MGT 347 Library Research Presentation

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MGT 347 Library Research Presentation

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  1. Matthew LaBrake

    Slide 1 - Matthew LaBrake

    • Library Director for Online Degree Programs
    • matthew-labrake@berkeleycollege.edu
    • MGT 347 Argumentative Research Paper
    • Research Support from the Online Library
  2. Assignment Description

    Slide 2 - Assignment Description

    • The student will write a five-page (excluding the bibliography) argumentative paper. This will require to review the literature regarding a current staffing issue and take a position on the issue. This paper requires at least five scholarly sources using proper APA or MLA format.
    • Upon completion of assignment the student will be able to:
    • 1. Analyze a selection issue in the context of human resource planning.
    • 2. Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose; in this case taking a position.
    • 3. Demonstrate consistent use of credible, relevant sources to support ideas that are situated within the HR discipline
    • 4. Describes importance of issue /problem considered critically – as it relates to the discipline of management.
    • 5. Demonstrates a thorough understanding of context, audience, and purpose that is responsive to the assigned task(s).
  3. Why use library databases?

    Slide 3 - Why use library databases?

    • Databases are searchable collections of academic journals, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, reference books, company reports, etc.
    • Library databases are especially useful because they:
    • Get their information from professionals or experts in the field, which means that the information found in them is reliable for academic research.
    • Are updated frequently and include the date of publication. It is important that your paper contains current information.
    • Are easy to cite in a bibliography. In fact, many databases will even create the citation for you! This is important because you will need to cite all of your sources in MLA format.
    • Can help you. narrow down your topic or suggest related subjects. This is an important part of the research process.
  4. Log Into Blackboard!!!

    Slide 4 - Log Into Blackboard!!!

    • To access the library databases you will need to be logged into Blackboard. If, at any point, you are presented with a yellow screen asking you to log-in, use your blackboard credentials to do so!
  5. Best database for this assignment:ProQuest ABI/inform complete

    Slide 5 - Best database for this assignment:ProQuest ABI/inform complete

    • The library subscribes to over 80 scholarly databases. Some are general while others specialize in particular subject areas.
  6. Developing Key Words

    Slide 6 - Developing Key Words

    • Searching in a database is not the same as searching on the Internet. Using targeted key words in your search string will give you much more focused results. A “key word” is a word (or a set of words) that best describes your topic. If you aren’t successful with your first search attempt, change around your key words and try again.
    • Example Topic – Social Media
    • Driving Question – Should social media be used in hiring decisions?
    • Search String – “Social Media” AND Hiring
    • Additional Key Words to use along with (or in place of) Hiring –
    • Staffing, Management, Human Resources, Discrimination, Employment, Recruitment
    • Additional Key Words to use along with (or in place of) “Social Media” –
    • Social Network, Web Presence, Online Profile, Facebook, Twitter, Digital Reputation
    • Try different combinations of these key words in your search string for the best results!
  7. Access Library Databases through blackboard

    Slide 7 - Access Library Databases through blackboard

  8. Browse the databases by subject, OR select “A-z List” to see an alphabetical list of databases

    Slide 8 - Browse the databases by subject, OR select “A-z List” to see an alphabetical list of databases

  9. Select ABI/inform complete from the list

    Slide 9 - Select ABI/inform complete from the list

  10. Perform a search using your pre-selected Key words

    Slide 10 - Perform a search using your pre-selected Key words

    • Example:
    • Driving Question - Should social media be used in hiring decisions?
  11. Adding “Quotations” around your key words will ensure your search only brings back results that have those words in order.

    Slide 11 - Adding “Quotations” around your key words will ensure your search only brings back results that have those words in order.

  12. limit your search by publication date to find  the most up to date information available

    Slide 12 - limit your search by publication date to find the most up to date information available

    • Wow, less than 1/20 of the results we started with
  13. Use additional key words to limit your results even further

    Slide 13 - Use additional key words to limit your results even further

  14. Select an article, read through it, take notes, and make sure to cite your source

    Slide 14 - Select an article, read through it, take notes, and make sure to cite your source

    • The abstract will also contain the author’s thesis statement
  15. Need Immediate help? Chat with a Librarian!!http://berkeleycollege.libguides.com/LibChat

    Slide 15 - Need Immediate help? Chat with a Librarian!!http://berkeleycollege.libguides.com/LibChat

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