Pew Learning Center and Ellison Library

FYS 125

Generation Gap:  Multigenerational Perspectives on Life

Instructor:  Dr. Ali Climo
Librarian:  Chris Nugent

Feel free to contact me for help at any time. My office is on the lower level of the library.  You can also reach me by phone or email:
Chris Nugent  (, extension 3061)
If I am not around, the librarian at the reference desk will be glad to help you.

Course Syllabus

Social Work library website

What do these library words mean?
Source:  Adapted, with permission, from Hunter Library, Western Carolina University.

Bibliography - A list of the resources you used to write your paper.  An annotated bibliography also gives brief information about the content of each resource and its usefulness for the paper or project.

Call Number - A specific combination of letters and numbers assigned to a book that indicates the book's location on the shelf. Each book has its own unique call number.  You find the call number on the bottom of the screen in our catalog.  You need the entire number to find the book.

Citation - Information about a source that contains the author, year of publication, volume number, page numbers, title of periodical, etc. A periodical index or database will provide a list of citations. The library catalog gives a list of citations of books. Your bibliography will be a list of citations of sources you used for your paper.

Copyright - According to the United States Copyright Office in the Library of Congress, copyright is "a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works" ( Copyright law protects both published and unpublished information.

Full Text - The entire text of the article (or other document) is available from the database, ready to print from your computer.

Journal - A periodical containing a collection of articles, usually written by scholars, presenting information in a particular area. Examples: Journal of Adult Protection, Journal of Family Violence, Social Work Research.

Plagiarism - Taking information from another source and passing it off as your own. This may be done by not giving credit for a quote or a passage of information or by deliberately copying a written work or downloading a paper from the Internet.

Primary Source - "Primary sources represent the basic sources of raw information" (p. 519 of the St. Martin's Handbook (1989), edited by Andrea Lunsford and Robert Connors, St. martin's Press:  New York).  Examples of primary sources include autobiographies, letters, interviews, diaries, memos, statutes, speeches, financial reports, and news from live reports, eyewitness accounts, and news reports of an event.  The Senior Letters that you will use in our Archives are primary sources.

Reserves - An item that has been selected by your instructor for you to read. The items are located in our circulation area.  You check them out, but can generally use them only in the library for a few hours.  Careful, there are fines for late return!

Scholarly Journal - Also referred to as "Peer-Reviewed" or "Refereed," a scholarly journal features articles that usually contain original research (qualitative or quantitative), citations of other works, and have been reviewed and selected by other scholars in order to be published.

Source or Resource - This can be a book, a journal article, a video, a website, a CD etc.  We distinguish between primary and secondary sources.

Below are general things that you need to know for any library research assignment.

For a refresher on how to do library research

go to  Painless Library Research

To evaluate what you find on the Web

go to Evaluating Web Resources  (from Widener University).  Look in the left-hand column under "evaluate web pages" for relevant links.
Or, if you want to have some fun, check out the Internet Detective

To recognize and avoid plagiarism

work with these sites:
Plagiarism, its nature and consequences (from Duke University Libraries)
Plagiarism, what it is and how to recognize and avoid it (from Indiana University)

To get books and journal articles from other libraries

use our Interlibrary Loan Service.  It works like this:

Go to the library homepage
Choose Library Services, then Interlibrary Loan.  You will find two request forms, one for books and the other for journal articles.
Ask a librarian for help the first time you fill out one of these.

Note that it may take one week or longer for the materials to get here. 
Also, make sure you do not have any overdue books or outstanding fines.  Everything must be cleared up before interlibrary loan requests are processed.

What follows are useful hints and links for your Film Review Paper and Annotated Bibliography

To find books

connect to the library homepage and choose Books, Videos and CDs at the top of the list.  Then select MCLN Catalog.
Also search for online books.  The link is right below the MCLN Catalog link.

Not all of our ebooks are in our catalog.  You may want to search our entire ebook collection by clicking on the ebooks link
and then choosing NetLibrary.

If we do not have the books you need, look in WorldCat for books anywhere in the world.  The link is located below the link to ebooks.  If you find something that is useful, obtain it through our Interlibrary Loan Service, described above.

You are required to use scholarly or peer-reviewed sources for this assignment.  How do you know if a book is scholarly or peer-reviewed?  A book published by a university press is most likely scholarly.  A book with an editor and contributions by individual authors could also be scholarly.  To be sure locate the book in the stacks and see who the author is.  Another indication of scholarly are footnotes or endnotes and a bibliography.

To find journal articles

The databases listed below are a good start.

These are big, full-text databases that cover all subjects.  You must specify that you want to retrieve only peer-reviewed, scholarly articles. 

Academic Search Premier
Proquest Research Library
MasterFILE Premier

You will need to put together an annotated bibliography, using APA style

use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, located in the library reference section (R 808.06615 P976 2001)

or connect to a page from Duke University Libraries that shows you how to cite a variety of materials, using  APA Style.
For an even simpler approach, use the  Landmark Citation Machine.

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This page is created and updated by Chris Nugent, with input from Ali Climo.
Last updated:  September 11, 2006