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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. Questions to ask yourself What do I want to know?  know your assignment How do I find what I need?  types of resources Is what I found right for me?  evaluate
  • 3. Proper Planning Prevents… Brainstorm  Talkwith friends  Browse indexes, table of contents Define  Know your audience  Narrow vs. broad Identify  Main topic plus related concepts/ideas  List synonyms for each
  • 4. Search Strategy Putting it all together  Connect your main topic with related terms  Be flexible with your combination of terms and synonyms
  • 5. Boolean Operators AND = narrow AND is automatically used by Google and other search engines to combine terms OR = expand NOT = exclude
  • 6. Search Terms Concept 1 Concept 2 Concept 3Main idea Subtopic 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
  • 7. Search Term Worksheet Concept 1 Concept 2 Concept 3“binge drinking” college impact OR OR OR AND AND(alcohol abuse) university result OR OR OR“excessive drinking” “higher education”
  • 8. Know where to look Books Articles Online Resources
  • 9. Books comprehensive information often a historical perspective find book titles in the CSU Catalog
  • 10. CSU Catalog
  • 11. Basic searchdifferent ideas connected with AND
  • 12. Advanced search
  • 13. Articles contemporary or new information narrowly focused perspective find articles in a database  citation  full-text
  • 14. Articles
  • 15. Articles Academic Search Complete covers many subjects with a high percentage of full-text articles
  • 16. Academic Search Complete Select Advanced Search
  • 17. different ideas connected with AND Search Strategy = “binge drinking” AND college AND impact
  • 18. similar ideas connected with ORSearch Strategy = (“binge drinking” OR “alcohol abuse”)AND (college OR university) AND impactUse “ “ or ( ) to keep words together & in order
  • 19. Results List: Categories Remove limiters by clicking the orange X Use suggested subject terms to strengthen your results
  • 20. Article Access Level
  • 21. Detailed Record
  • 22. Online Resources today’s information broad, variety perspective may be unstable find resources from reliable online sources
  • 23. 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
  • 24. Evaluating Information Critically evaluate information using applicable criteria
  • 25. Evaluate: Authority Determine the need for an expert 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?
  • 26. 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 © 2013 updated 1:33 PM EST, Tue February 12, 2013
  • 27. 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
  • 28. Authority CurrencyContent Content Authority
  • 29. Authority Currency Content
  • 30. Authority Content Authority ContentCurrency
  • 31. AuthorityContent Currency Content Authority
  • 32. Final Review1. Know your assignment2. Clarify your topic3. Be flexible in your search4. Critically evaluate your resources