Open http://www.santarosa.edu/library/ in another browser window to work through this tutorial side by side.
This tutorial helps you find background information in Sage Knowledge e-books. These are a great place to start when you are just beginning to investigate a topic.
In this tutorial, you will learn to:
• Use basic keyword searches
• Investigate the qualifications of the authors or editors who are writing about the topics you are researching
• Use a variety of database features and tools
Tips for this tutorial
1) Keep your focus. Look for the "What's the point?" links throughout the tutorial. Try the one below:
What's the point?
2) Move through the tutorial. Press the Next arrow to move forward. Press the Previous arrow to review earlier pages.
3) Answer the questions along the way.
4) Maximize your screen to fully see the tutorial. Watch for scroll bars and use them to see all information.
5) If you are working off campus you will need to sign in with your student ID and PIN in order to complete this tutorial.
On the library homepage, find the Research Support box and click on the link to Find E-Book Collections.
Click on the link for Sage Knowledge.
Covering a wide range of topics, Sage Knowledge is a collection of more than 350 encyclopedias and handbooks.
What’s the point?
Sage subject encyclopedias are ideal for:
Locate the Search box and type in your search term. Make it simple.
Not sure what to search? Try one of these terms:
What search term did you try?
A typical web search can yield millions of results. Sage Knowledge helps you quickly pinpoint relevant articles, saving you time.
And unlike a typical web search, Sage offers many ways to refine your search.
Take a look at the right side of the search screen. There are options for refining by Type and Publication Date.
The Keywords on the right hand side of the search screen can also help refine your search.
Sage Knowledge allows you to refine your search by:
Is this information from an encyclopedia, dictionary, or handbook?
HINT: The type of source is located right above the title, to the right of the picture of the book cover. Scroll up to the top of the webpage to find it.
You can evaluate the authority of the source by researching its editors and authors.
Editors are responsible for fact checking and polishing the article. They are listed under the title of the encyclopedia. The authors, or writers, are listed under the title of the article.
Click on one of the editors to read about their qualifications. To research the article's author, you can do a quick Google search on their name.
What qualifications does the editor have to write authoritatively on this topic?
Notice the Search within chapter. . . feature near the top of the article.
Using the Search within chapter. . . tool is an easy way to pinpoint specific words. Instead of scrolling through the entire article, you can jump directly to the relevant information.
Next, locate the Export citation feature at the top of the article.
This tool can help you properly cite your source. Simply click the link and select the citation style of your choice. Be sure to check the citation for accuracy before including it in your final paper.
To ensure your citations are correct, use NoodleBib. You can find NoodleBib in the Research Support box on the Library's homepage.
Now take a look at the right side of the screen. The Related Keywords and Related Articles can help you locate additional information and explore different aspects of your topic.
The See Also links and Further Readings at the very bottom of the article are another good way to locate related articles and information.
In Sage, you can narrow or focus your topic by:
Is your instructor offering credit for taking this tutorial?
Take this brief quiz to review key points of the tutorial.
At the end of the quiz, enter your full name and e-mail address to receive a copy of your completed quiz.
You must enter your instructor's e-mail address to send your instructor a copy of your quiz results. Make sure it is correct!
Separate the two email addresses with a comma. For example:
How does Sage Knowledge differ from Wikipedia?
Sage's encyclopedias are an efficient way to:
What tool helps you quickly pinpoint specific words within the text of an article?
How does Sage help cite your articles in APA or MLA style?
How can Sage Knowledge help you with research?
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You can enter multiple email addresses separated by commas. If you are doing this for a class, you may need to enter your instructor's email address also.
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