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  • Example: Someone studying technology and educationWhat population? (k12, college)Specific tasks/venues: Classroom or assignment use?What subject matter? (ex: biology or history?)What specific technology? (Blackboard, wiki, web site, videoconferencing, IM, online databases, what?)Who is using/”making” that technology? (Student or teacher?)What country? (one or comparing countries)What time period? ( and change over time)
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  • TSEM 102– LIBRARYAND RESEARCH BASICS Laksamee Putnam lputnam@towson .edu Research and Instruction Librarian
  • FIRST… Laksamee Putnam lputnam@towson.edu Cook Library Reference:  410.704.2462.  IM/email Phone: 410.704.3746. Slides: http://bit.ly/COSC111research2012
  • TAKE AWAY… Readings Discussion Evaluate the information Keywords and Connectors Finding books/articles in the Cook Library Come up with keywords! Slides: http://bit.ly/COSC111research2012
  • RESEARCH IS COMPLICATED  What are the pros and cons of so much information being online?  What do you do to be sure you’re finding more than “information junk food”?  How do you evaluate the information you find whilePrater, E. (2011) Beware online filter bubbles. TED: Ideas worth researching?spreading.http://www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_online_filter_bubbles.html  Why is it important toAppelbaum, Y. (2012). How the professor who fooled Wikipedia support your argument withgot caught by Reddit. The Atlantic. May 15. valid sources?http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/05/how-the-professor-who-fooled-wikipedia-got-caught-by-reddit/257134/#
  • EVALUATE WHAT YOU FIND Go to one of the websites below and analyze it  http://bit.ly/cosmicweb1  http://bit.ly/cosmicweb2  http://bit.ly/cosmicweb3  http://bit.ly/cosmicweb4  http://bit.ly/cosmicweb5  http://bit.ly/cosmicweb6  http://bit.ly/cosmicweb7
  • CHECK FOR CRAP Currency  How recent is the information?  Can you locate a date when the resource was written/created/updat ed?  Based on your topic, is this current enough?  Why might the date matter for your topic? http://www.flickr.com/photos/helloeveryone123/393737419 3/sizes/m/in/photostream/Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library
  • CHECK FOR CRAP Reliability  What kind of information is included in the resource?  Does the author provide citations & references for quotations & data  Where are you accessing this http://www.flickr.com/photos/schnappi/5930145952/sizes/l/in/photostream/ information?Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library
  • 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
  • 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
  • PREPARING TO SEARCH Articulate your topic  Choose important ideas  Identify keywords Find background information  Reference books  Websites Gather, organize and http://youtu.be/WoZ2BgPVtA0 narrow it down
  • KEYWORDS ARE CRITICAL! Sample topic:  What current technology improves disabled human mobility? First, break the question down into keywords:  What current technology improves disabled human mobility?
  • FORMULATING A KEYWORD SEARCHConsider synonyms/alternati ve spellings for terms  technology  prosthetic  bionic  automation  human  person  people  veteran/polio/child  mobility  paralyze  transportation  move  activity
  • SIMILAR IDEAS….DIFFERENT WORDSCellphoneCell phoneCellular telephoneWireless phoneMobileSmartphone
  • FORMULATING A KEYWORD SEARCHFormulate your search utilizing various combinations of yourwords  String them together using AND/OR/NOT  Truncate *  Phrase searching
  • BOOLEAN SEARCH CONNECTORS AND OR NOTFor example:spam AND internet security Combining >1 topicOLED OR organic light emitting diodes Combining synonymous terms
  • WHAT AND DOES…spam AND internet security
  • WHAT OR DOES… organic OLED light emitting diodesOLED OR organic light emitting diodes
  • DON’T FORGET: TRUNCATION HELPStechnolog* finds… technolog y technolog ies technolog ists technolog ical technolog ically …etc!
  • PHRASE SEARCHING Use quotations to keep a keyword phrase intact (words will be searched in the specific order)  Examples:  “Bank of America”  “Cisco Systems”
  • PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER… How Apple created and marketed its products successfully? Technology Human Mobility bionic person transport* prosthetic “disabled veteran” activ* technolog* OR bionic OR prosthetic AND human OR person OR “disabled veteran” AND mobility OR transport*OR activ*
  • IMPROVE GOOGLE sibling AND rivalry Advanced Google  Cook Library’s Guide to searching the Web  Power searching Duck Duck Go?
  • FINDING BOOKS Plenty of relevant information in print Use broad keywords Multiple places to search  Cook OneSearch  Library Catalog  USMAI Libraries
  • FINDING BOOKSTowson Catalog Collection and Call NumberUSMAI Combined Catalog RequestsInterlibrary Loan (Illiad)
  • FINDING ARTICLES Scholarly – Peer Reviewed Use specific keywords Utilized advanced search features Card Catalogue. [Photographer]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. http://quest.eb.com/images/115_2838287
  • FINDING ARTICLES Features to remember  Yellow Findit button  Citation creations  Email yourself Also as you are searching  Take a look at the article citations  Make note of additional keywords
  • START YOUR RESEARCH Start filling out this form:  http://bit.ly/TSEMCooper2012WS Come up with keywords on your topic Next class:  Discussion on video  Additional research time for books/articles
  • 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