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TSEM Research Spring 2012 TSEM Research Spring 2012 Presentation Transcript

  • TSEM: Research Process and Searching LAKSAMEE PUTNAM LPUTNAM@TOWSON.EDU RESEARCH & INSTRUCTION LIBRARIAN
  • Agenda How to start a search Evaluate resources Search tips and tricks Finding Books: Cook Library Catalogs Finding Articles: Databases Hands on database practice
  • How can I help you? In class session to learn how to use resources Phone help 410.704.3359. Email: lputnam@towson.edu Chat help  Go to Library website and click “Ask a Librarian” One-on-one appointments Help at the reference desk
  • Web “Pre-Searching” Why not start your search on Google?  The Invisible Web  http://goshen.libguides.com/beyond_googling  Can you trust this information?  TED video:  Online filter bubble – Eli Pariser  http://www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_online_filter_bub bles.html
  • Web “Pre-Searching” Why start your search on Google?  Find background information  Help solidify research topic  Find new terminology to use as keywords  Find links and/or citations to other sources
  • 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 Reliability Authority Purpose/Point of View
  • Check for CRAP  Currency  How recent is the information?  Can you locate a date when the resource was written/created/updated?  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
  • 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
  • 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 reputableGuidelines 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 persuadeGuidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library
  • Formulating a Keyword Search1. Choose a Topic
  • Formulating a Keyword Search1. Choose a Topic  Zero in mathematics
  • Formulating a Keyword Search2. Narrow/Broaden your search
  • Formulating a Keyword Search2. Narrow/Broaden your search  The role of zero in the development of mathematics
  • Formulating a Keyword Search3. Identify the key concepts
  • Formulating a Keyword Search3. Identify the key concepts  Zero  Mathematics  Development
  • Formulating a Keyword Search4. Consider synonyms/alternative spellings for terms  Zero  Mathematics  Development
  • Formulating a Keyword Search4. Consider synonyms/alternative spellings for terms  Zero  Mathematics  Math  Mathematical  Numerical  Algebra  Trigonometry  Development  History  Analysis  Role
  • Formulating a Keyword Search5. Formulate your search utilizing various combinations of your words  String them together using AND/OR/NOT  Truncate *
  • Good searching starts with good keywords Boolean “search connectors” AND OR NOTFor example:zero AND mathematics • Combining >1 topicDevelopment OR history • Combining synonymous terms
  • Search Tip #1 Use AND when you need to combine more than one topic zero mathematics Zero AND mathematics
  • Search Tip #2 Use OR to combine synonymous terms (to get results regardless of what term an author uses). development history
  • Search Tip #3 Use truncation! mathem* finds  mathematic  mathematical  mathematics  Etc…
  • Search Tip #4 Phrase Searching…  Use quotations to keep a keyword phrase intact (words will be searched in the specific order)  Examples:  “golden ratio”  “Pythagorean theorem”
  • Putting it all together… The role of zero in the development of mathematics zero development mathem* Nothing history numerical “0” analysis algebra zero OR nothing OR “0” AND development OR history OR analysis AND mathem* OR numerical OR algebra
  • Find a Book http://cooklibrary.towson.edu Towson Books  Find the Collection and Call number USMAI Books  Request it with the yellow button Interlibrary Loan  For books not in Maryland and for articles we do not have
  • Find an Article Looking for specific research about your topic The library subscribes to thousands of journals (but not all of them) Databases help you search through multiple journals Use subject specific databases to help narrow your article search
  • Find an Article Go to the Math Subject Gateway Recommended databases-  Academic Search Premier  ScienceDirect  Web of Science
  • Let’s start searching! Form keywords Then begin researching your own topic As you are finding information on your topic please fill in this digital spreadsheet  http://bit.ly/VisualMath
  • 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