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  • Aka it’s a good starting pointYou can read the wikipedia article… just don’t cite it
  • TSEM Spring 2012 - Wood

    1. 1. TSEM 102: Current Issues in Education:Living and Learning in a Digital Society LAKSAMEE PUTNAM LPUTNAM@TOWSON.EDU RESEARCH & INSTRUCTION LIBRARIAN
    2. 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!
    3. 3. Agenda Research Process Overview General search strategy Brainstorming keywords Evaluating information
    4. 4. 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
    5. 5. research skills ≠ needle in the haystack
    6. 6. Web “Pre-Searching” Why or why not start your search online?  Respond here: http://bit.ly/1TSEM
    7. 7. Web “Pre-Searching” Why not start your search online?  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
    8. 8. 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
    9. 9. Identify Subject Gateways for your topic…
    10. 10. Cook Library’sSubject Gateways
    11. 11. … and other familiar tools to identify websites with academic content. Source: www.google.com. Source: www.wikipedia.org.
    12. 12. Try new features to help build your keyword listand search strategy. Keep this in mind! Any topic might include various facets that you might want to explore and consider as you clarify your topic at the beginning of the research process.
    13. 13. 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?
    14. 14. 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*
    15. 15. Search Terms and Keyword Reminders Keywords come from the search question Use Boolean “search connectors” to combine keywords in ways that capture the results you need
    16. 16. Good searching starts with good keywords Boolean “search connectors” AND OR NOTFor example:internet AND children • Combining >1 topicinstruct OR teach • Combining synonymous terms
    17. 17. Search Tip #1 Use AND when you need to combine more than one topic innovation education Innovation AND education
    18. 18. Search Tip #2 Use OR to combine synonymous terms (to get results regardless of what term an author uses). instruct teach
    19. 19. Search Tip #3 Use truncation! Educat* finds  Educate  Education  Educating  Educator  Etc…
    20. 20. Search Tip #4 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”
    21. 21. 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
    22. 22. 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
    23. 23. Check for CRAP Currency Reliability Authority Purpose/Point of View
    24. 24. 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
    25. 25. 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
    26. 26. 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
    27. 27. 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
    28. 28. Fill out the worksheet Worksheet 1  Go here: http://bit.ly/2TSEM  Fill out the worksheet  Be ready to fill in more of the worksheet after the next library session!
    29. 29. 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

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