Writing 4 –Using Cook Library to find information LAKSAMEE PUTNAM LPUTNAM@TOWSON.EDURESEARCH & INSTRUCTION LIBRARIAN
First… Laksamee Putnam firstname.lastname@example.org Cook Library Reference: 410.704.2462. IM/email Phone: 410.704.3746. Twitter: @CookLibraryofTU Albert S. Cook facebook profile!
Take away… The Research Process Using Keywords Introduction to the library website Environmental Subject Gateway Finding Books – Library Catalog Finding Articles – Library Databases
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 not start your search online? The Invisible Web http://goshen.libguides.com/beyond_googling Can you trust this information?
Web “Pre-Searching” TEDVideo 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
Keywords are critical! Sample topic: How do we recycle electronic waste? First, break the question down into keywords: How do we recycle electronic waste?
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
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
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
Using your keywords Use AND when you need to combine more than one topic recycle plastic recycle AND plastic
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
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
The library website http://cooklibrary.towson.edu/home.cfm
The library website Find a subject gateway Search for Books Search for Articles Ask a Librarian
Environmental subject gateway
Environmental subject gateway A central list Suggested books Suggested websites Suggested databases
Finding a Book Search the library catalog Use your keywords Find books at Towson Collection Call Number
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
Questions? Feel free to contact me: Laksamee Putnam email@example.com 410.704.3746. Twitter: @CookLibraryofTU Or any reference librarian: Visit Cook Library Reference Desk 410.704.2462. IM – tucookchat