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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!


  • 1. TOPS Orientation – Library and Research Basics LAKSAMEE PUTNAM LPUTNAM@TOWSON.EDU RESEARCH AND INSTRUCTION LIBRARIAN Please login to the computer, then open a browser and go to:
  • 2. First… Laksamee Putnam Cook Library Reference:  410.704.2462.  IM/email Phone: 410.704.3746.
  • 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. Where do you go to find answers?
  • 5. Preparing to Search Articulate your topic  Choose important ideas  Identify keywords Find background information  Reference books  Websites Gather, organize and narrow it down
  • 6. Search Tips Boolean “search connectors”  Mammals AND Evolution  Climate Change OR Global warming
  • 7. Search Tips Similar ideas … different  Truncation words  Technolog*  Phone  Technolog-y  Cellphone  Technolog-ist  Cell phone  Technolog-ical  Cellular telephone  Technolog-ically  Wireless phone  Mobile  Smartphone
  • 8.  LocationSearching the  Call numberCatalog  Library MapCook Library  Other locationsResearch  Reserves  Interlibrary loan (Illiad)Library Catalogs  Request
  • 9.  Peer-reviewed articles in multipleSearching journalsDatabasesCook Library  Journals  Towson: 235 journals with the wordSubject Gateways Biology in the title Biology Chemistry  Databases  Academic Search Premier Computer Science  ScienceDirect MB3  Scopus etc
  • 10. Viral Video Research View a list of the possible videos here: 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: Extra time? Fill out the form for another video!
  • 11. Feedback form!
  • 12. Questions? Feel free to contact me:  Laksamee Putnam   410.704.3746. Or any reference librarian:  Visit Cook Library Reference Desk  410.704.2462.  IM – tucookchat