COSC 111 - Fall 2011

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  • Example: Someone studying technology and educationWhat population? (k12, college)Specific tasks/venues: Classroom or assignment use?What subject matter? (ex: biology or history?)What specific technology? (Blackboard, wiki, web site, videoconferencing, IM, online databases, what?)Who is using/”making” that technology? (Student or teacher?)What country? (one or comparing countries)What time period? ( and change over time)
  • Applications of information technology within a specific field – this can still be a huge topic that can benefit from some whittling down. Otherwise you can have too many sources to wade through, and too much trouble focusing your final product.Some ways to think about it:What are some examples of kinds of technologies you might want to pursue? (mobile communications, social media, software, robotics, etc.).Technologies are tools. They ideally should be used to achieve specific goals. For instance, certain technologies might encourage certain kinds of learning by college students. So one way to approach this would be to think of the goals that are important and then find out which technologies are being used to achieve them.Or, in some (many!) cases, technologies applied in certain ways might cause problems; then other technologies might be used to solve those problems. Computer hacking vs. computer security is one obvious example, but there are others!!Since your professor’s expertise is in INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, you might want to focus on this kind of tech. “as defined by the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), is ‘the study, design, development, implementation, support or management of computer-based information systems, particularly software applications and computer hardware.’” – Wikipedia
  • We can’t search the innards of a book when we use the Towson Catalog to find books. Think of a book that is likely to talk about your subject.Examples: maybe you won’t find a book on the subject of motion detectors in the home. But you might find one on security systems for the home.Maybe you won’t find a book on Blackboard per se. But there might be a book that discusses online education that has a chapter on different systems like Blackboard or even Blackboard specifically.When we search for articles using databases, you can search for much more specific topics. Articles because of their length are more specific & also we can search the entire text of articles most of the time to find that needle in the haystack.
  • First go over Cook Library Website Help locations: Need Help, Ask a Librarian Quick Tools: Off campus login, Journal List, Help GuidesCatalogs – Towson, USMAI, Worldcat TU Search Foursquare -> Social Media Advanced Search Look at entry Find it or Availability Subject headings Cite feature
  • Databases are more efficient!Search Academic Search Premier - facebook AND privacy Note difference between magazine and peer reviewed

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  • 1. Laksamee Putnam
    lputnam@towson.edu
    Research and Instruction Librarian
    COSC 111: Finding Information Using Cook Library
  • 2. Take Away…
    Search strategies and Search tips
    Finding books: Cook Library Catalog
    Finding articles: Databases
    Website evaluate
    http://www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_online_filter_bubbles.html
  • 3. Preparing to Search
    Articulate your topic
    Brainstorm
    Strategize where to search
  • 4. research skills ≠ needle in the haystack
  • 5. Information Technology
    “the study, design, development, implementation, support or management of computer-based information systems, particularly software applications and computer hardware.” – Information Technology Association of America
    Image retrieved from Twitter
    Image retrieved from MailOnline
  • 6. Technology Brainstorming
    What kinds of (information) technologies?
    Technologies used to achieve specific goals
    Encourage communication or learning, etc.
    Targeted towards certain populations
    Business or college students, etc.
  • 7. Search Terms and Keyword Reminders
    Keywords come from the search question
    Use Boolean “search connectors” to combine keywords in ways that capture the results you need
    Use broader terms/concepts when looking for BOOKS.
    Use narrower terms when looking for ARTICLES.
  • 8. Formulating a Keyword Search
    Choose a Topic
  • 9. Formulating a Keyword Search
    Choose a Topic
    The success of Apple products
  • 10. Formulating a Keyword Search
    Narrow/Broaden your search
  • 11. Formulating a Keyword Search
    Narrow/Broaden your search
    How Apple created and marketed its products successfully
  • 12. Formulating a Keyword Search
    Identify the key concepts
  • 13. Formulating a Keyword Search
    Identify the key concepts
    Apple
    Marketing
    Created
    Products
    Success
  • 14. Formulating a Keyword Search
    Apple
    Marketing
    Created
    Consider synonyms/alternative spellings for terms
    Products
    Success
  • 15. Formulating a Keyword Search
    Apple
    Apple Inc.
    Mac
    Marketing
    Market
    Advertise
    Retail
    Created
    Innovate
    Design
    Build
    Consider synonyms/alternative spellings for terms
    Products
    Brand
    Invention
    Iphone
    Success
    Achievement
    Fortune
    Fame
    Progress
  • 16. Formulating a Keyword Search
    Formulate your search utilizing various combinations of your words
    String them together using AND/OR/NOT
    Truncate *
  • 17. Formulating a Keyword Search
    Limit your search
    Appropriate date range
    Subject
    Publication type
  • 18. Good searching starts with good keywords
    Boolean “search connectors”ANDORNOTFor example:
    spam ANDinternet security
    Combining >1 topic
    OLED ORorganic light emitting diodes
    Combining synonymous terms
  • 19. What AND does…
    spam AND internet security
  • 20. What OR does…
    organic light emitting diodes
    OLED
    OLED OR organic light emitting diodes
  • 21. Don’t forget: Truncation helps
    technolog* finds…
    technolog
    technolog
    technolog
    technolog
    technolog
    y
    ies
    ists
    ical
    ically
    …etc!
  • 22. Similar ideas….different words
    Cellphone
    Cell phone
    Cellular telephone
    Wireless phone
    Mobile
    Smartphone
  • 23. Finding Books
    Towson Catalog
    Advanced Search
    USMAI Combined Catalog
    Requests
    TU WorldCat
    Interlibrary Loan (Illiad)
  • 24. Searching the Catalog
    Cook Library
    Research
    Library Catalogs
    Advanced Search Options
    Location
    Call number
    Library Map
    Other locations
    Request
    Interlibrary loan (Illiad)
  • 25. Searching Databases
    Cook Library
    Subject Gateways
    Computer Science
    From:
    Scholarly Journals
    Magazines (inc. Trade Publications)
    Newspapers
    Peer-reviewed articles in multiple journals
    Journals
    Towson: 64 journals with the words “Computer Science” in the title
    Databases
    Computer Science Index: 500 journals on a variety of topics
  • 26. Evaluate
    Authority/Authorship – Determine who is responsible for the information. What are his/her credentials?
    Currency – Is the information current and up-to-date? Is there a publication date?
    Objectivity – Is there any bias? What is the purpose of the web page (to inform or to persuade)?
    Scope – Are sources cited? Is the subject covered in depth?
    Usability – Is the site easy to navigate? Are spelling and grammar correct?
    Examples
    http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/
    http://www.rythospital.com/2011/
  • 27. Let’s start searching!
    Come up with keywords for your topic
    Find a book
    Find an article
    As you are finding information on your topic please fill in the Google Doc worksheet
    http://bit.ly/COSC111worksheet
  • 28. Questions?
    Feel free to contact me:
    Laksamee Putnam
    lputnam@towson.edu
    410.704.3746.
    Twitter: @LibrarianLaks
    Or any reference librarian:
    Visit Cook Library Reference Desk
    410.704.2462.
    IM – tucookchat