Online Library Research Course

| June 30, 2010

If you’re interested in seeing an overview of electronic and print resources available to you as a TC student, as well as a survey of approaches to doing library research, you might want to take a look at an online course titled Library Resources and Services that’s accessible through the Blackboard course platform.  (Entry to Blackboard is through the Bb icon about midway down the library’s website, and you call also get to it at http://online.tc.columbia.edu/.)

The course is divided into sections that focus on the processes of

  • Finding articles:  identifying the most appropriate databases, executing the most effective searches, tracking down the articles themselves;
  • Finding books:  searching online catalogs—EDUCAT, CLIO, and others—and tracking down books and e-books;
  • Finding theses:  using Digital Dissertations, EDUCAT, and PocketKnowledge to identify and review doctoral dissertations and master’s theses;
  • Finding archives:  searching EDUCAT, CLIO, PocketKnowledge, and other resources to find primary source materials, both physical and digital;  and
  • Conducting a literature review:  using a variety of resources–including union catalogs, state-of-the-art reviews, research encyclopedias, handbooks of research–and research procedures–including federated searching and citation searching.

Students currently taking any Blackboard course have automatic access to the Library Resources and Services tutorial.  If you are not enrolled in a Blackboard course but would like to take a look at the research overview, we will be happy to enroll you; just click on this link (or send us an email at library@tc.edu).  We hope you find this module of use for your research, and as always we hope you’ll let us know how we might make it better.  Happy searching!