Understanding information sources (online) library course (Updated August 2012)
Miller Library and Information Service Understanding Information Sources: online www.swsi.tafensw.edu.au Version 3 2012
Information Sources“any book, document, database or person which provides information” Dictionary of Information and Library Management, 2006 A&C Black Publishers, London.
Conduct the reference interview Talk to your client (reference interview) and take notes When asking what the client wants: What do they really want? What is the question? Type and amount? Why is the material needed? Who is the client? How recent should the information be? When do they need the information?
Now you’re on your own! Prepare yourself.Have pen, paper and post-it notesready at all times, for note takingandMarking resources
Get an overview of the topicGo to an encyclopaedia or reference source to get an overview of the topic.
List key wordsThese words will help you look up informationon the topic.Use a thesaurus if necessary.Brainstorm key words with other staff andsometimes even customers.
Make a source card/ pageWrite down all resources you will use or youhave used for information.For online resources, as they are found printthe 1st page of the site.Do this as you go along, it will save time at theend.
Use a range of resources Print Online – including YouTube, TeacherTube Databases Audio-Visual
Evaluate what you find• Evaluate the quality and usefulness of the information• Relevance – significant to your topic• Currency – how old is an article• Authority – who wrote or published the article• Reliability – general or academic information
Evaluate your online references• Finding information on the internet• Tutorial: the Internet Detective
Find internet resources• Use search engines. Check to see if your class has a bibliography or Studylink created by librarians.
Internet Directories• Tafe Studylinks – https://www.tafensw.edu.au/library/studylinks/• BUBL – http://bubl.ac.uk/• IPL (Internet Public Library) – http://www.ipl.org/
Evaluate your work• What did you learn from your research?• Was the final product what the customer wanted?• Did the customer find your research useful?• File your notes, source cards, printout for future reference.
Celebrate!• When you’re finished, celebrate. Start the next job, catch up with other work or get creative in the office!
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