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This is a presentation that I use in many of my face-to-face library instructions and will use this one for my online students via Slideshare's Zipcast feature.

This is a presentation that I use in many of my face-to-face library instructions and will use this one for my online students via Slideshare's Zipcast feature.


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    • 1. Research Tips
      … with Chad Mairn, Librarian
    • 2. Need Help??
      www.askalibrarian.org
    • 3. Before you begin, ask yourself:
      What is my assignment? What questions do I need to answer?
      What kind and how much information do I need?
      What do I already know? What do I want to know?
      How can I apply what I already know to what I am learning now?
    • 4. Topic: Health Care Reform
      Thesis: Health care reform will make health care less expensive, extend coverage, and consequently help stabilize the economy.
    • 5. Search and you will find …
      Search within our library website for books, articles, e-books and more!
    • 6.
    • 7. As you search for resources, ask:
      Do the sources I am finding support my research question?
      How can I best share my conclusions with others?
      Have I completely answered my research question?
    • 8. Research Tip …
      can cite sources! Just copy/paste the book’s ISBN into the search box.
      You can export to RefWorks or you can simply copy/paste the citation.
    • 9. Scholarly Journal
      General Magazine
    • 10. General Databases
      Use Advanced Search Feature
      Refine your topic using suggested subject headings
      Limit to full text
      Exclude book reviews
      Read the abstract to decide whether the article is appropriate for your topic
      Select the type of source: peer-reviewed, newspaper, magazine
      Export the Citation Information
      Contain information on many topics
      Tips
    • 11. Specialized Databases
      Use keyword searching or take advantage of topic lists
      Refine the topic using suggested subject headings
      Use tabs or side bars to locate the type of information needed on the topic
      Use citation links to copy or export citation information
      Contain information on a single topic
      Tips
    • 12. Finding Information on the WWW
      Watch Google Instant.
      Use Advanced Search Feature
      Remember anyone can create a website.
      Can you clearly determine who has written the article?
      Do they have subject expertise?
      Is the website relevant to your research?
      Is it comprehensive? Up-to date? Biased?
      Can the information be verified?
      Utilize Search Engine Features
      Tips
      Don’t settle for a general Google Search!
      • Use the advanced search feature to limit to edu or org sites
      • 13. Use Google Scholar to access peer reviewed sources
      • 14. Use Google Books for excerpts from published works
    • Other Things to Consider:
      Critically evaluate what you read and judge it accordingly.
      Ask yourself what is missing from an article.
      Cite your sources! Take good notes and remember to document where and when you found the information.
      Read SPC’s Academic Honesty Policy at http://www.spcollege.edu/webcentral/admit/honesty.htm.
    • 15. Citing Sources
      http://mlahandbook.org
      Sign on with this information:   
      spc.mla.help@gmail.com
      Password:  mlahelp
      Citation Management Tools
      Online Access to MLA Manual
      http://spcollege.libguides.com/refworks
    • 16. Other citation tools …
      www.worldcat.orgwww.citationmachine.net
      www.zotero.net
      www.easybib.com/ 
      www.noodletools.com/
      www.bibme.org/ 
    • 17. Need Help??
      www.askalibrarian.org
    • 18.
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