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 A N D I N S T R U C T I O N L I B R A R I ...
First…
 Laksamee Putnam
 lputnam@towson.edu
 Cook Library Reference:
 410.704.2462.
 IM/email
 Phone: 410.704.3746.
...
Take away…
 Where are you?
 Search strategies and Search tips
 Evaluate the information
 Finding books/articles in the...
Where are you?
 600,000 Books
 150,000 e-Books
 1,200 Print Journals
 200 Electronic
Databases
 50,000 Electronic
Jou...
Where do you go to find answers?
http://bit.ly/upwardpollsu13
Evaluate
 Check for CRAP
 Currency
 Reliability
 Authority
 Purpose/Point of View
 Examples
 Pacific Northwest Tree...
Preparing to Search
 Articulate your topic
 Choose important ideas
 Identify keywords
 Find background
information
 R...
Search Tips
 Boolean “search connectors”
 Mammals AND Evolution
 Climate Change OR Global warming
Search Tips
 Similar ideas … different
words
 Phone
 Cellphone
 Cell phone
 Cellular telephone
 Wireless phone
 Mob...
Searching the
Catalog
Cook Library
Research
Library Catalogs
 Location
 Call number
 Library Map
 Other locations
 Re...
Searching
Databases
Cook Library
Subject Gateways
Biology
Chemistry
Computer Science
MB3
etc
 Peer-reviewed articles in m...
Viral Video Research
 View a list of the possible videos here:
http://bit.ly/1bc5zjm
 After choosing a video research it...
Feedback form!
 http://bit.ly/1bcehOB
Questions?
 Feel free to contact me:
 Laksamee Putnam
 lputnam@towson.edu
 410.704.3746.
 Or any reference librarian:...
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  • Google? Wikipedia? Friends/Family? Teachers? Librarians?No matter where you start, the search for information isn’t linear. You might start with one question then figure out it’s too broad and there is too much information out there. You might start with something that is too narrow and you can’t seem to find anything about it. In any case, when you start your search you can do somethings to prepare.
  • First go over Cook Library Website Help locations: Need Help, Ask a Librarian Quick Tools: Off campus login, Journal List, Help GuidesCatalogs – Towson, USMAI, Worldcat TU Search Bed bug -> Books: Insect How many articles? Look at entry Cite feature
  • Databases are more efficient!
  • TOPS 2013 Library Orientation

    1. 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 A N D I N S T R U C T I O N L I B R A R I A N TOPS Orientation – Library and Research Basics Please login to the computer, then open a browser and go to: http://slidesha.re/16eyt35
    2. 2. First…  Laksamee Putnam  lputnam@towson.edu  Cook Library Reference:  410.704.2462.  IM/email  Phone: 410.704.3746.  http://slidesha.re/16eyt35
    3. 3. Take away…  Where are you?  Search strategies and Search tips  Evaluate the information  Finding books/articles in the Cook Library  Viral Video Research
    4. 4. Where are you?  600,000 Books  150,000 e-Books  1,200 Print Journals  200 Electronic Databases  50,000 Electronic Journals  200 computers  Print here
    5. 5. Where do you go to find answers? http://bit.ly/upwardpollsu13
    6. 6. Evaluate  Check for CRAP  Currency  Reliability  Authority  Purpose/Point of View  Examples  Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus  Vaccines and Autism
    7. 7. Preparing to Search  Articulate your topic  Choose important ideas  Identify keywords  Find background information  Reference books  Websites  Gather, organize and narrow it down http://youtu.be/HE4FJL2IDEs
    8. 8. Search Tips  Boolean “search connectors”  Mammals AND Evolution  Climate Change OR Global warming
    9. 9. Search Tips  Similar ideas … different words  Phone  Cellphone  Cell phone  Cellular telephone  Wireless phone  Mobile  Smartphone  Truncation  Technolog*  Technolog-y  Technolog-ist  Technolog-ical  Technolog-ically
    10. 10. Searching the Catalog Cook Library Research Library Catalogs  Location  Call number  Library Map  Other locations  Reserves  Interlibrary loan (Illiad)  Request
    11. 11. Searching Databases Cook Library Subject Gateways Biology Chemistry Computer Science MB3 etc  Peer-reviewed articles in multiple journals  Journals  Towson: 235 journals with the word Biology in the title  Databases  Cook OneSearch  ScienceDirect  Scopus
    12. 12. Viral Video Research  View a list of the possible videos here: http://bit.ly/1bc5zjm  After choosing a video research it in the same way we did for “Charlie Bit My Finger”  Fill out the form here while researching your video: http://bit.ly/173i4Q7  Extra time? Fill out the form for another video!
    13. 13. Feedback form!  http://bit.ly/1bcehOB
    14. 14. Questions?  Feel free to contact me:  Laksamee Putnam  lputnam@towson.edu  410.704.3746.  Or any reference librarian:  Visit Cook Library Reference Desk  410.704.2462.  IM – tucookchat

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