Upward Bound:
Learning how to
research
Laksamee Putnam
lputnam@towson.edu
Research & Instruction Librarian
Slides: http://...
First…
 Laksamee Putnam
 lputnam@towson.edu
 Cook Library Reference:
 410.704.2462.
 IM/email
 Phone: 410.704.3746.
...
Agenda
 Pre-class reading Discussion
 Background reading/Internet searching
 Keywords
 Evaluating Resources
Wikipedia Woes and Google Gaffs
 What are the pros and
cons of so much
information being online?
 What do you do to be
s...
Web “Pre-Searching”
 Why start your search online?
 Find background information
 Help solidify research topic
 Find ne...
Improve Google
Cryogenic and organ
 Advanced Google
searching
 Duck Duck Go
Pop culture and society
 Cook Library’s Gui...
Keywords are critical!
 Sample topic:
 What are the challenges of cryogenics?
 First, break the question down into key
...
More on keywords…
 Expand your list to include synonyms then add to it
once you have done some background reading.
 What...
Create keywords
 Enter your research topic on your worksheet
 Fill in keywords/synonyms
 What helped you find synonyms?
Search Tip #1
Boolean “search connectors”
AND OR NOT
internet AND children
 Combining >1 topic
instruct OR teach
 Combin...
Search Tip #2
 Use truncation!
 Educat* finds
 Educate
 Education
 Educating
 Educator
 Etc…
Search Tip #3
 Phrase Searching…
 Use quotations to keep a keyword phrase intact
(words will be searched in the specific...
Putting it all together…
 What are the challenges of cryogenics?
(organs OR embryo) AND cryogenics
(ethics OR religion) A...
Create a search strategy
 Using the keywords on your worksheet and
the search tips mentioned here create a
search strategy
Evaluate what you find
 Go to one of the websites below and analyze
it
 http://bit.ly/cosmicweb3
 http://bit.ly/cosmicw...
Currency
Reliability
Authority
Purpose/Point of View
Check for CRAP
Check for CRAP
 Currency
 How recent is the
information?
 Can you locate a date
when the resource was
written/created/u...
Check for CRAP
 Reliability
 What kind of
information is included
in the resource?
 Does the author
provide citations &...
Check for CRAP
 Authority
 Can you determine who
the author/creator is?
 What are their credentials
(education, affilia...
Check for CRAP
 Purpose/Point of View
 Is the content primarily
opinion?
 Is the information
balanced or biased?
 What...
Group work
 Complete Part 2 of your worksheet
 Work together!
 Find a reliable website
 Find a “bad” website
Thanks for listening!
 Complete the paper worksheet!
 Next class:
 Watch 2 videos and prepare for discussion
 Use your...
Questions?
 Feel free to contact me:
 Laksamee Putnam
 lputnam@towson.edu
 410.704.3746.
 Twitter: @CookLibraryofTU
...
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  • Aka it’s a good starting point

    You can read the wikipedia article… just don’t cite it
  • Upward Bound Summer 2014 C1

    1. 1. Upward Bound: Learning how to research Laksamee Putnam lputnam@towson.edu Research & Instruction Librarian Slides: http://bit.ly/upb2014c1
    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/upb2014c1
    3. 3. Agenda  Pre-class reading Discussion  Background reading/Internet searching  Keywords  Evaluating Resources
    4. 4. 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?  How do you evaluate the information you find while researching?  Why is it important to support your argument with valid sources? 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
    5. 5. 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
    6. 6. Improve Google Cryogenic and organ  Advanced Google searching  Duck Duck Go Pop culture and society  Cook Library’s Guide to the Web Check out the Subject Gateways
    7. 7. Keywords are critical!  Sample topic:  What are the challenges of cryogenics?  First, break the question down into key concepts:  What are the challenges of cryogenics?
    8. 8. More on keywords…  Expand your list to include synonyms then add to it once you have done some background reading.  What are the challenges of cryogenics? challenges cryogenics other stuff… organs ethics technology cryonics cryosurgery cryobiology NASA United States Alcor
    9. 9. Create keywords  Enter your research topic on your worksheet  Fill in keywords/synonyms  What helped you find synonyms?
    10. 10. Search Tip #1 Boolean “search connectors” AND OR NOT internet AND children  Combining >1 topic instruct OR teach  Combining synonymous terms Which is better?
    11. 11. Search Tip #2  Use truncation!  Educat* finds  Educate  Education  Educating  Educator  Etc…
    12. 12. 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”
    13. 13. Putting it all together…  What are the challenges of cryogenics? (organs OR embryo) AND cryogenics (ethics OR religion) AND “life preservation” (technology OR MRI) AND cryo* challenges cryogenics other stuff… organs ethics technology cryonics cryosurgery cryobiology NASA United States Alcor
    14. 14. Create a search strategy  Using the keywords on your worksheet and the search tips mentioned here create a search strategy
    15. 15. 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
    16. 16. Currency Reliability Authority Purpose/Point of View Check for CRAP
    17. 17. 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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/helloeveryone123/3937374193/s izes/m/in/photostream/
    18. 18. 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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/schnappi/5930145952/sizes/l/in/photostream/
    19. 19. 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 reputable Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library http://rantchick.com/a-doctrine-on-respect/
    20. 20. 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 persuade Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library http://www.flickr.com/photos/cogdog/5484085301/sizes/m/in/ photostream/
    21. 21. Group work  Complete Part 2 of your worksheet  Work together!  Find a reliable website  Find a “bad” website
    22. 22. Thanks for listening!  Complete the paper worksheet!  Next class:  Watch 2 videos and prepare for discussion  Use your keywords to find books/articles
    23. 23. 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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