In this issue: online guides and services that can make research easier for both you and your students�
First, a new guide to help your students with the research process�
The Research Survival Guide can be accessed via a link on the left-hand side of The BRAIN. This basic guide to research covers how to search the catalogue and online databases, how to select appropriate resources from the library and how to evaluate the information found�a gentle and fun way to ease students into the research process!
Next up, new features in the EBSCOhost databases can help you manage your research�As you know, the EBSCOhost databases contain thousands of magazine and journal articles, from popular magazines such as Maclean�s and Time to scholarly journals such as the Journal of American Culture and Harvard Business Review. All of these articles are available to you online from The BRAIN�s databases page and can be accessed from within the College or from home with your student or staff number. With all of this information available, how can you keep up with the latest research in your field?
Help is on the way! Recently EBSCOhost unveiled a new service called �My EBSCOhost�. Through �My EBSCOhost� you can save searches, save search results, set up search alerts and more. To access, select the �Sign in to My EBSCOhost� link from the top left corner of any web page in EBSCOhost. Then set up your own username and password (these can be anything you want.) Detailed descriptions of each of the new features will be included in future issues of the blog. For now, here are some tips on how to set up a search alert in EBSCOhost.
Setting up a search alert allows you to see the latest articles published in your area of interest. You can either view the list of articles online in EBSCOhost or you can have the list sent to you in a periodic email. The email alert is sent any time new articles in your stated subject area are added to the database. You can set up an alert to be run daily, weekly, biweekly or monthly. Here is how to set up an alert:
1. Go to the Databases web page on The BRAIN: http://www.mohawkc.on.ca/dept/library/brain/intrntdata.htm
2. Access the EBSCOhost database of your choice. (EBSCOhost databases have the word �EBSCO� in the Producer column on the Databases web page. Not sure which one to choose? Select the �more about�� link under the database title if you would like to know more about any of the databases listed.)
3. The EBSCOhost web page displays. Select one or more EBSCOhost databases to search.
4. Enter your search words in the �Find� edit box and click the �Search� button.
5. At the bottom half of the screen are three tabs: �Refine Search�, �Search History/Alerts� and �Results�. When your results list appears, select the �Search History/Alerts� tab.
6. Select the link �Save Searches/Alerts�.
7. You will be asked to log in. If you haven�t created a login yet, select the link �I�m a new user�. Create a unique login for yourself. This doesn�t have to be your staff or faculty number; it can be any password of your choice.
8. On the next screen, select the �Alert� radio button.
9. Fill in the requisite information on the screen. The first box, �name�, is for you to name your alert. This is handy for identifying your alert if you save more than one alert.
10. Fill in the �E-mail Properties� section if you would like your alert emailed to you. (Otherwise you can log in to EBSCOhost to view updates to your alert.)
11. Select the Save button.
12. Now, each time articles are published on the subjects that you specified, you will be sent an email with links to the articles in EBSCOhost.
Need a demo? Come into the Library or try Ask The BRAIN to see a demo of how to set up an alert!