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FSS125 - First Semester Seminar: Spring 2021

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TOPCAT

What is TOPCAT?

TOPCAT is our library catalog. You can search here for books, magazines, course reserves, DVDs, textbooks, and other items that we hold in our physical collection (i.e. things you can come pull off the shelf and check out). We also have may ebooks in TOPCAT.

TIPS:

  • Keep your searches broad and simple to start. Try 1 or 2 keywords at first.
  • Use the limiters on the left to narrow your results.
  • You'll see other schools listed in your results. They're part of our library consortium, which means we all share materials. If you find something from another school that you want, you can request it and pick it up from our library once it arrives at Alverno.

Ebooks

 

What is Ebook Central?

This is our main ebook vendor and you'll find over 140,000 ebooks across all different disciplines here. You can download ebooks or view them online, and they're all keyword searchable. Ebook Central is user friendly and easy to navigate. 

TIPS:

  • We recommend you read online rather than download your ebook. If you like to take notes or highlight books as you read, reading them online and saving them to your virtual bookshelf ensures you won't lose your notes when your checkout period expires.
  • You'll need to set up a user login to download ebooks or save them to your virtual bookshelf, but it's free and easy to do.
  • This video has tips to get you started. Or, contact a librarian if you have trouble setting up your ebook account.

Search Opposing Viewpoints

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What is Opposing Viewpoints?

Ever been in class, talking to friends, or scrolling through the news and come across a heated debate on a topic that you don't know that much about? Opposing Viewpoints is a great place to start. It takes controversial topics and highlights the main points, then pulls relevant articles, statistics, news, and more that work as good examples of both sides of the argument.

Tips:

  • This is a great place to get a feel for the main sides of a controversial topic, but sometimes the information is a little dated. For some topics, an article that's 5 years old won't make a difference. For other topics where cutting edge information is crucial, 5 years is ancient history. Consider your topic and check for currency when using Opposing Viewpoints.
  • Most current information will have a "NEW!" or "UPDATED!" tag on the topic link.

Search Google Scholar

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Why use Google Scholar?

Google Scholar takes some of the guesswork out of your research. Instead of wondering if the article you're reading is scholarly or comes from a reputable source, Google Scholar makes sure of it. You still have to do some legwork, but the quality of the information you have to work with is much higher. This is a great place to start academic research when your instructor says you need to find scholarly articles.

Tips:

  • If you're not sure where to start, keep your searches broad at first. Slowly add additional keywords (or swap them out) when you get an idea of how you want to specify your question.
  • Do you have an article citation and want to know if we have the full text? Plug the article title in and, if we do, chances are good you'll see a [PDF], [HTML], or "Full Text @ Alverno" link appear to the right of the search results.
  • Always use the link on the library homepage (or on this guide) to get to Google Scholar, this will give you better results as it's synced with our databases.

FSS Classes

Mindfulness Strategies

Your library liaison is: Sara Shutkin

Sara Shutkin

Sara Shutkin

Email Me

Contact:
Alverno College Library/Archives
Office CO B8
(414) 382-6202


Use this handout to determine if an article is considered scholarly: Is it a scholarly article or isn’t it?


To find more information and scholarly articles about "Mindfulness Strategies," do searches on Google Scholar, Opposing Viewpoints, or Academic Search Premier.  You can access these databases via the Databases A ot Z list.

Here is a link to it: https://libguides.alverno.edu/az.php

To get started finding information, try some of these topics in your search. There are many more; a librarian can help you.

  • Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness based Stress Reduction
  • Mindfulness Training
  • Mindfulness (Psychology)
  • Meditation
  • Meditation AND Psychology
  • Awareness
  • Well-being
  • Self-kindness
  • Stress Management
  • Spirituality
  • Stress (Psychology)--Prevention
  • Attention
  • Mindfulness AND Food Habits
  • Mindfulness AND Education
  • Mindfulness AND Health
  • Mindfulness AND Workplace
  • Mindfulness AND Addiction Recovery
  • Being Present

BRAIN: Using Your Brain to Evaluate Information (from Shasta College)
http://libguides.shastacollege.edu/brain

CSI: Crime Scene Issues

Use this guide to find resources for forensic science in popular culture. Your library liaison is Dolores Skowronek

Dolores the librarian

Dolores Skowronek
Questions? Please contact me...
dolores.skowronek@alverno.edu
(414) 382-6184


Finding Fictional Forensics Books

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There are a handful of authors who write fiction books portraying forensic scientists in action. Here is a partial list of authors and books provided by Good Reads: https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/forensic-fiction

The Alverno Library has a small selection of fictional books and graphic novels featuring forensic science. But, public libraries typically have larger collections of fiction books. For example, the Milwaukee County public libraries offer a wide selection of books and other resources for its residents. Here is more information on obtaining a Milwaukee County public library card: https://countycat.mcfls.org/help# 

For students who have a Milwaukee County public library card, search CountyCat to find books available for checkout: https://countycat.mcfls.org/


Looking for Alverno Fiction Books? 

Scroll to view a sampling of fiction books that you can check out from the Alverno Library. Click the image for more information.

 

Looking for Alverno Non-fiction Books?

Scroll to view a sampling of non-fiction books that you can check out from the Alverno Library. Click the image for more information.

Or, try a search in TOPCAT. Any of these search terms will get you started: Forensic Science, Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Anthropology, Criminal Investigation, Crime Laboratories, DNA Data Banks, Genetic Privacy, Forensic Genetics.

American Sherlock Crime scene forensics Forensics Forensics audiobook Genetic justice Practical guide to forensic nursing The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks Police lab Crime scene chemistry

 

Looking for Non-fiction Ebooks?

Scroll to view a sampling of non-fiction ebooks available through the Alverno Library. Click the image for more information.

Or, try a search in Ebook Central. This video will help you get started with ebooks. Here are some suggested search terms: Forensic Science, Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Anthropology, Criminal Investigation, Crime Laboratories, DNA Data Banks, Genetic Privacy, Forensic Genetics.


Challenge: Do More Research

So, you want to dig deeper into your topic? A good strategy is to start with databases like Academic Search Premier - which is found on the Alverno Library's Databases A to Z page. Another good choice is the Alverno Library's Google Scholar search tool.

When searching, it is always a good idea to try different search words and phrases. Think of synonyms and alternate spellings. If one search term isn't working - try again with another. Here are some suggestions to get you started.... Can you think of others?

CSI word cloud

 

Spirituality & Meaning

 

Your library liaison is: Sara Shutkin

Sara Shutkin

Sara Shutkin

Email Me

Contact:
Alverno College Library/Archives
Office CO B8
(414) 382-6202


Use this handout to determine if an article is considered scholarly: Is it a scholarly article or isn’t it?


To find more information and scholarly articles about "Spirituality & Meaning," do searches on Google Scholar, Opposing Viewpoints, or Academic Search Premier.  You can access these databases via the Databases A to Z list.

Here is a link to it: https://libguides.alverno.edu/az.php

To get started finding information, try some of these topics in your search. There are many more; a librarian can help you.

  • Mindfulness
  •  

BRAIN: Using Your Brain to Evaluate Information (from Shasta College)
http://libguides.shastacollege.edu/brain

Questions?

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Need more help? Send us a question: library@alverno.edu

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