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Laksamee Putnam email@example.com Research and Instruction Librarian COSC 111: Finding Information Using Cook Library
Take Away… Search strategies and Search tips Finding books: Cook Library Catalog Finding articles: Databases Website evaluate http://www.ted.com/talks/derek_sivers_weird_or_just_different.html
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
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.
Preparing to Search Articulate your topic Choose important ideas Brainstorm Synonyms More specific terms Broader concepts Strategize where to search What sources of information will you need? Background information Encyclopedias?
Search Terms & Keyword Reminders Keywords come from the search question Use broader terms/concepts when looking for BOOKS. Use narrower terms when looking for ARTICLES.
Search Tips Understand and use Boolean “search connectors” spam AND internet security Combining >1 topic OLED OR organic light emitting diodes Combining synonymous terms
Searching the Catalog Cook Library Research Library Catalogs Advanced Search Options Location Call number Library Map Other locations Request Interlibrary loan (Illiad)
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 Research vs Review
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 Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus RYT Hospital
Questions? Feel free to contact me: Laksamee Putnam firstname.lastname@example.org 410.704.3746. Twitter: @LibrarianLaks Or any reference librarian: Visit Cook Library Reference Desk 410.704.2462. IM – tucookchat