TSEM Spring 2014 Storrs Class 2

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  • Aka it’s a good starting pointYou can read the wikipedia article… just don’t cite it
  • TSEM Spring 2014 Storrs Class 2

    1. 1. TSEM 102 Laksamee Putnam lputnam@towson.edu Research & Instruction Librarian Slides: http://bit.ly/storrs2014slidesc2
    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! Slides: http://bit.ly/storrs2014slidesc2
    3. 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. 4. Agenda  Pre-class reading Discussion  Background reading/Internet searching  Keywords  Evaluating Resources
    5. 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. 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. 7. Improve Google Planet formation and Jupiter  Advanced searching  Duck Google Duck Go Olber’s Paradox and Edgar Allen Poe  Cook Library’s Guide to the Web
    8. 8. Keywords are critical!  Sample  topic: Does intelligent design serve a political role in the classroom?  First, break the question down into key concepts:  Does intelligent design serve a political role in the classroom?
    9. 9. More on keywords…  Expand your list to include synonyms then add to it once you have done some background reading.  Does intelligent design serve a political role in the classroom? Intelligent design creationism Panda’s thumb Discovery Institute political Board of Education controversy philosophy classroom education K-12 curriculum
    10. 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. 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. 12. Search Tip #2  Use truncation!  Educat* finds  Educate Education Educating Educator  Etc…   
    13. 13. Search Tip #3  Phrase Searching…  Use quotations to keep a keyword phrase intact (words will be searched in the specific order)  Examples:  “Drake Equation”  “protoplanetary disks”
    14. 14. Putting it all together…  Does intelligent design serve a political role in the classroom? Intelligent design creationism Panda’s thumb Discovery Institute political Board of Education controversy philosophy classroom education K-12 curriculum “Intelligent design” OR creation* AND Politic* OR controversy OR “board of education” AND Classroom OR education OR curriculum
    15. 15. Create a search strategy  Using the keywords on your worksheet and the search tips mentioned here create a search strategy
    16. 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. 17. Check for CRAP Currency Reliability Authority Purpose/Point of View
    18. 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. 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. 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. 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. 22. Group work: Fill out this spreadsheet  http://bit.ly/tsemspring2014storrsws  Enter your names and choose a research topic for the group  Find a reliable website  Find a “bad” website
    23. 23. Thanks for listening!  Next   class: Watch 2 more video and prepare for discussion Use your keywords to find books/articles
    24. 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

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