INformation LIteracy - Module 3

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INformation LIteracy - Module 3

  1. 1. MODULE 3
  2. 2. <ul><li>use the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) of the Campus Libraries in order to find information resources for research </li></ul><ul><li>create effective search statements in order to find relevant information on their topic </li></ul><ul><li>refine search statements using Boolean logic to find relevant information sources </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>The OPAC is the key to the Libraries’ collections. </li></ul><ul><li>The Catalogue is a full description of most items in the Libraries and these descriptions are called records. </li></ul><ul><li>It does NOT provide a list of websites, journal articles or search engines </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>The OPAC is a database of the holdings of the five St. Augustine Campus Libraries including: </li></ul><ul><li>The Main Library </li></ul><ul><li>The Medical Sciences Library </li></ul><ul><li>School of Education Library </li></ul><ul><li>Republic Bank Library at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Library at the Institute of International Relations Library </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Navigating the OPAC </li></ul><ul><li>How to Login </li></ul><ul><li>Collections </li></ul><ul><li>Searching </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Types </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Options </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Search Results </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><ul><li>You can navigate the OPAC from anywhere within the Campus Libraries or off-Campus by: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>• Using the menu bar </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>• Clicking on the links </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. You will be required to do this if you need to view your library account or save your results
  8. 8. This allows you to search one or multiple collections at the same time.
  9. 9. <ul><li>You can search the OPAC by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Author - e.g. Best, Lloyd </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Title - e.g. Cricketers from the West Indies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Words from Title - e.g. Caribbean culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keywords - e.g. biodiversity conservation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject - e.g. biological diversity conservation </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>There are four ways to search the catalogue – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Combination search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collection search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course Reserves </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. The Basic Search allows you to search by author, title, words from the title, keywords and subject.
  12. 12. <ul><li>If you don’t know the author or title of a book you can search by either subject or keyword. Remember that the term you might want to use may not be a subject term in the catalogue. </li></ul>Keyword Search (Popular term) Subject Search (Prescribed Subject) E-commerce Biodiversity Alternate energy sources Electronic Commerce Biological Diversity Renewable energy sources
  13. 13. <ul><li>Boolean searching allows keywords to be connected by using AND, OR, NOT </li></ul><ul><li>Universities AND Colleges AND Caribbean region– the results of your search will include all terms. </li></ul><ul><li>Universities OR Colleges AND Caribbean region – the results of your search will include the term Caribbean Region and either University or College </li></ul><ul><li>Universities NOT Colleges AND Caribbean region – the results of your search will exclude term Colleges </li></ul>
  14. 14. Combination Search lets you search the database for keywords present anywhere. It also allows you to combine search terms, e.g. Author/Title or Author/Subject or Keyword/Keyword.
  15. 15. You can use Course Reserves to search for items in the Reserve Collection. You can search by course title, course number or instructor e.g. BIOL3361 (Applied Biochemistry).
  16. 17. <ul><li>Results should be examined using criteria such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Authority – is the author an expert in this area </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Credibility - is the source objective or biased </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Relevance – is it pertinent to the research being conducted </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Timeliness – is it current or dated </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Accuracy – is the information correct and can you find cited references. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>

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