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EDU015: Research sources: Home

Guide to sources mentioned in the library orientation of Dr. Seagreaves' class


What is Plagiarism?

In case you're not sure what it means, this Rutgers video explains how plagiarism happens. (First of a series, all available on YouTube. To see the rest, click twice above to open it up full-screen, then click on More from Paul Robeson Library at right.) (2:17)


Students In Black crack down on plagiarism

An oh-so-dramatic illustration of the risks of academic dishonesty, from UCLA. (3:32)



Books, journals, & videos at Rohrbach Library

Rohrbach Library is a rich source of teaching tools and information in an amazing variety of formats.  Not just books: the library offers games, toys and other teaching aids, kits, videos, maps, and more.

The library's online catalog is a powerful tool for discovering our best resources--not only physical items such as books, but virtual collections as well. 

A search of the online catalog for materials related to student success shows one way to get started.  This is a Keyword search, which most of the time will serve you well.  It's especially useful when you don't know any titles nor authors of the kinds of books you seek.

Be aware that the many search options in the catalog can save you a lot of time.

The Curriculum Materials Center (CMC) here on the lower floor is where children's books and a lot of other items, such as those for educators, reside.  You can limit your catalog searches to CMC materials.  Note the varied results of this limited search on the word success.

A click on any item's title reveals more details about it.  The word [kit] in a catalog record is a good clue that the item is apt to be kept inside the CMC room itself, rather than the shelves outside.

When you have specific research interests, catalog searches on your topic can lead you toward sources that speak to them. These sources might include magazines & journals, e-journals, and videos as well as books; all these are listed in the online catalog.

Browsing the shelf area of a book that resonates with your aims is a potent discovery technique. The catalog necessarily holds finite information about each item, so a concept that is invisible to a catalog search may well be in a book on the shelves. Sometimes looking through the index of a likely book is the best path to the information you seek.

Another fantastic option is now available: When you find a possibly relevant book in the catalog, see if there's a link, near the bottom of the page to "About This Book" information. That takes you to Google Books, where you may be able to see the pages and do word searches within the full text of the volume.

The World's Biggest Library

Google Book Search and the Internet Archive include nearly ten million volumes, with full-text searching.  This enables you to find books using key words and phrases, instead of having to rely on titles, authors, or subject terms as is often the case with library catalogs.  Many of the books in these two collections are entirely or partially available to read online.

Google Book Search

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