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  • 1. TSEM 102Laksamee Putnamlputnam@towson.eduResearch & Instruction LibrarianSlides:http://bit.ly/TSEMamcarthurslides112
  • 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/TSEMamcarthurslides112
  • 3. Agenda Article/VideoDiscussion Background reading/Internet searching Keywords Evaluating Resources
  • 4. 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 more than “information junk food”?Appelbaum, Y. (2012). How the professor who  How do you evaluatefooled Wikipedia got caught by Reddit. The the information you findAtlantic. May 15. while researching?http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/05/how-the-professor-who-fooled-wikipedia-got-caught-by-reddit/257134/#  Why is it important to support your argumentPrater, E. (2011) Beware online filter bubbles.TED: Ideas worth spreading. with valid sources?http://www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_online_filter_bubbles.html
  • 5. The Research Process Interpreting the Selecting a Assignment Topic Reading Identifying & Background ListingRefining a Information Vocabulary Topic Using Online Databases & Indexes Evaluating Citing Sources Gathering Sources Sources Drafting Paper or Presentation
  • 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. Improve Google internet and bully body image and girls Advanced Google  CookLibrary’s searching Guide to the Web  Power searching Duck Duck Go
  • 8. Try new features to help buildyour keyword list and searchstrategy. Keywords come from the search question UseBoolean “search connectors” to combine keywords in ways that capture the results you need
  • 9. Search Tip #1 Boolean “search connectors” AND OR NOTFor example:internet AND children Combining >1 topicinstruct OR teach Combining synonymous terms
  • 10. Search Tip #2 Use truncation! Educat* finds  Educate  Education  Educating  Educator  Etc…
  • 11. 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”
  • 12. Keywords are critical! Sample topic:  What are some ways elementary teachers can assess whether a certain technology solution is effective? First, break the question down into keywords:  What are some ways elementary teachers can assess whether a certain technology solution is effective?
  • 13. More on keywords… Expand your list to include synonyms then add to it once you have done some background reading. What are some ways elementary teachers can assess whether a certain technology solution is effective?teach* assess* technolog*learn evaluat* comput*strateg* test* [software name]method gaugeinstruct*
  • 14. Putting it all together… What are some ways elementary teachers can assess whether a certain technology solution is effective? teach* assess* technolog* instruct* evaluate* comput* method* test* [software name] learn* teach* OR instruct* OR method* OR learn* AND assess* OR evaluate* OR test* AND technolog* OR comput* OR kidspiration
  • 15. Evaluate what you find Goto 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
  • 16. Check for CRAPCurrencyReliabilityAuthorityPurpose/Point of View
  • 17. 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 HeardLibrary
  • 18. 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 HeardLibrary
  • 19. 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 HeardLibrary
  • 20. 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 HeardLibrary
  • 21. Begin your own research Fill out this worksheet  http://bit.ly/TSEM102mcarthurWS112 Next class:  “Read” and prepare for discussion  Use your keywords to find books/articles
  • 22. 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