ISTC 201
Laksamee Putnam
lputnam@towson.edu
Research & Instruction Librarian

Slides:
http://bit.ly/istc2014splutherslides...
First…
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Laksamee Putnam
lputnam@towson.edu
Cook Library Reference:
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410.704.2462.
IM/email

Phone: 410...
A quick plug…
 Get

Writing Help at
Cook!
 Appointments:
Monday – Thursday
6-9; Sunday 3-9
 Walk-ins: Monday –
Thursday...
Agenda
 Video

Discussion
 Background reading/Internet searching
 Keywords
 Evaluating Resources
Wikipedia Woes and Google Gaffs
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What are the pros and
cons of so much
information being
online?

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What do you do to b...
Web “Pre-Searching”
 Why

start your search online?

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Find background information

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Help solidify research topic

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...
Through out the lesson:
Fill out this spreadsheet
 http://bit.ly/istc2014splutherc1
 Enter

your name and research topic
Improve Google
internet and bully
 Advanced

searching

 Duck

Google

Duck Go

body image and girls
 Cook

Library’s
G...
Find some websites!
 Enter

your websites into the online
worksheet
Keywords are critical!
 Sample
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topic:

Which age is childhood obesity in the
United States the highest?

 First,

bre...
More on keywords…


Expand your list to include synonyms then add to it
once you have done some background reading.

 Wh...
Create keywords
 Enter

your keywords into the online
worksheet
 Enter synonyms
Search Tip #1
Boolean “search connectors”

AND OR NOT

internet AND children
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Combining >1 topic

instruct OR teach
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C...
Search Tip #2
 Use

truncation!

 Educat*

finds

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Educate
Education
Educating
Educator

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Etc…

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Search Tip #3
 Phrase

Searching…

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Use quotations to keep a keyword phrase
intact (words will be searched in the
speci...
Putting it all together…
 Which age is childhood obesity in the United States

the highest?
childhood
child*
adolescent
y...
Go back to your keywords
 Insert

AND, OR, NOT
 Can you truncate any of your words?
 Can you use phrase searching?
Evaluate what you find
 Go

to one of the websites below and
analyze it
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http://bit.ly/cosmicweb3
http://bit.ly...
Check for CRAP
Currency

Reliability
Authority

Purpose/Point

of View
Check for CRAP
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Currency
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How recent is the
information?
Can you locate a
date when the
resource was
written/c...
Check for CRAP
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Reliability
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What kind of
information is
included in the
resource?
Does the author
provide citat...
Check for CRAP
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Authority
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Can you determine who
the author/creator is?
What are their
credentials (education,
...
Check for CRAP
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Purpose/Point of
View
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Is the content
primarily opinion?
Is the information
balanced or
biased?
W...
Analyze your Website
 Enter

your CRAP analysis on the online
worksheet

 You

need 3 scholarly web resources for
your p...
Thanks for listening!
 Next
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class:

Watch 2 more video and prepare for
discussion
Use your keywords to find books/ar...
Questions?
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Feel free to contact me:
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Laksamee Putnam
lputnam@towson.edu
410.704.3746.
Twitter: @CookLibrary...
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  • Aka it’s a good starting pointYou can read the wikipedia article… just don’t cite it
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    1. 1. ISTC 201 Laksamee Putnam lputnam@towson.edu Research & Instruction Librarian Slides: http://bit.ly/istc2014splutherslides1
    2. 2. 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! Slides: http://bit.ly/istc2014splutherslides1
    3. 3. A quick plug…  Get Writing Help at Cook!  Appointments: Monday – Thursday 6-9; Sunday 3-9  Walk-ins: Monday – Thursday 7-8; Sunday 5:30-6:30 Image from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrsdkrebs/6812988187/
    4. 4. Agenda  Video Discussion  Background reading/Internet searching  Keywords  Evaluating Resources
    5. 5. Wikipedia Woes and Google Gaffs  What are the pros and cons of so much information being online?  What do you do to be sure you’re finding credible resources?  Google Analytics (2012) Google analytics in real life – Site search. http://youtu.be/cbtf1oyNg-8 DuckDuckGo (2012). There are no “regular results” on Google anymore. http://vimeo.com/duckduckgo/bubble New York Times (2013) If a Story Is Viral, Truth May Be Taking a Beating http://nyti.ms/1d7MUUB  How do you evaluate the information you find while researching? Why is it important to support your argument with valid sources?
    6. 6. 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
    7. 7. Through out the lesson: Fill out this spreadsheet  http://bit.ly/istc2014splutherc1  Enter your name and research topic
    8. 8. Improve Google internet and bully  Advanced searching  Duck Google Duck Go body image and girls  Cook Library’s Guide to the Web
    9. 9. Find some websites!  Enter your websites into the online worksheet
    10. 10. Keywords are critical!  Sample  topic: Which age is childhood obesity in the United States the highest?  First, break the question down into concepts:  Which age is childhood obesity in the United States the highest?
    11. 11. More on keywords…  Expand your list to include synonyms then add to it once you have done some background reading.  Which age is childhood obesity in the United States the highest? childhood adolescent child* young obesity United States over weight USA obese North America BMI
    12. 12. Create keywords  Enter your keywords into the online worksheet  Enter synonyms
    13. 13. Search Tip #1 Boolean “search connectors” AND OR NOT internet AND children  Combining >1 topic instruct OR teach  Combining synonymous terms Which is better?
    14. 14. Search Tip #2  Use truncation!  Educat* finds  Educate Education Educating Educator  Etc…   
    15. 15. Search Tip #3  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”
    16. 16. Putting it all together…  Which age is childhood obesity in the United States the highest? childhood child* adolescent young obesity over weight BMI United States USA North America child* OR adolescent OR young AND obesity OR overweight OR BMI AND United States OR USA OR North America
    17. 17. Go back to your keywords  Insert AND, OR, NOT  Can you truncate any of your words?  Can you use phrase searching?
    18. 18. Evaluate what you find  Go to one of the websites below and analyze it      http://bit.ly/cosmicweb3 http://bit.ly/cosmicweb4 http://bit.ly/cosmicweb5 http://bit.ly/cosmicweb6 http://bit.ly/cosmicweb7
    19. 19. Check for CRAP Currency Reliability Authority Purpose/Point of View
    20. 20. Check for CRAP  Currency     How recent is the information? Can you locate a date when the resource was written/created/upda ted? Based on your topic, is this current enough? Why might the date matter for your topic? http://www.flickr.com/photos/helloeveryone123/393737 4193/sizes/m/in/photostream/ Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library
    21. 21. Check for CRAP  Reliability    What kind of information is included in the resource? Does the author provide citations & references for quotations & data Where am I accessing this information? http://www.flickr.com/photos/schnappi/5930145952/sizes/l/in/photostrea m/ Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library
    22. 22. 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 http://rantchick.com/a-doctrine-on-respect/ Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library
    23. 23. 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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/cogdog/5484085301/sizes /m/in/photostream/ Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library
    24. 24. Analyze your Website  Enter your CRAP analysis on the online worksheet  You need 3 scholarly web resources for your paper. Take this time to try to find at least one website you can use!
    25. 25. Thanks for listening!  Next   class: Watch 2 more video and prepare for discussion Use your keywords to find books/articles
    26. 26. 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

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