Posted by: libraryliza | December 13, 2009

LIS 205 – Exercise 4 – Part III

For 10 of the following queries, recommend 1-3 of the best resources and/or database(s) for finding the answer, using those available through the Guide to Reference, Credo Reference, Oxford Reference Premium Online or St. John’s Libraries. In other words, do not google search for the answer! For each query, describe to the patron in a few sentences why your selection(s) is/are good choices.

1. Can you help me find a handbook of social dancing?

a. If you would like a guide from the catalogue, using the search terms “social dancing” and then the subject term “dancing,” fourteen titles came up. Several titles might work if you are looking for a guide to all dancing, and not just literal instruction on how to dance.

i. Social Dancing, a short history GV1751 .F745 1963
ii. Dancing: the pleasure, power, and art of movement GV1594 .J66 1992
iii. Dance instruction : science applied to the art of movement GV1589 .G73 1989

b. A search of the Guide to Reference also results in a similar guide that covers more than just simply instruction: Social dancing in America: A history and reference; its ISBN is 031333756X.

4. I want to browse issues of the journal Radiation Physics and Chemistry. How can I do that?

a. First I immediately searched the title in the E-Z listing of journals from the library homepage. My result tells me that ScienceDirect Freedom Collection hosts the journal from 1995 to its current issue. I showed the student how to do this and s/he left to browse the journal him- or herself.

6. I need information about Jamie Wyeth for a 5-page paper.

a. After a couple questions about how much and why this student needs this information (clarifying whether it was Jamie or James—it’s both), I went to the Art database listing and selected the Wilson and Proquest databases. In the Wilson database, I first searched “Jamie Wyeth,” then winnowed the result using the subjects listed to the left (“Wyeth, Jamie, 1946-”), and was able to provide the student with 63 results. In Proquest, I searched “Wyeth, James” and 39 results popped up. Lastly, searching “James Wyeth” in ArtSTOR, I was able to offer the student 9 digital images of his paintings. Wilson and Proquest were the best resources in the case of this paper, but the ArtSTOR images would be useful for the student if s/he was doing an analysis of a piece of his work.

7. Where can I find scholarly articles about how to effectively train employees in the food services industry?

a. Not knowing for sure where to begin with this question, I tried MegaSearch from the St. John’s Library homepage, using the terms [training AND food services]. From the results, I selected the Science Direct databases and found some promising results from the Journal of Safety Research and the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.
b. After using the Megasearch, I headed to ProQuest and searched similar terms, [(LSU({TRAINING}) AND LSU({FOOD SERVICE INDUSTRY}))]. This search came back with 82 hits. Most results looked promising because I used such specific terms; some interesting results included “A new school of thought: Rethinking the old training model means educated employees, better business” and “Survey: One-on-one training trumps other methods.”

8. Does drinking milk actually improve bone density? Where can I find clinical studies that support this?

a. As most medical scholarly articles are based on clinical studies, I decided to head directly to a science database, using the list in the Medicine and Health CampusGuide. First I tried PubMed and searched using [milk AND bone density], and that search returned 475 results. The first study, “Dietary protein and bone health: a systematic review and meta-analysis” would have an extensive bibliography for the sixty-one studies synthesized in the article. The general conclusion seems to be that milk slightly improves bone density, or at the very least, makes bone density no worse.

b. Also from the CampusGuide, I went to the EBSCO databases and searched the terms “Bone Density” and “Milk consumption. Twenty-four results were found, and these seem to suggest the same conclusion as the PubMed article, although clearly there is a debate ongoing in the medical field.

9. Where is Hank Williams Trail? How can I find out more about Hank and Tee Tot?

a. What I would want to use for this question is something like a searchable AAA state guidebook, but nothing like that was listed in Credo, Oxford, or the Guide to Reference. Searching in these databases “Hank Williams Trail” turned up nothing, and “Hank Williams” articles were all strictly biographical. So I thought maybe a news bureau may have covered the trail as part of a travel piece. So I turned to ProQuest’s newspaper search, using the terms [“Hank Williams” AND trail]. From the results I found an article from the St. Louis Post that said the trail was in Alabama. That same article mentions a “Rufus Tee-Tot Payne.” However, the article indicates that not much is known specifically about Tee-tot. So to learn more about these two men, going back to those biographical entries and news articles, and also initiating a new search using a combination of the various forms of Tee-Tot’s name (Rufus, Rufe, Tee Tot, etc.). Thus news sources seem best for finding out information about Tee-Tot, while plenty of biographical sources (including the Oxford, Credo, and Guide to Reference databases) have information of Hank Williams.

10. I would like to write a paper on the Antarctic. Is there an encyclopedia that I could use to get started?

a. Any general reference encyclopedia would have an entry on the Antarctic. However, a good specific reference work, The Oxford Companion to the Earth (located through the Oxford Reference Online) has two entries about the Antarctic.
b. Additionally, from the Credo Reference homepage, the link to Encyclopedia divides them by subject. From those about science, the McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Science and Technology also has a good entry on the Antarctic Ocean and Antarctic Circle.

12. I need current information on Congressional action in the last few years regarding our troops in Afghanistan. I’ve searched newspapers, but need something with more depth, like committee hearings.

a. The St. John’s Government and Politics CampusGuide has a great deal of resources to find out detailed information about Congressional hearings and the like. Specifically CQ Weekly has summaries of congressional activities, which in conjunction with the next resource would provide a lot of depth on the Afghanistan situation.
b. The US FED News Service provides transcripts of government briefings, speeches, press conferences, and other events, and is searchable within ProQuest. ProQuest only makes complete transcripts available from 2005; however, this fits the bill of the students’ needs.
c. Lastly, the Military and Government Collection in EBSCO is perfect for this kind of research, and because of EBSCO’s format, this patron can easily search for congressional reports relating to Afghanistan.

13. Where can I find literary critiques of Corinne by Madame deStael?

a. Going to the list of literature databases I selected Literature Databases. Using the Humanities Index, I searched “Corinne” in the “Essay & General Lit” and “Fiction Core Collection.” To winnow the 61 results, I selected “Stael, Madame de, 1766-1817 / About individual works / Corinne; or, Italy” in the left hand column. This cut the list down to 27 records.
b. The next resource I used was Literature Criticism Online (Gale), trying “Corinne AND Madame deStael,” “deStael,” and “Corinne.” Without definitive results. Normally this resource has very promising results, but not in this case, yet as Corinne is not a very well known text and as a result, it has not been included in larger compiled literary texts.
c. If the student is looking for very specific and highly critical articles, I would point the student to the Project MUSE index. I searched first just Corinne and then selected under listed subject headings “Staël, Madame de (Anne-Louise-Germaine), 1766-1817. Corinne.” That search only came back with four results, each very detailed and scholarly.

15. I’m looking for current data on Iceland’s economy.

a. Using Credo Reference’s listing of material by type, I selected “statistics” to see what resources were available that would list economic information. I selected the CIA World Factbook and found the Iceland information. The economic information listed is from 2008, with some statistics from 2006 and 2007, and its financial collapse.
b. Using the Guide to Reference, I searched “Iceland” and from the Narrow by Category column on the left, selected “Statistics and Demography” and “Economics and Business.” Each had a result, one linking to Statistics Iceland ( and Nordic Statistical yearbook (LC = HA1461.N67). The latter is likely too old and is not available in the library catalogue. The former appears to be updated daily with sections dedicated to various aspects of the economy. This site has detailed analysis, but is a bit clunky, so it useful for very specified searches.


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