Towson Opportunities in STEM Fall 2011

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  • Find information – Generally and specifically find journals for your area of interest and pull the two articles you will be reviewingEvaluateGet startedExplain Google doc and handouts
  • 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!
  • Towson Opportunities in STEM Fall 2011

    1. 1. Laksamee Putnam<br />lputnam@towson.edu<br />Research & Instruction Librarian<br />TOPS: Finding Scientific Information Using Cook Library<br />
    2. 2. First…<br />Laksamee Putnam<br />lputnam@towson.edu<br />Cook Library Reference:<br />410.704.2462.<br />IM/email<br />Phone: 410.704.3746.<br />
    3. 3. Take away…<br />Tour the library<br />Finding books/articles in the Cook Library<br />Search strategies and Search tips<br />Evaluate the information<br />Cite your sources<br />Scavenger hunt<br />
    4. 4. Where do you start your search?<br />http://bit.ly/topsPoll<br />http://bit.ly/topsPollsubmit<br />
    5. 5. Searching the Catalog<br />Cook Library<br />Research<br />Library Catalogs<br />Advanced Search Options<br />Location<br />Call number<br />Library Map<br />Other locations<br />Reserves<br />Interlibrary loan (Illiad)<br />Request<br />
    6. 6. Searching Databases<br />Cook Library<br />Subject Gateways<br />Biology<br />Chemistry<br />Computer Science<br />MB3<br />etc<br />Peer-reviewed articles in multiple journals<br />Journals<br />Towson: 235 journals with the word Biology in the title<br />Databases<br />Science Citation Index: 6,650 journals on a variety of scientific disciplines<br />Research vs Review<br />
    7. 7. Preparing to Search<br />Articulate your topic<br />Choose important ideas<br />Identify keywords<br />Find background information<br />Reference books<br />Websites<br />Gather, organize and narrow it down<br />
    8. 8. Preparing to Search<br />Brainstorm<br />Synonyms<br />More specific terms<br />Broader concepts<br />Use broader terms for Books<br />Use narrower terms for Articles<br />Example: Encyclopedia of Earth<br />
    9. 9. Search Tips<br />Boolean “search connectors”<br />Mammals AND Evolution<br />Climate Change OR Global warming<br />
    10. 10. Search Tips<br />Similar ideas … different words<br />Phone<br />Cellphone<br />Cell phone<br />Cellular telephone<br />Wireless phone<br />Mobile<br />Smartphone<br />Truncation<br />Technolog*<br />Technolog-y<br />Technolog-ist<br />Technolog-ical<br />Technolog-ically<br />
    11. 11. Evaluate<br />Authority<br />Currency<br />Objectivity<br />Scope<br />Usability<br />Examples<br />Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus<br />RYT Hospital <br />
    12. 12. Writing and Citing Resources<br />Cook Library<br />Quick Tools<br />Citing Sources<br />Allows your readers to verify and identify where the information and ideas in your paper originated<br />Gives credit to the owners of the ideas (avoiding plagiarism)<br />Provides a connection between your research and the research of related sources<br />
    13. 13. Citing your sources<br />Towson Policy<br /><ul><li>http://www.towson.edu/studentaffairs/policies/academicintegrity.asp</li></ul>Two strike policy<br />100 cases a year reported<br />Possible suspension<br />
    14. 14. Remember …<br />Search strategies and Search tips<br />Finding books/articles in the Cook Library<br />Evaluate the information<br />Cite your sources<br />
    15. 15. Questions?<br />Feel free to contact me:<br />Laksamee Putnam<br />lputnam@towson.edu<br />410.704.3746.<br />Twitter: @LibrarianLaks<br />Or any reference librarian:<br />Visit Cook Library Reference Desk<br />410.704.2462.<br />IM – tucookchat<br />

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