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Before you research     Primary & Secondary Sources     Starting your research

Research Guides           Database Comparison Chart      Organizing your research

Academic Honesty        Copyright Information            Downloading eBooks/eReaders         


Before you start your research

  • How to go about research using The Research Process four step guide.
  • Waggoner Library video tutorials  
  • How to evaluate websites- making good choices for your research
  • Printing and Photocopying
    Waggoner Library has several printing/copying options.  All computers are networked to printers.  Most require Trevecca network login for access.  In addition there are two digital copiers (main floor and ground floor) that require a student ID code for access. Printing costs vary.
  • Waggoner Library resources can be accessed off campus.
  • Research Guides - these subject-specific guides to resources at Waggoner Library will guide your research to print, electronic, and internet based resources.

 

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What are primary and secondary sources?

For a better understanding of the distinction between primary and secondary sources view this YouTube video sponsored by the Univ. of California, San Diego, Social Sciences & Humanities Library entitled What is a Primary Source?

Primary sources are original documents. Sources that would be considered primary are:

Diaries, letters, eyewitness accounts, legislative bills, laboratory studies,  field research reports, autobiographies, census documents, video, photographs.

Secondary sources are reports on events, not first hand.

Connecting databases to Primary Sources

Primary Sources can be found in the following Waggoner Library databases:

African-American History Online - browse by primary source,topic and by time period—from eight historical periods relevant specifically to African-American history.
American History in Video - video collection on historical events, and their presentation over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries.
CDRI: Free Resources for the Study of Religion - Provides access to digital images of woodcuts, photographs, slides, papyri, coins, maps, postcards, manuscripts, sermons, shape-note tune books, plus other forms of Christian art, architecture and iconography.
Films on Demand includes interviews and documentaries.
Global Issues in Context - today’s world issues from a global perspective including video.
HeritageQuest - includes all of the images, and extensive indexing, from the 1790 - 1930 U.S. federal censuses. It offers more than 20,000 book titles, including nearly 8,000 family histories and over 12,000 local histories. Additionally, there are more than 250 primary-source documents such as tax lists, city directories, probate records, and more.
Lexis Nexis - more than 5,600 news, business, legal, medical and reference publications.
Southern Life - articles on topics that relate directly to Southern living, both past and present, including people, places, historical events and more.
WorldCat - 35 million records describing items owned by U.S. libraries and libraries around the world.
 
Newspaper Collections include:
 
Custom Newspapers - more then 650 newspapers, both national and international.
LexisNexis Academic provides full-text coverage from more than 1800 national and international newspapers.
ProQuest Newspapers - Full text of 300+ U.S. included The Tennessean and other international news sources.  Companion database, Canadian Newsstand, has full text from about 300 Canadian newspapers.
Tennessee Newspaper Collection -includes Knoxville News Sentinel and Memphis, The Commercial Appeal.

Internet Sites include:
 
American Memory Project is a collection of photographs and images about American life house digitally at the LOC.
the Avalon Project at Yale contains documents relevant to the fields of law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy, and government and is international in scope.
Cybrary of the Holocaust includes survivor accounts, diaries, video and other documents about the Holocaust.
National Archives provides access to all types of historical documents relating to U.S. history.
Project Bartleby is a collection of books that are public domain.
Thomas Legislative where you can find full text bills and other legislative documents
U.S. Census provides census data
 
 

Starting your research

Research begins from the library homepage

  • Looking for a good overview of resources on a topic?  Begin with the Research Guides.
  • Looking for books
  • Looking for journal articles
  • Looking for Research Articles?  The research article is not an informative article, or a magazine feature, which typically have a general scope. A research article describes research done including interpreting the results and indicating significance of findings.  It is written by and for researchers for the purpose of making specific findings known to the scientific community at large. In fact, rather than appearing in a consumer or industry publication, a research article is found exclusively in a peer-reviewed scientific or medical journal, such as The Social Science Journal, for example.
  • Looking for DVD or CD media resources  You will  have to limit your search to Material Type by selecting from the drop down menu.
  • Looking for course reserve information.  You can search by professors name or the course name.
  • Looking for teacher educational resources such as Teaching Aids, Kits, Activity Books, software

 

Research Tools

  • Database Comparison Chart - Not sure which database to use to find articles for your topic? Use this comparison chart to find out more about databases frequently used by Waggoner students.
  • Interlibrary Loan through Athena allows you to search other area libraries and request materials identified through Waggoner Library at no cost to current Trevecca students and faculty.
  • Technology in the Library- campus is wireless; scanners, poster printers, digital still and video cameras, tripods, video editing software are all available for current Trevecca students and faculty use on the ground floor of the library in the Instructional Resources Center. There is a workstation on the main floor that will assist students with visual or hearing needs.
  • Waggoner Library Circulation Policies- How long can you check out a book? Can you renew online? Who can access online database? and other circulation policies.
  • Contact The Center for Leadership Calling and Service if you are interested in writing and paper organizational assistance.
  • For research assistance from a librarian – Ask a librarian

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Organizing Your Research

  • Flow is a powerful online tool to organize your research, share it, and create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles. 
  • How to cite your resources for a paper using Citation Style Guidelines
General citation style guides
Specific citation style guides

 

Academic Honesty and Plagiarism

- Trevecca's Academic Honesty Policy can be viewed from the Student Handbook, accessible on the MyTNU page under the Campus Life tab
- Do you know what plagiarism is? Take the Plagairism Quiz courtesy of Empire State University, SUNY.
- How to Recognize Plagiarism (a tutorial) from Indiana University Bloomington  
- Plagiarism Self Test from Engineering Communication Center @ University of Toronto 
 
 
 

eBook and eReader Download Instructions

 
Waggoner library has over 85,000 eBooks in our collection. All can viewed on your computer or laptop.  Many can be downloaded to an eReader device. 
Some preliminary requirements needed to download eBooks from either EBSCO or EBRARY:
 
  • Adobe® Digital Editions 1.7.1 or higher is required for offline viewing.
  • For iPad users, only an account needs to be created in Adobe Digital, no downloading needed. All other devices require the download which is free from http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions
  • Sign in to your EBSCO or EBRARY account before searching. Accounts can be created free if you have not already done so.

For EBRARY download options and instructions, please click here. This is their Knowledge Base and provides an overview of EBRARY download options with instructions.

For EBSCO eBooks, click on the type of eReader device below to view specific instructions.

Laptop/Computer        Kindle       Nook        Sony        iPad      Audiobooks

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Transferring EBSCOhost eBooks to your laptop or computer

(1) Click the Download (offline) link for the eBook you would like to download.

(2) Select a checkout period (up to 7 days) from the drop-down menu and click the Checkout & Download button.

(3) The book is added to the checkout area of the folder, accessible from the upper-right corner of the EBSCOhost interface.

(4) Select Save File from the resulting dialog box and choose where to save it on your computer. The book can be opened with Adobe® Digital Editions at any time; just click on the icon for the book.

 

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Kindle

At this time, EBSCOhost eBooks cannot be downloaded to a Kindle. You can read these books on your computer.

For Project Gutenberg eBooks:

(1) At the catalog record, click on the link that says "Connect to . . . ." 

(2) You will see options for downloading the book. Select either the Kindle or EPUB options.

(3) Download the file to your computer

(4) Email to your Kindle account at Amazon, which will download it to your Kindle via Whispernet (converting from EPUB if needed)

OR

Connect your Kindle with USB cable and transfer from your computer to your Kindle – be sure to put into the "documents" folder.

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Nook


(1) Click the Download (offline) link for the eBook you would like to download.

(2) If you are not logged into your MY EBSCOhost folder, you will be prompted to do so. Click on Sign in Now.

(3) Select a checkout period from the drop-down menu and click the Checkout & Download button.

(4) The book is added to the checkout area of the folder, accessible from the upper-right corner of the EBSCOhost interface.

(5) Select Open with from the resulting dialog box. When you select Open with, your book is opened with Adobe® Digital Editions.

(6) To transfer your downloaded eBook from Adobe® Digital Editions to a Nook, connect the reader to your computer

(7) Click Library, on the left-hand menu within Reader Library

(8) Click on the eBook that you wish to transfer and drag-and-drop it to the Reader in the left-hand menu

(9) After a few moments, your eBook will be transferred

(10) Close Reader Library and disconnect your eReader from the Computer

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Sony

(1) Click the Download (offline) link for the eBook you would like to download

(2) If you are not logged into your MY EBSCOhost folder, you will be prompted to do so. Click on Sign in Now.

(3) Select a checkout period from the drop-down menu and click the Checkout & Download button.

(4) The book is added to the checkout area of the folder, accessible from the upper-right corner of the EBSCOhost interface.

(5) Select Open with. When you select Open with, your book is opened with Adobe® Digital Editions

(6) To transfer your downloaded eBook from Adobe® Digital Editions to a Sony eReader, connect the reader to your computer

(7) Click Library, on the left-hand menu within Reader Library

(8) Click on the eBook that you wish to transfer and drag-and-drop it to the Reader in the left-hand menu

(9) After a few moments, your eBook will be transferred

(10) Close Reader Library and disconnect your eReader from the Computer

(11) Once the Reader Library has closed, the on-screen message on your eReader device will change from Do not disconnect to USB connect.

(12) Once you see USB connect, it is safe to disconnect your eReader from your computer.

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iPad

(1) Download the free Bluefire Reader app to your iPad from AppStore

(2) Using the Safari web browser on the iPad, go to Adobe Digital Editions. You do not need to download the program, just select Sign In and create an Adobe ID.

(3) Now once have an EBSCO ebook, click the Download (offline) link for the eBook you would like to download   If you are not logged into your MY EBSCOhost folder, you will be prompted so.                                                                      

(4) Select a checkout period [1 to 7 days from the drop-down menu and click the Checkout & Download button.

(5) Select 'Open with Bluefire Reader'

(6) The file will download/open to your Bluefire Reader app on your iPad

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Audio Books and downloading

In order to download Audiobooks and transfer them to a portable device, you must first download the Audiobooks on EBSCOhost Download Manager software. You will be prompted to install the software the first time you download an audiobook.

To install Download Manager Software:

(1) Click the Download link for the Audiobook
If Download Manager is not detected, you will be prompted to install it

(2) Click Install for PC or Install for Mac - The software file is saved to your computer

(3) Locate the downloaded file named DownloadManagerSetup on your computer and click to open it. The Download Manager Set wizard appears.

(4) Click Install.

(5) Select your portable device preference: Transfer to Apple Device via iTunes or Transfer to Windows Media Player.
The Download Manager software is installed to your computer.

(6) Click Close.

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To Download Audiobooks:

(1) From your search results list, click the Download link to download the audiobook.

(2) If you are not already signed in to your My EBSCOhost folder, you will be prompted so.

(3) Select a Checkout Period from the drop-down menu and click Checkout and Download.
The audiobook is added to the Checkouts folder and the Download Manager software should automatically begin to download the audiobook to your computer.

(4) If the download does not start automatically, click the Download link for checking it out from the Checkouts area of the folder.
 

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To Transfer an Audiobook to an Apple device using iTunes:

(1) From the search results list, click the Download link to download the Audiobook - the Download Manager appears

(2) Connect your device to your computer, if it is not already connected. If your device is not connected, the Download Manager scans for a device. If no device is detected, you are prompted to connect it.

(3) Click Close Download Manager once the transfer is completed. You are able to listen to the audiobook using the device, it's available under Audiobooks in the device's library.


Note: when the device is plugged in, ensure that Manually Manage Music & Videos is checked under Device Options in iTunes.

 

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