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  • 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. 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. 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. 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. Know where to look Books Articles Online Resources
  • 6. Books comprehensive information often a historical perspective find book titles in the CSU Catalog
  • 7. CSU Catalog
  • 8. Basic search
  • 9. Articles contemporary or new information narrowly focused perspective find articles in a database  citation  full-text
  • 10. Find Articles
  • 11. Academic Search Complete
  • 12. Basic Search Select Advanced Search
  • 13. different ideas connected with AND Search Strategy = “binge drinking” AND college AND impact
  • 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. Results List Use suggested subject terms for brainstorming
  • 16. Article Access Level
  • 17. Detailed Record
  • 18. Online Resources today’s information broad, variety perspective may be unstable find resources from reliable online sources
  • 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. Evaluating Information Critically evaluate information using applicable criteria
  • 21. Evaluating Information Authority Currency Content  Audience  Purpose/Scope  Objectivity/Bias  Accuracy  Quality
  • 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. 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. 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. Authority CurrencyContent Content Authority
  • 26. Authority Currency Content
  • 27. Authority Content Authority ContentCurrency
  • 28. AuthorityContent Currency Content Content Authority
  • 29. Final Review1. Know your assignment2. Clarify your topic3. Be flexible in your search4. Critically evaluate your resources
  • 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