[Title] Books, Videos, and Articles: What are They Good for Anyway?
There are many different types of resources, such as books, articles, and videos, and they can be either in a physical format or an electronic format. In any database, including MultiSearch, you may find any or all of these resource types. Each of them provides a certain kind of information. Look at your assignment to determine what specific types of resources you may require.
Let’s look at books and ebooks first. They can be a great starting point for background reading because they often provide an overview of your topic. Books can help you to understand how your topic is structured, and what other topics may be related to it.
It’s easy to identify books in your MultiSearch results list by the image of the book’s cover and the word “book” under the image.
In order to find a physical book in the library, you need to know its Call Number, which is the number on the spine of the book that shows which campus library it’s in, and its shelf location. Ebooks will have a link in MultiSearch that takes you to the entire book online.
The library offers DVDs as well as streamed video. They provide a visual representation of your topic and may be useful for presentations. Depending on your learning style, you may find it helpful to watch a video and listen to its discussion of your topic. Some streamed videos have closed captioning, and some offer a transcript as well.
In MultiSearch, you can identify video resources by the words “Video Recording” under the image. If you see the words “Online Access,” you’ll know that the video is available as streamed video. You can click on the Online Access link to view it.
Articles are found in different types of publications, such as magazines, newspapers, and academic journals. Each of these may be found in a physical or electronic format. Each type of article has unique features and is best used for specific purposes.
Scholarly articles are published in scholarly or academic journals. Each journal is focused on a specific subject or field of study. Often the title of the publication describes its content, for example the Journal of Applied Psychology.
Scholarly or academic journal articles are written by experts in a certain field, and the articles may have been reviewed by other experts prior to publication. They often use technical language that is specific to the field of study, and focus on a very narrow topic.
Newspaper articles are good for finding current information or reports that were written soon after events occurred. They tend to be brief and are written in a simple, readable style.
Trade magazines and journals are published for a specific industry or profession and contain articles relevant to that field. They are good sources for overviews of issues and trends, identifying groups or associations, and for finding related advertising and industry contacts.
Popular magazines are good sources for overviews of issues and current events. They tend to appeal to a wide audience, and are often considered to be entertainment.
In MultiSearch, each type of article will have a specific image and corresponding label beside it. Scholarly articles are labeled as “Academic Journal,” popular and trade articles are both labeled as “Periodical,” and newspaper articles as “News.”
When you’re researching, remember to look for the specific types of resources that your assignment may require, and remember that each resource type is best at providing a certain kind of information on your topic.