GERO 101 Fall 2013

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  • Take the students through an example of this on the board. Use: The image of nursing in the media.Image- portrayal, portrayed, depiction, representation, represented. Nurses- Nursing, Nurse. Media- television, radio, movies, movie, tv, cinema, film, internet.
  • “undermines the drive towards Open Access and free availability of scientific information”“school examination boards and universities routinely use automated methods to check student scripts for plagiarism of internet sources, and perhaps Amazon should adopt these technologies (e.g.CrossRef’s Cross Check) to check manuscripts that are sent to them”


  • 1. L A K S A M E E P U T N A M L P U T N A M @ T O W S O N . E D U R E S E A R C H & I N S T R U C T I O N L I B R A R I A N GERO 101: The Research Process Slides:
  • 2. A quick plug…  Academic Resource Fair!  Tomorrow 3:30-5:30PM  Want advising assistance? Need to find a scholarly article? Want help with your paper? Need a tutor? Want to learn about disability support services? Stop by the library and learn about the many resources and tools available for your academic success. Snacks will be provided and prizes will be given away! Enter our drawing to win a prize! Stop by for 10 minutes or stay the entire time! Image from:
  • 3. How can I help you?  Laksamee Putnam   Cook Library Reference:  410.704.2462.  IM/email  Phone: 410.704.3746.  Twitter: @CookLibraryofTU  Albert S. Cook facebook profile!  Slides:
  • 4. Agenda  Scholarly vs Popular  How to formulate a search  Finding Books/Articles  APA Citations  Hands on database practice
  • 5. Scholarly vs Popular  Scholarly  Popular
  • 6. Scholarly vs Popular  Scholarly  Written by an expert for other experts  Support your argument with high quality information  Popular  Entertaining but lack depth  Grab people’s interests but should not be your only resource
  • 7. Scholarly vs Popular  DuckDuckGo (2012). There are no “regular results” on Google anymore. 
  • 8. Formulating a Keyword Search 1. Choose a Topic
  • 9. Formulating a Keyword Search 1. Choose a Topic  End of life care of elderly
  • 10. Formulating a Keyword Search 2. Narrow/Broaden your search
  • 11. Formulating a Keyword Search 2. Narrow/Broaden your search  Elderly depression in end of life care
  • 12. Formulating a Keyword Search 3. Identify the key concepts
  • 13. Formulating a Keyword Search 3. Identify the key concepts  Elder  Depression  End of life care
  • 14. Formulating a Keyword Search 4. Consider synonyms/alternative spellings for terms  Elder  Depression  End of life care
  • 15. Formulating a Keyword Search 4. Consider synonyms/alternative spellings for terms  Elder  Elder*  Senior  Aged  Older person  Older adult  Depression  hopelessness  End of life care  Palliative care  Terminal care
  • 16. Formulating a Keyword Search 5. Formulate your search utilizing various combinations of your words  String them together using AND/OR/NOT  Truncate *
  • 17. Formulating a Keyword Search 6. Evaluate what you find  Check for CRAP Currency Reliability Authority Purpose/Point of View  Examples  Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus  Autism and Vaccines
  • 18. 3 ways to find Books   Towson Books  USMAI Books  Interlibrary Loan
  • 19. Finding Articles  Go to the Gerontology Subject Gateway  Numerous databases to choose from  Search more than one  Use your keywords and refine your search
  • 20. It’s out there, why not reuse it?  What does intellectual property mean to you? Is it an important idea, why or why not?  With so much information out there, is there such a thing as an original idea? Does that mean you have to credit every single person?  How does plagiarism affect academia/gerentology? Watson, M. (2013, March 4) Copyright – the right to copy? Lariushin’s monographs of plant families. Botanic Stories. Retrieved from
  • 21. Plagiarism  Using someone’s ideas or expression of those ideas (words, pictures, music, etc)  Without giving proper credit
  • 22. APA Style  Help Guide  APA book is available in the library  OWL or Diane Hacker Science Student. [Photographer]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest.
  • 23. APA style  Journal Article:  Author last name, first initial(s). Title of article. Title of Journal, Volume(issue), pages. doi:xxxxxx  Book:  Author last name, first initial(s). (Year). Book title. Publication information: place (city and state abbreviation), publisher’s name.
  • 24. Let’s start searching!  Research your own topic!  Begin by filling out this online spreadsheet   After you are done please go here to send me feedback on this session 
  • 25. Questions?  Feel free to contact me:  Laksamee Putnam   410.704.3746.  Twitter: @LibrarianLaks  Or any reference librarian:  Visit Cook Library Reference Desk  410.704.2462.  IM – tucookchat