"Looking for statistics"
- "Orientation to social science research and data gathering at the
Class will be in Library 115, one of the Library Teaching Labs.
of the LIBRARY FIRST FLOOR]
or another professional library staff member, will discuss UMD
library's services and resources. She has prepared and will
review the following information:
- Go to the UMD Library's Electronic
Resources WebPage and set your browser's bookmark to the Electronic
- "Looking for books, reference works,
government documents, videos, etc."
Interlibrary Loan Service
(U of M Twin Cities)
- "Looking for periodical articles"
- Start with general subject electronic indexes
Academic Index (InfoTrac)
- keyword, subject searching
- locate scholarly publications by checking "refereed"
- locate scholarly publications by checking "peer
- EBSCO Academic Elite [coming soon]
- Full-text databases -- general subjects
- Project Muse -- select full-text
databases in humanities and social science
Direct (Elsevier ) -- small number of social
sciences periodicals within a large database of full-text
-- several social sciences periodicals but all more
than five years old
- Next go to subject-special indexes
- "Looking for news / current information"
(includes interview transcripts)
/ TV / Internet
"Looking for government information"
- American FactFinder
products on EDD
- Statistical Universe -- an index to government, internationsl,
and some private sector statistical publications; some full
- Statistical Resources Page
"Looking for web resources"
- Google Uncle
Indexes / Databases / Pathfinders for Selected
Search Engine Page -- for best results use "advanced"
- Google --
for government information try Google (Uncle Sam)
Bibliographies and Pathfinders
Continue thinking about your interview for Project #2,
and about setting up an appointment withthe person(s) you want to
interview. . Project #2 requires
that you prepare for, conduct, and report on an interview with a social
science professional practicing in your field. (Do more
detailed planning for that project.) If you haven't yet
You should also know how to search for, find, and access other
materials from sources such as Justice Information Center, , ,
PsychLit (Psychology Abstracts), Social Work
Abstracts, Web of Science (citation indices), Books
in Print, Encyclopedia Britanica, Government Info.
Resources, indexes such as the Social Science Index
and the Biography Index, and abstracts such as Psychological
Abstracts, the microform (microfiche/microfilm) resources,
the periodical holdings list, and resources such as Annual
Review of Anthropology, the Social Sciences Citation Index,
and handbooks such as the Handbook of Middle American Indians.
Make arrangements to interview a person in your field. Select
an interviewee from off campus. Contact potential interviewees and
explain the purpose of the interview. Arrange for an interview time
of about an hour. Arrange place, date, and time of interview. If possible,
arrange to conduct the interview between class Days 07 and 08. Schedule
- Make a list of 3-5 kinds of positions held by people in your field
- Decide what you want to know about those positions
- Make a list of people who might be interviewed. Interview a professional
who works off campus.
Conduct your interview sometime after the first
half of Week 04