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English 1102               Critically evaluate information using applicable                criteria               Approp...
What to do before you search…   Brainstorm ideas for a topic     Talk with friends     Browse indexes, table of content...
Identify search terms    Concept 1                      Concept 2                     Concept 3Main idea                  ...
Boolean Operators                    AND is automatically   AND = narrow    used by Google and                    other s...
Know where to look   Books   Articles   Online Resources
Books   comprehensive information   often a historical perspective   find book titles in the CSU Catalog
CSU Catalog
Basic search
Articles   contemporary or new information   narrowly focused perspective   find articles in a database     citation  ...
Find Articles
Academic Search Complete
Basic Search               Select Advanced Search
different ideas connected with AND    Search Strategy = “binge drinking” AND college AND impact
similar ideas connected with ORSearch Strategy = (“binge drinking” OR “alcohol abuse”) AND(college OR university) AND impa...
Results List           Use suggested subject           terms for brainstorming
Article Access Level
Detailed Record
Online Resources   today’s information   broad, variety perspective   may be unstable   find resources from reliable o...
Know Your Domains Extension   Type .edu        Educational institution .org        Non-profit service organizations .gov  ...
Evaluating Information   Critically evaluate information using    applicable criteria
Evaluating Information   Authority   Currency   Content     Audience     Purpose/Scope     Objectivity/Bias     Acc...
Evaluate: Authority   Determine the need for an expert or popular    perspective   Who is the author?   What are the au...
Evaluate: Currency   Determine the need for a contemporary or    historical perspective for your topic   When was the wo...
Evaluate: Content   Determine the information need   Who is the intended audience?   What is the purpose? Scope?   Exa...
Authority                CurrencyContent      Content                   Authority
Authority       Currency            Content
Authority           Content                                 Authority                 ContentCurrency
AuthorityContent                                 Currency                       Content Content                         Au...
Final Review1.   Know your assignment2.   Clarify your topic3.   Be flexible in your search4.   Critically evaluate your r...
Next steps   Appropriately use information to fulfill the    identified need       Go to: http://clayton.libguides.com/E...
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  1. 1. English 1102  Critically evaluate information using applicable criteria  Appropriately use information to fulfill the identified needEnglish 1102 is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.
  2. 2. What to do before you search… Brainstorm ideas for a topic  Talk with friends  Browse indexes, table of contents Define your topic  Understand your assignment Helpful Hint  Narrow vs. broad Brainstorm Identify main topic Define  Identify related concepts/ideas/subtopics Identify  List synonyms for each category Develop Develop your research strategy  Connect concepts & synonyms
  3. 3. Identify search terms Concept 1 Concept 2 Concept 3Main idea Related idea Subtopic OR OR OR AND ANDSynonym Synonym Synonym OR OR ORSynonym Synonym Synonym • Use “ “ or ( ) to keep words together & in order • Connect different concepts with AND • Connect similar concepts with OR
  4. 4. Boolean Operators AND is automatically AND = narrow used by Google and other search engines to combine terms OR = expand Sometimes a program will use a + or – to substitute for NOT = exclude AND or NOT
  5. 5. Know where to look Books Articles Online Resources
  6. 6. Books comprehensive information often a historical perspective find book titles in the CSU Catalog
  7. 7. CSU Catalog
  8. 8. Basic search
  9. 9. Articles contemporary or new information narrowly focused perspective find articles in a database  citation  full-text
  10. 10. Find Articles
  11. 11. Academic Search Complete
  12. 12. Basic Search Select Advanced Search
  13. 13. different ideas connected with AND Search Strategy = “binge drinking” AND college AND impact
  14. 14. similar ideas connected with ORSearch Strategy = (“binge drinking” OR “alcohol abuse”) AND(college OR university) AND impact*Use “ “ or ( ) to keep words together & in order
  15. 15. Results List Use suggested subject terms for brainstorming
  16. 16. Article Access Level
  17. 17. Detailed Record
  18. 18. Online Resources today’s information broad, variety perspective may be unstable find resources from reliable online sources
  19. 19. Know Your Domains Extension Type .edu Educational institution .org Non-profit service organizations .gov Government agency .mil Military entities .biz Businesses .com Commercial organization .net Internet service providers
  20. 20. Evaluating Information Critically evaluate information using applicable criteria
  21. 21. Evaluating Information Authority Currency Content  Audience  Purpose/Scope  Objectivity/Bias  Accuracy  Quality
  22. 22. Evaluate: Authority Determine the need for an expert or popular perspective Who is the author? What are the author’s credentials? What affiliations does the author have? Is contact information provided? Who published the work? Who sponsored the work?
  23. 23. Evaluate: Currency Determine the need for a contemporary or historical perspective for your topic When was the work published? Are there multiple editions? Examine the currency of the references
  24. 24. Evaluate: Content Determine the information need Who is the intended audience? What is the purpose? Scope? Examine objectivity, accuracy Is the information verifiable? Evaluate overall quality Evaluate overall usefulness, appropriateness
  25. 25. Authority CurrencyContent Content Authority
  26. 26. Authority Currency Content
  27. 27. Authority Content Authority ContentCurrency
  28. 28. AuthorityContent Currency Content Content Authority
  29. 29. Final Review1. Know your assignment2. Clarify your topic3. Be flexible in your search4. Critically evaluate your resources
  30. 30. Next steps Appropriately use information to fulfill the identified need  Go to: http://clayton.libguides.com/ENGL1102 for tips on citing sources and avoiding plagiarism
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