Electronic Research: Sources and Strategies


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  • Electronic Research: Sources and Strategies

    1. 1. Electronic Research: Sources and Strategies Amy Ferguson Fall 2009 www.richlandcollege.edu/library Richland College Library
    2. 2. Computer Use <ul><li>Only use computers as I direct. </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone using computers for other purposes ( IM, games, etc. ) will be asked to leave and will NOT receive credit for this workshop. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Finding sources appropriate for college work is hard.
    4. 4. Receive the Information Literacy Certificate! <ul><li>Attend all 3 workshops in the Library Instruction Program </li></ul><ul><li>Research 1 : Introduction to College Research </li></ul><ul><li>Research 2 : Electronic Research - Sources and Strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Research 3 : MLA - Avoiding Plagiarism and Documenting Sources. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Knowing how to use the right tool puts information at your fingertips .
    6. 6. Class Goals <ul><li>Know the difference between the electronic research tools in order to use the best tool for a specific research need. </li></ul><ul><li>Construct a tool-appropriate research strategy in order to locate relevant materials on a given topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate information sources in order to use quality information sources. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Agenda <ul><li>Attendance </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorm Search Terms </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic Library Tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Catalog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Databases </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Internet Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Source Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Worksheet </li></ul>
    8. 8. Search Terms <ul><li>Select a topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Turn your topic into a question. </li></ul><ul><li>Circle the main concepts. </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorm synonyms and related terms. </li></ul>Image Source: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/664535
    9. 10. Find a Book in the Library Catalog
    10. 11. Use the Library Catalog to find… <ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>Periodical Titles </li></ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Other Media </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audiocassettes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And more </li></ul></ul>… that Richland and the Dallas County Community College District own. http://www...
    11. 12. Use the Library Databases to find… <ul><li>Articles from Periodicals </li></ul><ul><li>eBooks </li></ul><ul><li>Articles from Reference Books </li></ul><ul><li>Images </li></ul><ul><li>And much more! </li></ul>
    12. 14. Advanced Search Strategies <ul><li>Phrase Searching : Search for an exact phrase with Quotation marks. Works in Internet and Library Tools. For example: “assisted suicide” </li></ul><ul><li>Truncation : use the asterisk * to search for all words that begin with same letters. Works in Library tools only. Example: psych* </li></ul>
    13. 15. Boolean Operators <ul><li>AND : Combines ideas and narrows your search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: children and violen* “video games” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>OR : Synonyms, broadens your search </li></ul><ul><li>Example: child* or kid* </li></ul><ul><li>NOT : Excludes ideas and narrows your search </li></ul><ul><li>Example: “illegal aliens” not UFOs </li></ul><ul><li>Works in most library tools and some internet tools </li></ul>
    14. 16. <ul><li>Search Engines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Like Google, Yahoo, and Ask.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Subject Directories </li></ul><ul><li>Databases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples: Internet Movie Database; Recipe databases; Amazon.com </li></ul></ul>Locating Web Pages: Internet Search Tools <ul><li>* Search Engines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples Google, Yahoo, and Ask.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>* Subject Directories </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: lii.org, ipl.org </li></ul><ul><li>* Databases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples: Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com), Amazon.com, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>recipe databases, employment databases </li></ul></ul>
    15. 17. The Undergraduate Research Engine <ul><li>Search the entire Google database with Librarian-selected sites rated highest. </li></ul>www.research-engine.net
    16. 18. Find A Websites <ul><li>Use the Undergraduate Research Engine ( research- engine.net ) </li></ul><ul><li>How do you know when you have found a credible website? </li></ul>
    17. 19. Evaluate Your Sources C urrency A uthority R elevancy B ias
    18. 20. Subject Directories <ul><li>Catalogs of web pages compiled and reviewed by human editors </li></ul><ul><li>Current Events & Controversial Issues from Library Help Sheets </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians’ Index to the Internet : http://lii.org/ </li></ul>
    19. 21. 360 Search
    20. 22. 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 .
    21. 23. Workshop Summary <ul><li>To find Books , use the Library Catalog . </li></ul><ul><li>To find Periodical Articles , use the Library’s Online Databases . </li></ul><ul><li>To find Web Sites , use Search Engines and Subject Directories . </li></ul><ul><li>Always start your research for class assignments with Library Tools . </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Search Tools and Library Tools use different Search Strategies . </li></ul><ul><li>Use the CARB method to evaluate all your sources. </li></ul>
    22. 24. Contact Me <ul><li>E-mail: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: 972-238-6082 </li></ul>