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Research Consultations

Posted by lrath on May 8, 2009

Schedule a research consultation if you need in-depth assistance with complex research assignments. Learn how to:

  • Focus your research topic
  • Plan your research strategy
  • Identify relevant sources of information
  • Find and evaluate sources efficiently

For brief or basic questions, try the reference desk, chat online with us now, or email us.

If needed, sessions can be up to 60 minutes long. Consultations are open to Baruch College students, faculty, and staff only. Group appointments are available. Please allow a minimum of two days for us to schedule an appointment with you.

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Mini workshops

Posted by lrath on March 4, 2009

Stop by Newman Library’s Reference Desk (2nd floor) for brief yet informative 15 minute workshops every Tuesday and Thursday at 12:45pm.

March 5th, Thursday, workshop: “Company’s Coming .. Are you prepared?” will help you with researching companies.

*You can drop in or sign-up for these workshops.

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Citing Indirect Sources Using APA Style

Posted by lrath on January 22, 2009

You are reading an article you found in a library database, and the author of the article quotes/cites another person’s work that you would like to incorporate into your paper. Who do you cite and how?

If you want to use a source that was cited in another source (a secondary source) for a paper you are writing ….

  1. Name the original source in your signal phrase
  2. Include the secondary source in your parenthetical citation, preceded by the words “as cited in”
  3. List the secondary source in your reference list/bibliography

In this APA example, Mills is the secondary source:
Jordan argued that …. (as cited in Mills, 2007, p. 70).

If you are required to use another style, such as MLA, Chicago, or Turabian, please refer to the respective style manual on how to cite indirect sources (this information could be listed under “indirect sources”, “citing sources”, or “in-text parentheticals”, also.)

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Writing Literature Reviews

Posted by lrath on January 11, 2009

You have a research paper to write, and you need to do a literature review. Not sure what that is, how to do it, or how to incorporate it into your paper? Here are some websites to help you:

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Workshop Week at Newman Library (Spring 2008)

Posted by lrath on February 8, 2008

Learn how to be an effective and efficient researcher by attending free workshops taught by the information professionals at Newman Library. Attend any, or all, of the following workshops:

  • Database Survival Skills April 3 or 6
  • Precision Searching April 5 or 6
  • Web Research April 4
  • Basic Business Research April 4 or 5
  • Company Information April 4 or 5
  • Industry Information March 27 or April 5
  • Annual Reports, 10Ks & Proxies April 3 or 4
  • Databases for Marketing & Advertising April 3
  • Accounting Resources April 4 or 5
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Workshop Week starts March 27th (Thursday) and ends April 6th (Sunday). To read the full workshop descriptions and to register go to the Workshops Registration** page on the Newman Library website. You can register one month prior to the workshop.

**Please note that the Subotnick Center and BCTC workshops are also listed on this page.**

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Writing Literature Reviews

Posted by lrath on January 10, 2008

You have a research paper to write, and you need to do a literature review. Not sure what that is, how to do it, or how to incorporate it into your paper? Here are some websites to help you:

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Organize & Document Your Research

Posted by lrath on November 8, 2007

Ever misplace the “perfect” article you printed for a paper? And then spent an hour or two trying to find it again? Or do you feel overwhelmed with tackling all the resources at the library, and you can’t remember which ones you have –or haven’t– already used?

A good way to manage and organize your research process is to document it. Documenting will also help you save time if you need to retrace your research steps.

The Newman Library created a reference worksheet to help you with documenting and organizing your research.

You should also use RefWorks (read earlier post about RefWorks), which lets you create folders to “hold” your articles. You can export articles from library databases to your RefWorks account (and you can link back to the article in the database). You can also create bibliographies from the articles in your folders.

What type of information should you document?

  • Library databases you want to use, or already used
  • Identify the materials found in each database (scholarly articles, newspaper articles, statistics, case studies, etc.)
  • List of keywords describing your research topic. Please remember that a keyword may work well in one database, but not so well in another. So, note which keywords work well for each database you use.
  • Authors or producers of information that may cover your topic due to their interests (experts, academic researchers, organizations, government agencies, trade organizations, etc.)
  • Other resources, such as websites or reports from think tanks (these are often mentioned in articles)
  • Keep track of the databases and keywords that didn’t work so well for your topic (so you don’t waste time trying the same database/keyword again)
RefWorksheet page 1

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3 New Subject Guides

Posted by lrath on September 25, 2007

The Newman Library website added three new subject guides:

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Workshop Week at Newman Library (Fall 2007)

Posted by lrath on August 7, 2007

Learn how to be an effective and efficient researcher by attending free workshops taught by the information professionals at Newman Library. Attend any, or all, of the following workshops:

  • Database Survival
  • Precision Searching
  • Web Research
  • Basic Business
  • Company Information
  • Industry Information
  • Annual Reports
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
workshop_week_web.jpg

Workshop Week starts September 27th (Thursday) and ends September 30th (Sunday). To read the full workshop descriptions and to register go to the Workshops Registration** page on the Newman Library website.

**Please note that the Subotnick Center and BCTC workshops are also listed on this page.

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Foundation Center – New York location

Posted by lrath on July 10, 2007

The Foundation Center‘s (FC) mission is to “strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy“. The FC is a great resource to learn about foundations, philanthropy, and research funding in the US. The website links to foundation-sponsored reports, funding trends and news, a catalog of nonprofit literature, and other resources for both grantseekers (individual and nonprofit) and grantmakers. The New York City location offers free training opportunities and seminars and access to resources and is walking distance from Baruch College.

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