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COSC 111 Research Fall 2012

  1. 1. 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 Librarian
  2. 2. FIRST… Laksamee Putnam Cook Library Reference:  410.704.2462.  IM/email Phone: 410.704.3746. Slides:
  3. 3. TAKE AWAY… Readings Discussion Evaluate the information Keywords and Connectors Finding books/articles in the Cook Library Viral Video Research Slides:
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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 research? _johnson_where_good_ideas_co me_from.html
  6. 6. EVALUATE WHAT YOU FIND Go to one of the websites below and analyze it       
  7. 7. 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? 3/sizes/m/in/photostream/Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library
  8. 8. 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 information?Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library
  9. 9. 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 for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library
  10. 10. 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 in/photostream/Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library
  11. 11. PREPARING TO SEARCH Articulate your topic  Choose important ideas  Identify keywords Find background information  Reference books  Websites Gather, organize and narrow it down
  12. 12. 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?
  13. 13. FORMULATING A KEYWORD SEARCHConsider synonyms/alternative spellings for terms  technology  prosthetic  bionic  automation  human  person  people  veteran/polio/child  mobility  paralyze  transportation  move  activity
  14. 14. SIMILAR IDEAS….DIFFERENT WORDSCellphoneCell phoneCellular telephoneWireless phoneMobileSmartphone
  15. 15. FORMULATING A KEYWORD SEARCHFormulate your search utilizing various combinations of yourwords  String them together using AND/OR/NOT  Truncate *  Phrase searching
  16. 16. BOOLEAN SEARCH CONNECTORS AND OR NOTFor example:spam AND internet security Combining >1 topicOLED OR organic light emitting diodes Combining synonymous terms
  17. 17. WHAT AND DOES…spam AND internet security
  18. 18. WHAT OR DOES… organic OLED light emitting diodesOLED OR organic light emitting diodes
  19. 19. DON’T FORGET: TRUNCATION HELPStechnolog* finds… technolog y technolog ies technolog ists technolog ical technolog ically …etc!
  20. 20. PHRASE SEARCHING Use quotations to keep a keyword phrase intact (words will be searched in the specific order)  Examples:  “Bank of America”  “Cisco Systems”
  21. 21. 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*
  22. 22. IMPROVE GOOGLE sibling AND rivalry Advanced Google  Cook Library’s Guide to searching the Web  Power searching Duck Duck Go?
  23. 23. FINDING BOOKS Plenty of relevant information in print Use broad keywords Multiple places to search  Cook OneSearch  Library Catalog  USMAI Libraries
  26. 26. FINDING BOOKSTowson Catalog Collection and Call NumberUSMAI Combined Catalog RequestsInterlibrary Loan (Illiad)
  27. 27. FINDING ARTICLES Scholarly – Peer Reviewed Use specific keywords Utilized advanced search features Card Catalogue. [Photographer]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest.
  29. 29. 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
  30. 30. VIRAL VIDEO RESEARCH View a list of the possible videos here: After choosing a video research it!  Keywords  Website  Book  Article Fill out the form here while researching your video: Extra time? Fill out the form for another video!
  31. 31. QUESTIONS? Feel free to contact me:  Laksamee Putnam   410.704.3746. Or any reference librarian:  Visit Cook Library Reference Desk  410.704.2462.  IM – tucookchat