AgendaWhat is the purpose of the library? Discussion.Research skills. Discussion.General search strategyIn our libraryPracticeFollow along with my slides here:http://slidesha.re/cosmicslides
What is the purpose of the library? Type in this URL and respond to the question above: http://bit.ly/cosmicpollpurpose View other responses: http://bit.ly/cosmicpoll1
What is the purpose of the library? Besides storage for books Besides a place to study late Besides the largest place on campus with computers The purpose of the library mirrors the purpose of this academic institution as a whole
What is the purpose of the library? To help make you an informed consumer To hone your research skills
Research Skills“It was a dark and stormy “Skin cancer is the mostnight.” common form of cancer.”
The Research Process Interpreting the Selecting a Assignment Topic Reading Identifying & Background ListingRefining a Information Vocabulary Topic Using Online Databases & Indexes Evaluating Citing Sources Gathering Sources Sources Drafting Paper or Presentation
Keywords are critical!Sample topic: How successful is breast cancer treatment?First, break the question down into keywords: How successful is breast cancer treatment?
More on keywords… Expand your list to include synonyms then add to it once you have done some background reading. How successful is breast cancer treatment?successful breast cancer treatmenteffective breast neoplasm therapyremission breast carcinoma [specific name]
Putting it all together…successful breast cancer treatment effective breast neoplasm therapyremission breast carcinoma tamoxifen successful OR effective OR remission AND“breast cancer” OR “breast neoplasm” OR “breast carcinoma” AND treatment OR therapy OR tamoxifen
Ok you’ve got keywordsNow what?Where do you go first?
Web “Pre-searching”Why or why not start your search online?Type in this URL and respond to the question: http://bit.ly/cosmicpollwebView other responses: http://bit.ly/cosmicpoll2
Web “Pre-searching”Why not start your search online? The Invisible Web http://goshen.libguides.com/beyond_googling Can you trust this information? TED video: Online filter bubble – Eli Pariser http://www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_online_filter_b ubbles.html
Web “Pre-searching”Why start your search online? Find background information Help solidify research topic Find new terminology to use as keywords Find links and/or citations to other sources
Try these websites outGo 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 CRAPCurrencyReliabilityAuthorityPurpose/Point of View
Check for CRAP Currency How recent is the information? Can you locate a date when the resource was written/created/updated? Based on your topic, is this current enough? Why might the date matter for your topic?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 Is the author qualified to write on the topic?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 reputableGuidelines 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 persuadeGuidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library
In our libraryCatalog Search for booksDatabases Subject gateways Search for articlesCitation help Make sure your own paper passes CRAP
Practice!Try to find some resources for your current classes!Try to find a book!Try to find a website!Try to find an article!