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FSS125 - First Semester Seminar: Fall 2020

Library Tools

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

Use the links above to find resources for your class.

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

Rise Up: Women in Leadership

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?

 

Some Recommended Sources

Search the GenderWatch database available from the library web page. Some sample search strategies include:

women and leadership and africa

women and leadership and asia

women and indigenous and leadership

 

Web Pages

Distinguished Women of Past and Present
This site has biographies of women who contributed to our culture in many different ways. There are writers, educators, scientists, heads of state, politicians, civil rights crusaders, artists, entertainers, and others.

National Women's Hall of Fame
Use the menu at the top to find a link to Women of the Hall.  You can use this link to search by name, date, or achievement to find biographies of inductees.

Fast Company: Strong Female Lead
You can browse this page to find articles about women leaders in many different industries.

Center for American Women and Politics
The Center for American Women and Politics is a leading source of research on women and politics.  Use the Research and Scholarship links to find reports.

Lean In
This organization, founded by Sheryl Sandberg and Dave Goldberg, is dedicated to women's issues and empowering women.

 

Books

 

Citing Sources

The library has a comprehensive Citation Guide to help you accurately cite your sources.

More information on citing sources is on the right side of the main FSS guide.

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


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 left to view a sample of books available at the Alverno Library. Click the image for more information.

 

Looking for Alverno Non-fiction Books and Ebooks?

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

Or, try a search in TOPCAT or Ebook Central. 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 Science of forensic entomology Genetic justice Truth machine Fundamentals of forensic science Guide to forensic DNA profiling Practical guide to forensic nursing Forensic science a short introduction The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks Police lab Homocide investigations Forensic science current issues Crime scene chemistry


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

Children's Literature: Tough Topics

Use this guide to find resources for tough topics in children's literature. Your library liaison is Dolores Skowronek

Dolores Skowronek


Starting Your Research

We'll start by using a variety of resources that are available through the library.

Academic Databases are good for finding scholarly journal articles, book reviews, and sometimes news stories. (You will find a complete database list here). Google and Wikipedia can quickly lead you astray, but we know you'll use them... so consider using the library's Source Evaluation Guide for tips on evaluating the information that you find on the "free web".

Answering some questions...

 

What were concentration camps like?

 

Why were people rioting in Cuba in the 1990s?

 

What did Aleppo look like before the war? What happened to the Syrian refugees?


Banned & Challenged Books

Books are constantly being challenged by people who believe that the books (or the ideas within the books) are offensive, dangerous, unsavory, or obscene.
Banned Books Week celebrates these books and pushes back against what the American Library Association, booksellers, educators, and others view as censorship and a challenge to our freedom of speech.

Some useful links on banned & challenged books:


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Starting the discussion about books...
Teaching Books has background information, discussion questions, author interviews, and additional resources for children's and young adult books.
See what they have on Refugee.


Click an image to view information on these banned or challenged books found in the Alverno Library.

Mexican whiteboy book cover The hunger games book cover And Tango makes three A wrinkle in time book cover The giver book cover The diary of a young girl book cover A light in the attic book cover Twilight book cover are you there god it's me margaret book cover The witches bok cover The higher power of lucky book cover harry potter book cover Stuck in neutral book cover Where the wild things are book cover Fun home book cover In the night kitchen book cover blubber book cover always running book cover Charlotte's web book cover habibi book cover The hate you give book cover james and the giant peach book cover olive's ocean book cover Summer of my German soldier book cover roll of thunder book cover Harriet the spy book cover The adventures of Huckleberry Finn book cover catcher in the rye cover It's perfectly normal book cover Persepolis book cover chocolate war cover curious incident book cover lovely bones cover this one summer Bridge to Terabithia book cover outsiders cover Julie of the wolves book cover The Watsons to to Birmingham book cover Bless me Ultima book cover This day in June book cover My brother Sam is dead book cover  

Romantic Comedies: Love & Gender

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 "Love & Gender," do searches on Google Scholar, Academic Search Premier, Gender Watch, or Opposing Viewpoints. To find film reviews do searches on Academic Search Premier or in the New York Times. You can access these databases via the Databases A ot Z list.

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

Also there is a special LibGuide to help you access the New York Times. Here is a link to it: https://libguides.alverno.edu/nytimes


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

  • Gender and Romantic Love
  • Gender and Romantic Relationships
  • Meaning in Romantic Comedies
  • Romantic Comedies
  • Romantic Comedies AND Class
  • Romantic Comedies AND Ethnicity
  • Romantic Comedies AND Gays & Lesbians 
  • Romantic Comedies AND Gender
  • Romantic Comedies AND Race
  • Romantic Comedies AND Women
  • Romantic Comedies Film
  • Romantic Love AND Gender
  • Romanticism AND Gender
  • Stereotypes in Romantic Comedies
  • Women in Romantic Comedies

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

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