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HIST ON11

  1. 1. February 2010 HIST ON11 Where the Wild Things Are: Online Research & Finding the Good Stuff
  2. 2. <ul><ul><ul><li>Secondary Sources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How to find the ‘good stuff’? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How to be sure they are “scholarly” & appropriate? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Popular / ? / Scholarly
  4. 4. Characteristics of … <ul><li>Popular articles (Magazines) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Often slick and attractive appearance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not cite sources in a bibliography </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Usually very short and written in simple language. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reviewed by the publication’s editors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purpose : entertain the reader, sell products, or promote a viewpoint. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Characteristics of … <ul><li>Substantive News/ General Interest Publications: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Geared to any educated audience. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Published by commercial enterprises </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>or professional organizations. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purpose : provide information to a </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>broad audience of concerned citizens. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Characteristics of … <ul><li>Scholarly articles (Journals) </li></ul><ul><li>a.k.a. academic, peer-reviewed, or refereed journals. </li></ul><ul><li>Abstract </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sober and serious appearance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Written by scholars in the field </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specialized vocabulary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bibliography </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer reviewed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purpose : report on original research </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. But what about the Internet? VS. Distinguish between online library resources and the Internet.
  8. 8. But what about the Internet? <ul><li>Criteria to Consider </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your professor’s instructions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How did you end up on this site? What can the URL tell you? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Author/ authority: What are their credentials? Contact information? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Currency: Is it dated? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is information cited? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What's the bias? Advertising? </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Your mission: <ul><ul><li>In groups of 3-4, analyze the three information sources. Use the handout or other online guides to help you. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Answer the questions: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is this source popular/ scholarly/ somewhere in between ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Could you use it in your history paper? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>**There’s no need to READ the articles** </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Report back in 10-15 minutes . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feel free to ask us for help! </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. To wrap things up: Searching for secondary sources: ie/ Databases > America History and Life Information up on Sakai > “Library Research Help”
  11. 11. Thank you. Contact: Monica Rettig Liaison Librarian [email_address]

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