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  • Queue: New Spice video, ASU keyword/synonym video, ASU v. Google video, LUCI quiz, library experience survey, Works Cited document, Questions During Free Search document Welcome & Intro self. Fill out index card. Have piece of paper. Survey of library experience. ENGL 120 quiz last 5 minutes.
  • You’ll learn how to do research to find quality resources & you’ll learn how to cite them in your paper.Created a Research Guide just for you—don’t worry about trying to remember everything from today. It will be on your Research Guide. I’ll show you how to find it in a minute, but first, let’s start with a video that tells you what the library can do for you.
  • Research is a process—some of the words you think of won’t be good keywords to search by. Add to and cross off from your list as you conduct your research. Research is a trial and error process.
  • LUCI:  Why use reference books?  Good for background/overview (usually don't use as 1 of your sources).  Books good for in-depth coverage--not for breaking news.  Articles good for specific aspect of your topic, latest research study, or current events.
  • Mention Boolean OR: revolution OR uprising
  • Subjects: What do you call someone over the age of 65? Elderly, senior citizen, aged, geriatric (language of the experts)Mention Wikipedia
  • Pew Research Study: One top skill that employers said they want employees to know: ability to evaluate information for accuracy and qualityMY DEMO Search. Point out 1) ways to refine results, 2) full text, 3) email, 4) citeStudent Search Time: Answer questions on Word doc.Students Search: Answer Questions on Word doc.Ask for Yellow Questions:If I do a search of Grossmont’s databases, what shows up in the results? Articles—magazine, newspaper, trade journals, scholarly journals.Ebooks and eReference books. Full Text & citations (can request full text)2) What if I try a search in the databases but I don't get any results? Library may not have resources on that topic, but more likely, you need to change your keywords. I used to be special ed teacher—mental retardation. But that term isn’t used anymore, it’s developmentally delayed. You need to use the language that is being used in the books and articles on your topic. Think like the author.
  • Pink   Moving on to Searching Catalog for Books  LUCI:  Books for in-depth coverage of topic.  There are less books than articles--use search words that are more broadAsk for Pink questions:1)   How are the books arranged on the shelves?     Grouped so that books on similar subjects are together on the shelves.  LoC.  Write down Call Number and match it to the label on the spines of books.2)  When I need to borrow, how many items can I check out and for how long?     up to ten for 2 weeks; renew once if no one else has put a hold on it.  SDSU--1 month.

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  • 1. What can the library do for you?Roxane BenVau,Instruction LibrarianGrossmont College
  • 2. What we’ll cover today… Part I: What does the Library have? Part II: PreSearch: Generating Effective keywords Part III: Use your Keywords to find Books, Articles and Websites. Learn how to cite them.
  • 3. What does the Library Have? New Spice, Study Like a Scholar video
  • 4. Grossmont Library: What You See is NOT What You Get You Get. . . MORE!! Books, DVDs in Access to SDSU, Grossmont Library Cuyamaca, & other libraries: Books & Articles Credo Reference & GVRL Reserves: eReference Textbooks, me Books online— dia, articles 24/7 Read full-text articles in online Read 28,000 Databases—24/7 e-BooksResearch Help : in online—24/7person at Ref Desk &online at AskUsNow!
  • 5. Part II: Pre-SearchDevelop a search strategy & effective search keywords  Step 1: Write your topic in the form of a question or statement, circle your main concepts, and make a list of keywords you can use in searches  Watch the Generating Keywords for Online Searching video
  • 6. On Your Paper… Step 1: Write your topic in the form of a question or statement, circle your main concepts, and make a list of keywords you can use in searches.
  • 7. Step 2: While researching, addto your list of keywords Add to your list of search terms by looking in reference books for an overview of your topic. Also find additional keywords, main concepts, and synonyms in other books & articles.  Credo & Gale Virtual Reference Library databases contain online reference books
  • 8. Step 3:Know how databases operate Learn some basic search techniques Library Databases search differently than Google: ASU video  Connectors AND, OR, NOT  Activity to reinforce understanding of AND  Truncation * (retrieve all forms of the word)  “phrase searching”3 Golden Rules of Searching…
  • 9. Golden Rule #1: Generate EffectiveSearch Terms for Topic Break Topic into Keywords Think like the author Think of Synonyms/Alternative keywords Use one or two unique keywords in a search, three keywords max What effect did Facebook have on the outcome of the revolution in Egypt?
  • 10. Golden Rule #2: Use Connector ANDbetween main concepts* Keyword(s) AND Keyword(s) egyptian revolution egypt* AND revolution egypt* AND revolution AND facebook Note: Some databases now assume the AND, like Google does
  • 11. Golden Rule #3: Use One GoodSource to Find More Locate a relevant book or article, and then look for: Subjects/Descriptors Keywords in the Abstract Additional books/articles in the Bibliography
  • 12. Part III: Find Articles Research Guide has recommended databases  Find your Research Guide Evaluate, Evaluate, Evaluate source authority & relevance: Is article relevant to your topic? Who is the author? How current is the info? Is it a scholarly or popular article?
  • 13. As you search:Questions to Answer How do you read the full text? How do you email the article to yourself? Does the database provide citations? How do you find them?
  • 14. Find Books and eBooks Books for in-depth, overview of topic vs. Articles for specific aspects of a topic, latest research studies, current events. Evaluate source authority & relevance: Is book relevant to your topic? Who is the author? How current is the info? There are fewer books than articles—use broader search terms
  • 15. As You Search:Questions to Answer Ifyou want to go get a book from the shelf, what information do you need to write down? How do you read an eBook? How can you email information about a book to yourself? How do you request books from SDSU, Cuyamaca or other libraries?
  • 16. Search for Websites Evaluating source authority & relevance becomes critical for websites  Look at domain: .gov, .edu, .com, .org  Who is author? Is information accurate? Biased? Current? SeeResearch Guide: Google Advanced Search and Google Scholar (also, see list of Hoax Websites!)
  • 17. Don’t Let This Happen to You…Plagiarism! You must cite your sourceGive credit where when you…credit is due— ~quoteUse information someoneethically: Cite YourSources ~paraphrase ~whenever you use someone else’s ideas Permission to use granted by Speed Bump cartoonist, Dave Coverly Grossmont College takes academic honesty very seriously
  • 18. How to Create Citations Library Databases provide ready-made citations for eBooks and articles(must re- format after pasting) Library Catalog doesn’t provide citations  Grossmont Library Citation Help page  NoodleBib Express—free citation generator
  • 19. Where to Get Research Help Reference Desk: all hours the library is open AskUsNow! Service: 24/7 Research Guide: Library>Library Instruction>Help With Research>Research Guides Thank you for coming! Roxane BenVau, Instruction Librarian