Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008
University Library Auditorium
Jan Sauer

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Writing Outreach, Part I:

Finding BOOKS

for All Types of Papers

Writing Outreach, Part II, Finding Articles--Nov. 13th, 3:30, Lib. Auditorium

Books available at or through the University of South Alabama Libraries:

SOUTHcat Catalog -what we own; open to anyone on the 'net (short tutorials).

Reference Books- Reference Area, 2nd floor North: specialized encyclopedias and reference books

Electronic Reference Books --both subscription-based and free reference sources. e.g.:

NetLibrary -12,000 electronic books [library subscription] All titles are included in the SOUTHcat catalog with a link to the full text book. Create an account to ensure continued access--4 hours at a time.

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) Over 1500 of the most notable books in the humanities from the American Council of Learned Societies(ACLS). Used to be restricted to books on history, but has expanded recently to include all humanities. [library subscription] All titles are included in the SOUTHcat catalog with a link to the fulltext book.

Dissertation Abstracts/Digital Dissertations -- abstracts and often a few full-text pages of dissertations and theses written in every academic field. Search with very broad subject headings. Theses and dissertations written at USA can be read full-text online[subscription].

Electronic Books on the homepage

Identifying books using other sources: OCLC's huge catalog of books (and other formats) from most of the libraries in the Western world. Identifies which library has a book you want. With a link to InterLibrary Loan.

Google Books Google's digitization project. In process. Create an account to see a few copyrighted pages or complete out-of-copyright books.

Wikipedia SEE: Further Reading and Editions near the bottom of the entry.

Google Scholar Google's attempt at separating scholarly information from the unwashed Internet. Can be useful for identifying the important books and articles used by scholars. Seldom connects to full text articles and books, though it does occasionally. Set your preferences to USA Library.

Out-of-Print Book Vendor

Free books on the Internet:

National Academy Press--created to publish the reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council. About 200 books a year. Free to read online --or purchase. No download.

ALEX--The Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts is a collection of public domain documents from American and English literature as well as Western philosophy.

Online Books from UPenn--Listing over 25,000 free books on the Web - Updated frequently.

Project Gutenberg -- 20,000 free books in the Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog. -- great for classic reference books.

Use Academic Journals, Magazines and Newspapers if you need BOOK REVIEWS of popular, academic, and literary fiction and nonfiction.

Articles, Indexes, Databases

The EBSCO and Gale/InfoTrac Databases

LexisNexis--full-text major newspapers and regional ones

Newspaper Source Gale/InfoTrac --full text [AVL]

Acquiring books we don't have:

InterLibrary Loan -- order books or articles from other libraries; no charge if in Alabama.

Mobile Public Library--get a library card. Take a bill with your name and Mobile address and get both a library card and an Alabama Virtual Library card.

Works Cited/Bibliography Form:

Bedford St. Martins: Research and Documentation Online by Diana Hacker

Landmark's Citation Machine--a free service; and you'd better check the citations created very carefully.

Plagiarism--The major academic crime:



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