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Research Guides

ENG 1200 Aging, Digital Literacies, and Digital Divides Tofteland-Trampe: Reference Materials and Book Searching

Use this research guide to discover resources which the library has identified as good places to begin your research for this course.

How to get Physical Books during Fall Term 2020

May I still borrow Bush Library’s materials during the pandemic? What is the process?

Currently: Yes, but, we may choose to substitute your request for a physical library item, with the same item in e-format, instead. You will be notified if we choose this option for you. Our goal is to avoid passing along the COVID-19 virus on any materials we loan from the library, therefore, to reduce the number of hands that touch an item, the library has placed barriers in our Bush Library book stacks and started a pulling service. Only library staff will pull physical items off our shelves. Please continue to use the “place a request” option in HamCAT for Hamline owned content and a staff member wearing gloves will remove it from the shelves and notify you when you may come to the CSD to pick it up. Hamline users are not allowed to walk through the library stacks or handle materials at this time. Consult with a librarian about accessing materials which are considered non-circulating. The library reserves the right to adjust the due dates of items we circulate. Requests for physical library items from other schools (CLIC, Interlibrary Loan) will be processed and requested. Please note that most physical items are quarantined after being used - which will delay their delivery by several days.  Ebooks can also be found in HamCAT and are available immediately, from anywhere. 

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HamCat Search



Examples of Individual Library Reference Titles

Using HamCAT will allow you to locate both "reference or background resources" on your topic, as well as journal, magazine and newspaper articles, and videos on your topic.

What terms (or subject headings) should I use when searching?
Make sure you understand which terms to use when searching. Using the right terms will help you locate content, in both academic and popular sources. Here are some example subject headings that you'll find in HamCAT. Consider mixing these terms with other terms that describe your research topic.Remember that not all terms have been used over time. Some terms are newer, some have changed over time. Think about synonyms for terms. 

  • Aged
  • Barriers
  • Digital Communication
  • Digital Divide
  • Digital Literacy
  • Disparities 
  • Middle Age
  • Technology and Civilization
  • Technology and Older People

Remember to use quotation marks around a phrase when searching to help the search engine identify that you want those words in a particular order in your search results. For example, "technology barriers"


Why Use Reference Resources?

Bush Library provides you access to many encyclopedias and dictionaries in online and print formats.
By using with these resources you will:

  • Obtain background information on your topic (e.g., person, event, theory, terminology, etc.)
  • Identify additional search terms to use when searching for book and article resources, and
  • Find citations to other works (e.g., books, articles) providing longer, more detailed coverage of the topic.

TIPS for using Reference Materials

HINT: Often signed encyclopedia or handbook articles (references sources) are written by experts who have written other texts (books, articles, blog posts, etc.) You can search for those authors in HamCAT or Google to discover some of their other works. Reference sources often also have a Further Reading section or a Bibliography at the end of them, with other sources on your topic, that can be worth exploring. 

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