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  • 1. ISTC 201 Laksamee Putnam lputnam@towson.edu Research & Instruction Librarian Slides: http://slidesha.re/1fIhVmL
  • 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://slidesha.re/1fIhVmL
  • 3. A quick plug…  Get Writing Help at Cook!  Appointments: Monday – Thursday 6-9; Sunday 3-9  Walk-ins: Monday – Thursday 7-8; Sunday 5:30-6:30 Image from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrsdkrebs/6812988187/
  • 4. Agenda  Video Discussion  Background reading/Internet searching  Keywords  Evaluating Resources
  • 5. 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 credible resources?  How do you evaluate the information you find while researching?  Why is it important to support your argument with valid sources? Google Analytics (2012) Google analytics in real life – Site search. http://youtu.be/cbtf1oyNg-8 DuckDuckGo (2012). There are no “regular results” on Google anymore. http://vimeo.com/duckduckgo/bubble
  • 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. Through out the lesson: Fill out this spreadsheet  http://bit.ly/1946u1w  Enter your name and research topic
  • 8. Improve Google internet and bully  Advanced Google searching  Duck Duck Go body image and girls  Cook Library’s Guide to the Web
  • 9. Find some websites!  Enter your websites into the online worksheet
  • 10. Keywords are critical!  Sample topic:  Which age is childhood obesity in the United States the highest?  First, break the question down into concepts:  Which age is childhood obesity in the United States the highest?
  • 11. More on keywords…  Expand your list to include synonyms then add to it once you have done some background reading.  Which age is childhood obesity in the United States the highest? childhood obesity United States adolescent over weight USA child* obese North America young BMI
  • 12. Search Tip #1 Boolean “search connectors” AND OR NOT For example: internet AND children Combining >1 topic instruct OR teach Combining synonymous terms
  • 13. Search Tip #2  Use truncation!  Educat* finds  Educate  Education  Educating  Educator  Etc…
  • 14. 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”
  • 15. Putting it all together…  Which age is childhood obesity in the United States the highest? childhood child* adolescent young obesity over weight BMI United States USA North America child* OR adolescent OR young AND obesity OR overweight OR BMI AND United States OR USA OR North America
  • 16. Create keywords  Enter your keywords into the online worksheet
  • 17. Evaluate what you find  Go to one of the websites below and analyze it  http://bit.ly/cosmicweb3  http://bit.ly/cosmicweb4  http://bit.ly/cosmicweb5  http://bit.ly/cosmicweb6  http://bit.ly/cosmicweb7
  • 18. Currency Reliability Authority Purpose/Point of View Check for CRAP
  • 19. 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? Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library http://www.flickr.com/photos/helloeveryone123/393737 4193/sizes/m/in/photostream/
  • 20. 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? Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library http://www.flickr.com/photos/schnappi/5930145952/sizes/l/in/photostrea m/
  • 21. 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 Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library http://rantchick.com/a-doctrine-on-respect/
  • 22. 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 Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library http://www.flickr.com/photos/cogdog/5484085301/sizes /m/in/photostream/
  • 23. Analyze your Website  Enter your CRAP analysis on the online worksheet  You need 3 scholarly web resources for your paper. Take this time to try to find at least one website you can use!
  • 24. Thanks for listening!  Next class:  Watch 2 more video and prepare for discussion  Use your keywords to find books/articles
  • 25. 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