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
research skills ≠ needle in the haystack
Web “Pre-Searching” Why or why not start your search online? Respond here: http://bit.ly/TSEMonline2
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
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
Identify Subject Gateways for your topic…
Cook Library’sSubject Gateways
… and other familiar tools to identify websites with academic content. Source: www.google.com. Source: www.wikipedia.org.
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.
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?
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*
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
Good searching starts with good keywords Boolean “search connectors” AND OR NOTFor example:internet AND children • Combining >1 topicinstruct OR teach • Combining synonymous terms
Search Tip #1 Use AND when you need to combine more than one topic innovation education Innovation AND education
Search Tip #2 Use OR to combine synonymous terms (to get results regardless of what term an author uses). instruct teach Go here and post a few more! http://bit.ly/TSEMteach2
Search Tip #3 Use truncation! Educat* finds Educate Education Educating Educator Etc…
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”
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
Searching for academic content Articulate your topic by choosing important ideas Brainstorm Ideas Concept Map Terminology/Keywords Dig for the content EVALUATE!
Two worksheets Worksheet 1 Basic library information Hand in at the reference desk before next Thursday Worksheet 2 Come up with key words for you topic Find a good and bad web resource Bring back to class next Thursday
Next Thursday We will go over the answers to worksheet 1 You will show your website examples and share your keywords We will go over how to search the library for books and articles
Questions? Feel free to contact me: Laksamee Putnam firstname.lastname@example.org 410.704.3746. Twitter: @CookLibraryofTU Or any reference librarian: Visit Cook Library Reference Desk 410.704.2462. IM – tucookchat