COSC 111– LIBRARY AND RESEARCH BASICS Laksamee Putnam lputnam@towson .edu Research andPlease login to the computer, then open a browser and go to: Instruction http://bit.ly/COSC111research2012 Librarian
TAKE AWAY… Readings Discussion Evaluate the information Keywords and Connectors Finding books/articles in the Cook Library Viral Video Research Slides: http://bit.ly/COSC111research2012
RESEARCH IS COMPLICATED Technology has made the way Te c h n ology h a s m a de t h e way we we do research ver y dif ferent; do re s e arc h ve r y di f fe re nt ; h oweve r however there are still some t h e re a re s t i ll s o m e c o re re s e arc h core research skills which s k ills w h i c h re m a in t h e s a m e. Wh a t a re s o m e o f t h e s e s k ills ? remain the same. What are some of these skills? In s o me way s a l l i n fo rmat ion pre s e n ted to yo u h a s be e n a l te re d In some ways all information by t h e a ut h o r’ s pe r s pe c tive a n d i n t urn yo u a re a l te ri ng i t w h e n yo u presented to you has been pre s e n t i t . Wh a t a re s o m e n ew altered by the author’s way s yo u s e e i n fo rmat ion pre s e nted per spective and in turn you to day a n d w h a t a re th e pro s / c ons are altering it when you o f e di t i ng i n fo rmat ion to “ m a ke i t present it. What are some new bet te r. ” ways you see information presented today and what are the pros/cons of editing information to “make itKelly, T.M. (2011). "But Mines Better": better.”Teaching History in a Remix Culture.History Teacher, 44(3), 369-377.
RESEARCH IS COMPLICATED How is this video connected to the library session on plagiarism? You are learning to build and support your own arguments, why is this important? Johnson, S. (2010) Where good How can you stay ideas come from. TED: Ideas connected/current/organi worth spreading. zed while doing your http://www.ted.com/talks/steven research? _johnson_where_good_ideas_co me_from.html
EVALUATE WHAT YOU FIND Go to one of the websites below and analyze it http://bit.ly/cosmicweb1 http://bit.ly/cosmicweb2 http://bit.ly/cosmicweb3 http://bit.ly/cosmicweb4 http://bit.ly/cosmicweb5 http://bit.ly/cosmicweb6 http://bit.ly/cosmicweb7
CHECK FOR CRAP Currency How recent is the information? Can you locate a date when the resource was written/created/updat ed? Based on your topic, is this current enough? Why might the date matter for your topic? http://www.flickr.com/photos/helloeveryone123/393737419 3/sizes/m/in/photostream/Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library
CHECK FOR CRAP Reliability What kind of information is included in the resource? Does the author provide citations & references for quotations & data Where are you accessing this http://www.flickr.com/photos/schnappi/5930145952/sizes/l/in/photostream/ information?Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library
CHECK FOR CRAP Authority Can you determine who the author/creator is? What are their credentials (education, affiliation, experience, etc.)? Who is the publisher or sponsor of the work/site? Is this publisher/sponsor reputable http://rantchick.com/a-doctrine-on-respect/Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library
CHECK FOR CRAP Purpose/Point of View Is the content primarily opinion? Is the information balanced or biased? What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade http://www.flickr.com/photos/cogdog/5484085301/sizes/m/ in/photostream/Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library
PREPARING TO SEARCH Articulate your topic Choose important ideas Identify keywords Find background information Reference books Websites Gather, organize and http://youtu.be/WoZ2BgPVtA0 narrow it down
KEYWORDS ARE CRITICAL! Sample topic: What current technology improves disabled human mobility? First, break the question down into keywords: What current technology improves disabled human mobility?
FORMULATING A KEYWORD SEARCHConsider synonyms/alternative spellings for terms technology prosthetic bionic automation human person people veteran/polio/child mobility paralyze transportation move activity
SIMILAR IDEAS….DIFFERENT WORDSCellphoneCell phoneCellular telephoneWireless phoneMobileSmartphone
FORMULATING A KEYWORD SEARCHFormulate your search utilizing various combinations of yourwords String them together using AND/OR/NOT Truncate * Phrase searching
BOOLEAN SEARCH CONNECTORS AND OR NOTFor example:spam AND internet security Combining >1 topicOLED OR organic light emitting diodes Combining synonymous terms
PHRASE SEARCHING Use quotations to keep a keyword phrase intact (words will be searched in the specific order) Examples: “Bank of America” “Cisco Systems”
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER… How Apple created and marketed its products successfully? Technology Human Mobility bionic person transport* prosthetic “disabled veteran” activ* technolog* OR bionic OR prosthetic AND human OR person OR “disabled veteran” AND mobility OR transport*OR activ*
IMPROVE GOOGLE sibling AND rivalry Advanced Google Cook Library’s Guide to searching the Web Power searching Duck Duck Go?
FINDING BOOKS Plenty of relevant information in print Use broad keywords Multiple places to search Cook OneSearch Library Catalog USMAI Libraries
FINDING ARTICLES Scholarly – Peer Reviewed Use specific keywords Utilized advanced search features Card Catalogue. [Photographer]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. http://quest.eb.com/images/115_2838287
FINDING ARTICLES Features to remember Yellow Findit button Citation creations Email yourself Also as you are searching Take a look at the article citations Make note of additional keywords
VIRAL VIDEO RESEARCH View a list of the possible videos here: http://bit.ly/COSCviral2012 After choosing a video research it! Keywords Website Book Article Fill out the form here while researching your video: http://bit.ly/COSCws2012 Extra time? Fill out the form for another video!
QUESTIONS? Feel free to contact me: Laksamee Putnam email@example.com 410.704.3746. Or any reference librarian: Visit Cook Library Reference Desk 410.704.2462. IM – tucookchat