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ANSC 411: Animal Science Ethics Seminar: Home

Welcome

Who is this guide for?

This guide was created in Fall 2017 as a resource for students in the Animal Science Ethics Seminar (ANSC 411) The tabs at the top of this page will guide you through resources at Van Wagenen Library and online that will be helpful in your research. 

 

Research Expectations

To complete this assignment successfully, you will need to find detailed information on your chosen topic.

You will need to:

  1. clearly define your issue and research multiple sides on that issue,
  2. use at least 6 sources, including 2 journal publications and an interview,
  3. provide a bibliography listing your sources in accordance with APA style guidelines.

* see the assignment instructions for more detailed information on general expectations for the paper and presentation.

Search Basics

The search box on the library's main page allows users to search for books, DVDs, videos, academic journals, magazines, newspapers, scholarly articles and more from one search box. If you're trying to access a book or article you already know about, you can enter the title or author's name here. If you're looking to find material about a specific topic, try entering two or three keywords that are likely to appear in discussions of that topic.

Main search box on the library's homepage

 

Use Keywords, not Questions

Keywords are the words you use to search for anything online and they determine how successful your search is. If you're researching the links between poverty and obesity in children, for instance, the most important keywords would be: poverty, obesity, children. Database searches usually work better when you only enter 2-4 essential keywords than when you enter a complete sentence or question.

Here a couple of common problems you may run into and ways to fix them using keywords:

I'm getting too many results!

  • use keywords that are more specific (e.g. "dogs" rather than "animals")
  • add additional keywords to your search
I'm getting too few results!
  • ‚Äčuse keywords that are less specific (e.g.  "trees" rather than "white birch trees")
  • remove keywords from your search
These results are not what I'm looking for!
  • try different combinations of keywords
  • try again with synonyms for your keywords

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do I Refine my Search Results?

From your list of results, use the "Refine Results" tools on the left side of the screen to narrow your search. You can limit by publication date, source type, publisher, geography, language and more. 

Get Help from a Librarian

Don LaPlant
Instructional Design Librarian

Reference Desk Hours (Fall 2017)

  Day      Time      Location
Wed. 12 pm - 2 pm Library - Main Desk
Thurs. 2 pm - 4 pm Library - Main Desk
Fri. 10 am - 12 pm Library - Main Desk

 

Can't make any of these times? Send me an email to set up an appointment:LaPlanDD@cobleskill.edu