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  • Aka it’s a good starting pointYou can read the wikipedia article… just don’t cite it

TSEM Spring 2014 Fath Class1 Presentation Transcript

  • 1. TSEM 102 Laksamee Putnam lputnam@towson.edu Research & Instruction Librarian Slides: http://bit.ly/spring2014fathslides
  • 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/spring2014fathslides
  • 3. A quick plug…  Library workshops  Listed on the library blog  Chicago Manual Style  Image from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrsdkrebs/6812988187/ Wednesday, April 9th 4:00-5:30 – Cook Library 317
  • 4. Agenda  Pre-class reading 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?  New York Times (2013) If a Story Is Viral, Truth May Be Taking a Beating http://nyti.ms/1d7MUUB 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  How do you evaluate the information you find while researching? Why is it important to support your argument with valid sources?
  • 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 Food and athletes  Advanced searching  Duck Google Sustainability and vegan diet  Cook Library’s Guide to the Web Duck Go Check out the TSEM Course Gateway
  • 8. Keywords are critical!  Sample  topic: How have processed foods negatively altered the health of Americans?  First, break the question down into key concepts:  How have processed foods negatively altered the health of Americans?
  • 9. More on keywords…  Expand your list to include synonyms then add to it once you have done some background reading.  How have processed foods negatively altered the health of Americans? processed foods convenience food junk food food preservation health fitness BMI energy Americans United States North America children
  • 10. Create keywords  Enter your research topic on your worksheet  Pass it to a group member  Group member fills in keywords/synonyms  What helped you find synonyms?
  • 11. Search Tip #1 Boolean “search connectors” AND OR NOT internet AND children  Combining >1 topic instruct OR teach  Combining synonymous terms Which is better?
  • 12. Search Tip #2  Use truncation!  Educat* finds  Educate Education Educating Educator  Etc…   
  • 13. 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”
  • 14. Putting it all together…  How have processed foods negatively altered the health of Americans? processed foods convenience food junk food food preservation health fitness BMI obesity Americans United States North America children Processed food OR junk food AND Health OR obesity OR “body mass index” AND United States OR USA OR North America
  • 15. Create a search strategy  Using the keywords on your worksheet and the search tips mentioned here create a search strategy
  • 16. 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
  • 17. Check for CRAP Currency Reliability Authority Purpose/Point of View
  • 18. 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 Heard Library
  • 19. 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 Heard Library
  • 20. Check for CRAP  Authority     Can you determine who the author/creator is? What are their credentials (education, affiliation, e xperience, 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
  • 21. 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, e ntertain or persuade http://www.flickr.com/photos/cogdog/5484085301/sizes /m/in/photostream/ Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library
  • 22. Group work: Fill out this spreadsheet  http://bit.ly/tsemspring2014fathws  Enter your names and choose a research topic for the group  Find a reliable website  Find a “bad” website
  • 23. Thanks for listening!  Complete  Next   the paper worksheet! class: Watch 2 more video and prepare for discussion Use your keywords to find books/articles
  • 24. 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