When your professor asks you to cite your sources in APA (or MLA, AMA, APSA, ASFDKJ…), what do you do? If you’re a traditionalist, you might consult a style manual like Purdue OWL and type them out by hand, searching out each piece of information and formatting it accordingly. If you’re looking for a shortcut, Microsoft Word can help you out, or a number of websites like citationmachine.net or easybib.com. Those are all fine options, but I think there’s an easier way. Whether you find your research using QuickSearch, one of the library databases, or even Google Scholar, most modern databases will automatically cite your sources for you, if you know where to look. Continue reading
Did you know that Google Scholar can automatically direct you to free full-text copies of articles that Touro Libraries have in our subscription databases? This is a fact I tout frequently in library workshops, but until a particularly astute question from a student in my orientation last week, I hadn’t ever given much thought to exactly how this piece of internet magic actually worked.
But first, let’s back up a little:
When I first entered the library profession, I discovered a secret known to librarians far and wide. There were many search engines to choose among, and librarians were particular in their preferences. Search engines were like opinions- everybody had one. I pity the fool who favored Infoseek or Magellan, because they have gone to the resting place of dearly departed search engines in the sky. (Not the cloud.) Back then, a typical job interview included the question “What is your favorite search engine?” There would be no “Ask Jeeves!” for me. It was Google all the way, baby! Say the word – get the job! BAM! It was that easy! Didn’t you know Google is my middle name? (That’s Carol Google Schapiro, if you please!) Imagine my shock and disbelief when Google recently could not produce the results to which I have grown accustomed. Continue reading