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IS 1115 TWP Child Abuse Prof Susan Keefe

Finding Background Information

Finding Articles for the Bibliography

Interlibrary Loan

Is the book or article not at PSU? Don't pay for a copy! Place a request through Interlibrary Loan, a free service for students, faculty, and staff.

- Go to the Interlibrary Loan Page.

- Look the blue Create Request button. Click the button for the material type you want, then fill out the request form.

- Articles are delivered to your email in PDF format, usually in 2-5 business days.

- Books are delivered to Lamson and can be picked up at the information desk in 1-2 weeks.

The Bibliography Defined

bibliography is a list of sources that includes enough publication information so that the reader can easily find the original source. A bibliography may include a wide variety of sources such as books, journals, websites, conference papers, interviews, or other kinds of documents. When you include a bibliography in your paper you aren't just doing it because your professor requires you to do so. Rather, you are sharing an important tool that your reader can use to examine your paper topic in more detail.  Other names for a bibliography are "Works Cited" or "References." 

When doing research for a paper, you may come across a sentence with information that is particularly interesting or relevant to the topic you are investigating.  You'll want to know where that idea came from, or where you can get more information.

Finding Books

To limit your search to books only, click on the BOOKS icon FIRST before typing in your term(s).  

Here are some helpful terms to make your searching easier.  Remember, child abuse is a very broad term.  Other more specific terms are prevention of child abuse; reporting of child abuse; services for abused children; child sexual abuse; abused children.  You can add other terms to your search like opioids, substance abuse, or treatment.  

Links to Information Fluency Units

1. Information [Michael Davidson]  
If this is the "Information Age," how should we define and look at information?  What makes an intelligent "information" user? 

2. Get Back(ground)!: Background Information Sources [Gary McCool]McCool]
There are many ways to go about getting started finding out about a subject we don't know much about.  Here is an easy way to get accurate, objective, and reliable information to get you started.  The reference collection is huge, how do I find what I need?  What can a librarian do for me?  It also answers the question, "Where do I go from here?"

3. All the News:  Newspapers [Bob Fitzpatrick]
How do contemporary newspaper accounts (both historical and present) fit into research?  When is a newspaper useful?  How important is it that we look at an issue from many viewpoints?

4. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow:  Google and the problems of Ephemera [Anne Jung-Mathews]
We know you love Google.  So do librarians.  How can you be a smart information detective? What are a few of the tricks to finding just what you need on Google?  What are some of the things to look out for when gathering information from the Internet?  When is it appropriate to use Internet sources for scholarly research?

5. Books [Alice Pearman]
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Books are often still the best sources for in-depth, reliable, and thorough coverage of most issues.  How do you determine the reliability, objectivity, and accuracy of the printed (paper or electronic) word?  Do you have to read the entire book?  What are the best ways to get what you need out of a book quickly?  Do you even have to go to the library to get a book?

6. What’s Scholarly?:  Peer-Review and Scholarly Sources on Databases [Christin Wixson]
Why is this the gold standard for reseaswindrch?  What makes something scholarly? What is the peer review process?  How do I find the right database for my subject?  Who can help me?

7. Bibliographies:  Using Bibliographies and Finding Experts [Bob Fitzpatrick]
In addition to what we've looked at in previous units, how do scholars find information?  What does ongoing research look like?

Citing Your Work

Citation Managers


Evaluating Information Sources Libguide

Create a My EBSCOHost Account

Using a MyEBSCOhost Account

You have your own account to save (and find again!) those terrific articles you found. You can also save search terms, or create an alert for new articles available with your search terms.

To access your account:

  • Access an EBSCO database, like Academic Search Premier.
  • Click the Sign In link in the horizontal green menu along the top of your screen.
  • A yellow MY will appear on the EBSCOhost logo when you are logged in.
  • To access previously saved articles, click the Folder link in the horizontal green menu.

Outreach Librarian

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Anne Jung