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  • Aka it’s a good starting pointYou can read the wikipedia article… just don’t cite it

ISTC 201 - Web Pre-searching and Keywords ISTC 201 - Web Pre-searching and Keywords Presentation Transcript

  • Laksamee Putnam
    lputnam@towson.edu
    Research & Instruction Librarian
    ISTC 201: Using Information Effectively
  • Comics Studio with Ellen Forney
    Thursday October 13th, 2011
    2-3:30PM
    Cook Library 507 – Towson room
    Cartoonist Ellen Forney, the mind behind the comics and artwork in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, will teach participants how to develop their own comic art, including text and illustration. Attendance is limited to 25 students; please contact Patricia MacDonald, Cook Library, pmacdonald@towson.edu to register.
  • Comics: The Extraordinary Power of Words and Pictures
    Thursday October 13th, 2011
    7-8:30PM
    University Union - Potomac Lounge
    Comics are enjoying a new respect as a compelling literary medium. Join Ellen Forney, creator of the art in this year’s One Maryland One Book selection, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, as she enthuses about their quirky appeal in a presentation about both her solo projects and her work with the novel.
  • First…
    Laksamee Putnam
    lputnam@towson.edu
    Cook Library Reference:
    410.704.2462.
    IM/email
    Phone: 410.704.3746.
    Twitter: @CookLibraryofTU
    Albert S. Cook facebook profile!
  • Take away…
    Research Process Overview
    General search strategy
    Brainstorming keywords
  • The Research Process
    Interpreting the
    Assignment
    Selecting a Topic
    Identifying & Listing Vocabulary
    Reading Background Information
    Refining a Topic
    Using Online Databases
    & Indexes
    Citing Sources
    Evaluating Sources
    Gathering Sources
    Drafting Paper or Presentation
  • research skills ≠ needle in the haystack
  • Web “Pre-Searching”
    Why or why not start your search online?
    Respond here: http://bit.ly/ISTC201web
  • 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_bubbles.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
  • Identify Subject Gateways, Course Gateways for your course or topic…
  • Cook Library’s Course and Subject Gateways
  • … and other familiar tools to identify websites with academic content.
    Source: www.google.com.
    Source: www.wikipedia.org.
  • Try new features to help build your keyword list and search strategy.
    Keep this in mind!
    Any topic might include various facets that you might want to explore and consider as you clarify your topic at the beginning of the research process.
  • Search Terms and Keyword Reminders
    Keywords come from the search question
    Use Boolean “search connectors” to combine keywords in ways that capture the results you need
  • Good searching starts with good keywords
    Boolean “search connectors”ANDORNOTFor example:
    internet ANDchildren
    Combining >1 topic
    instruct ORteach
    Combining synonymous terms
  • Search Tip #1
    Use AND when you need to combine more than one topic
    Innovation AND education
    education
    innovation
  • Search Tip #2
    Use OR to combine synonymous terms (to get results regardless of what term an author uses).
    Go here and post a few more! http://bit.ly/ISTC201teach
    teach
    instruct
  • Search Tip #3
    Use truncation!
    Educat* finds
    Educate
    Education
    Educating
    Educator
    Etc…
  • Search Tip #4
    Phrase Searching…
    Use quotations to keep a keyword phrase intact (words will be searched in the specific order)
    Examples:
    “No Child Left Behind”
    “school reform”
  • Keywords are critical!
    Sample topic:
    What are some ways elementary teachers can assess whether a certain technology solution is effective?
    First, break the question down into keywords:
    What are some ways elementary teachers can assess whether a certain technology solution is effective?
  • More on keywords…
    Expand your list to include synonyms then add to it once you have done some background reading.
    • What are some ways elementary teachers can assess whether a certain technology solution is effective?
    teach*assess*technolog*
    learn evaluat* comput*
    strateg* test* [software name]
    method gauge
    instruct*
  • Putting it all together…
    • What are some ways elementary teachers can assess whether a certain technology solution is effective?
    teach*
    instruct*
    method*
    learn*
    assess*
    evaluate*
    test*
    technolog*
    comput*
    [software name]
    teach* OR instruct* OR method* OR learn*
    AND
    assess* OR evaluate* OR test*
    AND
    technolog* OR comput* OR kidspiration
  • Searching for academic content
    Articulate your topic by choosing important ideas
    Brainstorm
    Ideas  Concept Map  Terminology/Keywords
    Dig for the content
    EVALUATE!
  • Fill in your own keywords
    Come up with the keywords for your own search
    Fill in the worksheet
    Go do your own web pre-searching
    Find one “bad” website and find one “good” website, explain how you found it and why you consider it a good/bad resource.
  • Questions?
    Feel free to contact me:
    Laksamee Putnam
    lputnam@towson.edu
    410.704.3746.
    Twitter: @CookLibraryofTU
    Or any reference librarian:
    Visit Cook Library Reference Desk
    410.704.2462.
    IM – tucookchat