WRIT 4 - ESOL Fall 2011


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  • WRIT 4 - ESOL Fall 2011

    1. 1. Writing 4 –Using Cook Library to find information LAKSAMEE PUTNAM LPUTNAM@TOWSON.EDURESEARCH & 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. Take away… The Research Process Using Keywords Introduction to the library website Environmental Subject Gateway Finding Books – Library Catalog Finding Articles – Library Databases
    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 not start your search online?  The Invisible Web  http://goshen.libguides.com/beyond_googling  Can you trust this information?
    7. 7. Web “Pre-Searching” TEDVideo  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. Keywords are critical! Sample topic:  How do we recycle electronic waste? First, break the question down into keywords:  How do we recycle electronic waste?
    10. 10. More than one keyword… Expand your list to include synonyms then add to it once you have done some background reading.  How do we recycle electronic waste?recycle electronic wastereuse mechanical garbagerecover computer trashsalvage cell phone
    11. 11. Similar ideas….different words Cell phone
    12. 12. Similar ideas….different words Cell phone Cellphone Cellular telephone Wireless phone Mobile Smartphone
    13. 13. Putting it all together … Keywords come from the search question Use Boolean “search connectors” to combine keywords in ways that capture the results you need
    14. 14. Good searching starts with good keywords Boolean “search connectors” AND OR NOTFor example:recycle AND plastic • Combining >1 topicMSW OR “municipal solid waste” • Combining synonymous terms
    15. 15. Using your keywords Use AND when you need to combine more than one topic recycle plastic recycle AND plastic
    16. 16. Using your keywords Use OR to combine synonymous terms (to get results regardless of what term an author uses). municipal solid waste MSW MSW OR municipal solid waste Go here and post a few words!  http://bit.ly/writ444
    17. 17. Putting it all together… How do we recycle electronic waste? recycle electronic waste instruct* computer garbage method* cellphone trash learn* Recycle OR reuse OR recover OR salvage AND electronic OR computer OR cellphone AND Waste OR garbage OR trash
    18. 18. The library website http://cooklibrary.towson.edu/home.cfm
    19. 19. The library website Find a subject gateway Search for Books Search for Articles Ask a Librarian
    20. 20. Environmental subject gateway
    21. 21. Environmental subject gateway A central list  Suggested books  Suggested websites  Suggested databases
    22. 22. Finding a Book Search the library catalog Use your keywords Find books at Towson  Collection  Call Number
    23. 23. Finding an Article Search a databases (listed in subject gateway)  Academic Search Premier  GreenR Use your keywords Click the pdf full text or the yellow find it button
    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