Watch this video to learn how to search the NOBLE Catalog to find print books and other material at Jenks Library.
ANATOMY OF A LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CALL NUMBER
Book title: Welcoming justice : God's movement toward beloved community
Author: Charles Marsh & John M. Perkins
Call Number: BR 115 .J8 M38 2009
The first two lines describe the subject of the book.
BR 115 = Christianity in relation to special subjects
The third line often represents the author's last name.
M = Marsh
The last line represents the date of publication.
TIPS FOR FINDING BOOKS ON THE SHELF
Read call numbers line by line.
Read the first line in alphabetical order:
A, B, BF, BR, BS, BX, C, D...
Read the second line as a whole number:
1, 2, 3, 45, 100, 101, 115, 1000, 2000, 2430...
The third line is a combination of a letter and numbers. Read the letter alphabetically. Read the number as a decimal, eg:
.M38 = .38 .M724 = .724
Some call numbers have more than one combination letter-number line.
The last line is the year the book was published. Read in chronological order:
2005, 2009, 2012...
Watch this video for instructions on how to find and search library databases. The database featured in this video is Academic Search Complete.
DATABASE A-Z LIST
Jenks has over 100 different library databases available. Many of these databases contain full-text access to scholarly journal articles. Check out the full A-Z Database list. Filter this list by subject area to see the top databases in your field of study!
Below is a list of some of the most popular databases Jenks has available.
A multi-disciplinary database covers a wide range of subject areas. Begin your research with one of these so you can explore your topic from multiple perspectives.
Subject databases focus searches around a particular subject area. Any keywords you enter in the search will atomically be scoped to that subject. Most frequently used subject databases include:
WHAT CAN I FIND IN A LIBRARY DATABASE?
Library databases are best used for searching for peer-reviewed journal articles. A great database to begin searching is Academic Search Complete.
The building block of a library database search is keywords. Keywords are central ideas or terms within your research question or problem. For example, if we were exploring the topic: are "integrated" schools in urban public school systems offering the same opportunity for all students, whites, blacks, Latinos, etc.?, we might extract the following keywords: integrated schools, urban, public-school, diversity.
BOOLEAN SEARCH OPERATORS
Once you have your keywords identified (2-3 is a good place to begin), you then need to connect them together in a way the database understands how to search. This is done using the Boolean search operators AND, OR, and NOT. Connecting keywords using these search operators creates a search string. For example: integrated school AND AND urban OR city AND diversity.
ENTER KEYWORDS IN DATABASE SEARCH BOXES
Enter each keyword onto its own search line. If you have an OR string, include the entire string in one search box.
What do you do when you see a citation in an article and you want to try to find that article for your own research? Watch this video to learn how to find academic journals or magazines available in print and online at Jenks Library.
Watch this short video for how to get access to articles you find from a web search like Google Scholar. Remember, never pay for content, the library can get it for you!