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Information Literary Resources: 2. Bibliographical & Research Methods (w/Handouts)

2. Bibliographical & Research Methods

 

Class:

EALL 603J, Bibliographical & Research Methods: Japanese - Library Instruction Session

Time:

1:30-2:20 (50 minutes)

Instructors:

T. Bazzell

 

Audience


Graduate students in Japanese studies and/or who use Japanese sources for their research

 

Subjects of the Lesson


Identifying types of articles in various periodicals; developing a Japanese language vocabulary that can be used as keywords to search the Nichigai MagazinePlus and NDL Zasshi Kiji Sakuin (Zassaku) online databases; locating and obtaining needed articles effectively.

 

Leaning objectives:


(note: this lesson addresses SAILS Skill Sets 5-10)

  • Students will identify periodicals by type (popular, trade, & scholarly.)
  • Students will use online/print English-Japanese dictionaries to develop a list of key concepts in Japanese.
  • Students will use online/print Japanese dictionaries to develop a list of key concepts in Japanese.
  • Students will log on to the Nichigai Magazineplus and NDL Zasshi Kiji Sakuin (Zassaku) database and search articles effectively by keywords.
  • Students will correctly interpret the results.
  • Students will locate and obtain appropriate articles effectively.

 

Content Outline

  • Introduction
  • Understanding major features of different Japanese periodicals.
  • Building a list of key words in Japanese,
  • Understanding the Magazineplus and its functions using Boolean logic to narrow your search,
  • Understanding the Zassaku and its functions and distinguishing different features between Zassaku and Magazineplus,
  • Searching by simple keywords
  • Refining your search
    • Using Boolean logic to narrow your search
    • Using truncation to expand your search
    • Sorting options
  • How to locate and obtain articles through the Library

 

Methods

 

Part I

  • Student exercise: in small groups, examine three types of periodicals (scholarly, trade/special interest & popular) (prepared by the instructor). Small group reports: characteristics of each periodical, describe types of articles found in these.
  • Class discussion & brief lecture: How these journals differ from each other by using the "taxonomy of periodicals" criteria (prepared by the instructor).

 

Part II

  • Guided searching: Using an online/print English-Japanese dictionary, students will search their English terms and develop a list of Japanese terms. Students will record their findings.
  • Guided searching: Using an online/print Japanese dictionary, students will develop synonyms and related terms. Students will record their findings.

 

Part III

  • Brief lecture: What is Nichigai Magazineplus, how to log on, how it looks like.
  • Brief lecture: What is NDL Zassaku, how to log on, how it looks like.
  • Discussions and brief lecture: How these two databases look different (students' observations), what are the major differences?, when do you use these databases?

 

Part IV

  • Guided searching: Using the key words generated in the Part II, students will search Nichigai Magazineplus.
  • Guided searching: Using the key words generated in the Part II, students will search NDL Zassaku.
  • Discussions: Reporting the findings and interpreting the results.
  • Discussions: Reporting the differences of articles by periodical types.

 

Part V

  • Brief lecture: Boolean operators (and, or, not), limit by year, how to search by kanji, hiragana, katakana, etc.
  • Guided searching: Students will refine their initial search results by applying Boolean operators to their earlier searches and compare results, recording their findings.
  • Guided searching: Students will search articles by Yoko Ono. Students will report what they find.
  • Discussions: Students will compare the results and discuss the differences of the result.

 

Part VI

  • Brief lecture: How to obtain the needed articles
    • Interpretations of citations
    • How to find the journals at UH
    • How to fill the document delivery form online
    • How to retrieve the articles
  • Requesting an article: Student will fill out an online form to request one needed article that UH does not have.
  • Wrap up.

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