Library Home Research Methods
- Basic concepts for database searching. Concepts and terminology useful in thinking about the two main approaches to search and retrieval of documents. Very brief. See also the larger glossary.
- Search operator comparison. A one page table comparing basic search operators in three different search engines.
- Search tips, part one. This covers elementary topics like controlled vocabulary; precision vs recall; how to find better search terms; how to retrieve more or less in a bibliographic database; how to group or combine terms (when a search engine allows grouping of terms with logical and proximity operators). The problems of synonymy and polysemy; single search (federated and unified discovery search systems which attempt to deal with multiple databases).
- Search tips, part two. More on searching a controlled vocabulary database vs a natural natural language document set. Problems inherent in relevance ranking and secret automatic features. The future.
- Recent changes in LC subject headings. Including headings for God and the Bible.
- Assignments and drills. Exercises to help you develop better search skills. Includes some homework assignments for RS101, DM102, BS1004 and other courses.
Database Manuals and Tutorials
Connecting to Databases
- BIBLOS (basics). Summary of search operators and the basics in extremely compressed and incomplete form. For the impatient.
- BIBLOS (detail). The Long Guide to BIBLOS. Also an approximate pdf version as of March 2007.
- BIBLOS assignments to help you develop search skills
- Browser search box. How to customize the search bar in Firefox 2 and Internet Explorer 7 to search BIBLOS anytime without logging in or going to the library website.
- EBSCO YouTube micro-lessons. More than 50 brief videos on various EBSCO functions and features. Some sales/promotional material, too.
- Bare Bones Basics of Searching EBSCO databases . Introduction. Overview.
- How to use EBSCO ebooks.
- ATLA/ATLAS tips. Assumes you already know how to use EBSCO databases.
- Using SmartText. An EBSCO natural language query processor.
- Practice searching ATLA (displays questions in one frame, and allows live searches of ATLA in another frame; answers appear on demand).
- ATLA assignments to help you develop search skills
- OTA/NTA tips. Old Testament Abstracts and New Testament Abstracts. Assumes you already know how to use EBSCO databases.
- L’Année philologique. Tips specific to APh. Assumes you already know how to use EBSCO databases.
- EBSCO databases manuals. Detailed user guides/manuals. Also available searching, browsing, print/email as MS Word files, but perhaps not most recent versions.
- EBSCO databases. Online help.
OCLC databases (WorldCat etc.)
- WorldCat Local basic search. A very brief video intro.
- WorldCat Local advanced search. A very brief video intro.
- FirstSearch databases. How to use OCLC FirstSearch databases, illustrated with WorldCat examples. Warning: very soon the FS interface described here will disappear, to be replaced by something similar to worldcat.org (not the same as the old FS interface to the worldcat data).
- Religious and Theological Abstracts.
- Index Theologicus. Very current!
- Perseus. Greco-Roman literature in Greek, Latin and English translation.
- TLG Online. Nearly exhaustive corpus of ancient Greek literature.
- Searchable Greek Inscriptions. All the Greek inscriptions formerly on the PHI cd-rom (but not the PHI papyri). NOT included in TLG.
- Communication Abstracts.
- Finding Online Journals (aka, the eJournal List). How to use this resource to determine if the journal you want is available online. You must already have a specific article citation; this tool does not let you search by subject.
- Google Search Operator. Brief summary. But remember ranking is the key to Google's effectiveness, not use of search opertors.
- Library Materials in Google Scholar. How to use Google Scholar to identify relevant books and identify which library near you owns the book
- Introduction to Basic/Secondary Research Method
- Bibliography on Basic Research Method. Sorry, we have removed this because it was so out of date.
- Introduction to Advanced/Original Research Method. (Not yet available, but covered in BS1004 course.)
- How to prepare for a Dissertation Research Consultation. For doctoral students.
- Books on academic writing. Annotated bibliography on scholarly writing and style guides.
- Turabian supplement. DTS supplement to Turabian. Explains which Turabian options to use and lists additional rules specific to DTS. Turabian mistakes lists most common mistakes.
- Turabian citation examples. Power point sides showing example citations conforming to Turabian style.
- MS Word template for thesis. And MS Word template for paper.
- DTS Mellel User Group site. Use the Mellel word processor? This site contains Mellel DTS style templates and style sets for papers, theses, and dissertations. Not official. This is a student project.
- Footnote software. Bibliographic citation management software used to help you create footnotes and bibliographies.
- Intro to Zotero. Zotero generates footnotes and bibliographies according to Chicago/Turabian style.
- EndNote X2 introduction explains how to use the EndNote program to create footnotes and bibliographies. It includes a section on how to download and import records from online databases. For MUCH more detail see Endnote version X1 for Windows manual or Endnote version X1 for Mac manual.
- Unicode fonts for biblical studies. The problem of document portability. Links to recommended fonts.
- Breaking into print. Annotated bibliography on how to be published.
Here is a potpourri of practical tips and aids to research.
- Request a Book via InterLibrary Loan
- Request a Journal Article via InterLibrary Loan
- Copyright expiration
- Glossary of library research terminology.
- Theological abbreviations
- LC call numbers. Syntax, organization, and sorting rules explained.
- Translation services. How to find a published translation. Free and fee based translation services.