), and legal news and information. International news sources are also included.
    Coverage varies by title; mostly 1980s-present
Finding Journals
  • Journal Locator
    Find out if we subscribe to a particular journal, either online or in print. If the journal is not available in print or full text at Gustavus, you may request copies of articles through Interlibrary Loan.
Interlibrary Loan
Materials not available at Gustavus may be borrowed from other libraries and sent here for you to use.
• Location(s): Library - Main Floor

Additional Resources
  • Avoiding Plagiarism
    This guide from Purdue University provides an overview of plagiarism and best practices for avoiding it.
  • Citing Your Sources
    Learn how to cite your resources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style. In addition to these online style guides, print style guides (and The Everyday Writer) are available both at the library reference desk and at the Writing Center (Confer 232). This page also includes links to RefWorks and EndNote Web.
  • Reference Desk
    Need additional assistance? Stop by the reference desk. Librarians can point you to the best resources for your research project.

    During the academic year, the reference desk is staffed six days a week except during holidays and breaks. When classes are in session, reference librarians are available at the following times:
    Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 5:00 & 6:00 - 10:00, Friday 10:00 - 5:00, and Sunday 2:00 - 10:00.

    You can also e-mail a librarian (folke@gustavus.edu) or IM/Chat with a librarian.

  • Scholarly vs. Popular vs. Trade
    Provides criteria for distinguishing between scholarly journals, popular magazine, and trade publications. From the North Carolina State University Libraries.
Contacting Michelle
I am happy to discuss your research questions with you. Contact me via e-mail at mtwait@gustavus.edu or call me at x7563.

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