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  • Electronic Research: Sources and Strategies Amy Ferguson Fall 2009 www.richlandcollege.edu/library Richland College Library
  • Computer Use
    • Only use computers as I direct.
    • Anyone using computers for other purposes ( IM, games, etc. ) will be asked to leave and will NOT receive credit for this workshop.
  • Finding sources appropriate for college work is hard.
  • Receive the Information Literacy Certificate!
    • Attend all 3 workshops in the Library Instruction Program
    • Research 1 : Introduction to College Research
    • Research 2 : Electronic Research - Sources and Strategies
    • Research 3 : MLA - Avoiding Plagiarism and Documenting Sources.
  • Knowing how to use the right tool puts information at your fingertips .
  • Class Goals
    • Know the difference between the electronic research tools in order to use the best tool for a specific research need.
    • Construct a tool-appropriate research strategy in order to locate relevant materials on a given topic.
    • Evaluate information sources in order to use quality information sources.
  • Agenda
    • Attendance
    • Brainstorm Search Terms
    • Electronic Library Tools
      • Library Catalog
      • Library Databases
    • Internet Tools
    • Source Evaluation
    • Worksheet
  • Search Terms
    • Select a topic.
    • Turn your topic into a question.
    • Circle the main concepts.
    • Brainstorm synonyms and related terms.
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  • Find a Book in the Library Catalog
  • Use the Library Catalog to find…
    • Books
    • Periodical Titles
    • Websites
    • Other Media
      • Videos
      • Audiocassettes
      • And more
    … that Richland and the Dallas County Community College District own. http://www...
  • Use the Library Databases to find…
    • Articles from Periodicals
    • eBooks
    • Articles from Reference Books
    • Images
    • And much more!
  •  
  • Advanced Search Strategies
    • Phrase Searching : Search for an exact phrase with Quotation marks. Works in Internet and Library Tools. For example: “assisted suicide”
    • Truncation : use the asterisk * to search for all words that begin with same letters. Works in Library tools only. Example: psych*
  • Boolean Operators
    • AND : Combines ideas and narrows your search
      • Example: children and violen* “video games”
    • OR : Synonyms, broadens your search
    • Example: child* or kid*
    • NOT : Excludes ideas and narrows your search
    • Example: “illegal aliens” not UFOs
    • Works in most library tools and some internet tools
    • Search Engines
      • Like Google, Yahoo, and Ask.com
    • Subject Directories
    • Databases
      • Examples: Internet Movie Database; Recipe databases; Amazon.com
    Locating Web Pages: Internet Search Tools
    • * Search Engines
      • Examples Google, Yahoo, and Ask.com
    • * Subject Directories
    • Examples: lii.org, ipl.org
    • * Databases
      • Examples: Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com), Amazon.com,
      • recipe databases, employment databases
  • The Undergraduate Research Engine
    • Search the entire Google database with Librarian-selected sites rated highest.
    www.research-engine.net
  • Find A Websites
    • Use the Undergraduate Research Engine ( research- engine.net )
    • How do you know when you have found a credible website?
  • Evaluate Your Sources C urrency A uthority R elevancy B ias
  • Subject Directories
    • Catalogs of web pages compiled and reviewed by human editors
    • Current Events & Controversial Issues from Library Help Sheets
    • Librarians’ Index to the Internet : http://lii.org/
  • 360 Search
  • Citing Electronic Sources for your Research Paper The MLA handouts provide guidance. Or attend Research 3: The MLA Format and learn how to cite your sources with NoodleBib .
  • Workshop Summary
    • To find Books , use the Library Catalog .
    • To find Periodical Articles , use the Library’s Online Databases .
    • To find Web Sites , use Search Engines and Subject Directories .
    • Always start your research for class assignments with Library Tools .
    • Internet Search Tools and Library Tools use different Search Strategies .
    • Use the CARB method to evaluate all your sources.
  • Contact Me
    • E-mail: [email_address]
    • Phone: 972-238-6082