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  1. Basic Reference Sources Script Library Instruction Lovejoy Library Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Revised 09/07

  2. BANNER ID NumberCougar Card (insert graphic)

  3. Hours slide

  4. Types of Research Questions • Quick-answer • In-depth

  5. Who won the 1955 World Series? Quick-Answer Research Questions • The Brooklyn Dodgers SOURCE: Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball • What day did Apollo 11 land on the moon? • July 20th, 1969 SOURCE: Chronology of World History • What is a parable? • A short and simple story containing a moral. SOURCE: Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory

  6. In-Depth Research Questions • What are the treatments for schizophrenia? • What events led to the fall of the Roman Empire? • What changes occur in plants during photosynthesis? • What are the major themes of The Great Gatsby?

  7. Location of Reference Sources • Reference Collection • Ready Reference • Copiers Wireless Internet Access Available PLanguage/Literature P Philology & Linguistics PA Greek & Latin PB Modern European PC Modern Romance PE English language PF German PG Slavic PM Artificial LanguagePN Journalism PQ Romantic Lit PR English Lit PS American Lit PZ Fiction Book Collection Stairs Elevator Stairs Elevator Computing area A General Works B Philosophy, Psychology, Religion C History and Auxiliary Sciences D History (except America) E-F History & Geography of the Americas G Geography and Anthropology H Social Science J Political Science K Law L Education M Music N Fine Arts P Language and Literature Q Science R Medicine S Agriculture, Plant & Animal Industry T Technology U Military Science V Naval Science Z Books in General Reference Collection Study Area Quiet Study Area Stairs Emergency Exit Study Area Restrooms P Starts A Starts Quiet Study Area Offices Atrium Study Area Offices Library Instruction Classroom ROOM 1050 Music Listening Room M Music MT Instruction & Study Computing area SelF Copy Browsing Collection Offices Information Literacy y P Computing Area InterlibraryLoan ROOM 1045G printers Information Desk Computing area Online catalog Book Collection L Education N Fine Arts {Charge Value to your Cougar Card } Self Checkout CSVT Administrative Offices Circulation Desk Circulation Offices Northh Basement Entrance Stairs Elevator Main Entrance South Fire Extinguisher Help Phone Revised Sept 28, 2006 Fire Alarm First Floor

  8. Characteristics of Reference Sources • Frequently updated • Provide information in a concise manner • Cannot be checked out of the library

  9. Determining the Scope of Reference Sources • Examine the table of contents • Examine the index • Check the publication date

  10. Important Features of Reference Sources • Bibliographies – a list of articles and/or books that appear at the end of an entry and indicate material the author has utilized or recommends for additional research.

  11. Signed Articles are written by experts in the respective fields and indicate the authoritativeness of the information in the reference source. Important Features of Reference Sources

  12. Types of Reference Sources • Dictionaries • Encyclopedias • Almanacs and Yearbooks

  13. Dictionaries • Dictionaries - list the words of a particular language with the correct: • spelling • definition • pronunciation • grammatical usage • Types of Dictionaries • General • Specific • Subject

  14. Dictionaries (General) • Abridged Dictionaries– list only a selection of words in a particular language. • Unabridged Dictionaries– attempt to include all of the words in a particular language and often provide extensive information for each entry.

  15. Abridged Dictionaries • Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary- an abridged dictionary that includes the definitions, etymology, pronunciations, usage dates and notes, and cross-references for over 75,000 words. (Webster’s is also available in an electronic format)

  16. Unabridged Dictionaries • Oxford English Dictionary (OED) – an unabridged dictionarythatis the accepted authority on the English language and an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, usage, and pronunciation of millions of words, taken from both the present and past. (The OED is also available in an electronic format)