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Dissertation Publishing Tips: Do you Know how to use the Library?


Happy Friday!  Our topic for this week focuses on the library sciences.  Often, I hear both students and colleagues lament over the complicated nature of the many databases within their respective online library.  My question is do you know how to use this technology when conducting your research?

This week I was able to attend a webinar regarding how to efficiently use some of these resources within the  library and the myriads of resources available, some customized to the university.  Who knew?

Some things I learned this week.  First, do you know the difference between an ISBN and an ISSN?

  • ISBN: This is the social security type number on the back of every book that is unique to that publication.
  • ISSN: This is the social security type number for journal articles.

At the moment, I am asking for clarification regarding the difference between an ISSN and a doi number.  My thoughts are that the doi number is an active URL link, while a ISSN simply identifies the article.  If anyone knows with certainty, would you reply and share your comments?

I also learned about many specialty databases to include:

  • Google Scholar offers a customization that can actually take you to the live article within the university’s collection if you use the university’s version; [very cool application of technology]
  • Sage Journals
  • Emerald
  • Science Direct
  • JStor
  • Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Sage Research Methods Online
  • Papers Invited
  • Ulrichs
  • ProQuest
  • EbscoHost

Not only did this seminar offer these specific journals (of the more than 300 available!), tips for advanced search to include Boolean operators.  For example, did you know you could use a technique where you can search for Cat^7 dog ?  The carrot symbol (shift 6) indicates that you want cat as the main focus but no more than 7 words away from dog in terms of importance.  Who knew that one could use operators to indicate a level of importance?

Again, may I respectfully suggest spending some time with your library AND librarian.  Technology—” times, they are a changin’.”

I welcome  your thoughts this week, particularly about my question regarding ISSN and doi numbers. Cheers!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family!  Enjoy your time together this week!

With respect,


Dr. Cheryl Lentz

Chief Refractive Thinker®

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December 21st, 2012 by admin