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Background Information

  1. 1. Background Information What is it?
  2. 2. Background <ul><li>History of the subject </li></ul><ul><li>Context </li></ul><ul><li>Significant events </li></ul><ul><li>Biography </li></ul>
  3. 3. Location <ul><li>Reference Books </li></ul><ul><li>Reference desk: Founders Library </li></ul><ul><li>Online Reference </li></ul><ul><li>General Reference: library’s homepage </li></ul>
  4. 4. Reference Books <ul><li>Dictionaries </li></ul><ul><li>Encyclopedias </li></ul><ul><li>Handbooks </li></ul><ul><li>Statistical works </li></ul><ul><li>Atlases </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is our topic <ul><li>Adoption </li></ul>
  6. 6. Define <ul><li>Always define your topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Tool: </li></ul><ul><li>Dictionary </li></ul><ul><li>Consult more than one dictionaries. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Online: At the library’s Homepage <ul><li>Select: </li></ul><ul><li>General Reference </li></ul>
  8. 8. Library’s Home Page
  9. 9. General Reference
  10. 10. From: General Reference <ul><li>Select: </li></ul><ul><li>Dictionaries </li></ul>
  11. 11. Dictionaries
  12. 12. Hands on activity <ul><li>Have students find an online dictionary and find a definition for adoption. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Example of online Dictionary
  14. 14. Definitions <ul><li>To take up and practice or use as ones own. </li></ul><ul><li>To accept formally. To put into effect. </li></ul><ul><li>To embrace, borrow, domesticate. </li></ul><ul><li>To take (a child of other parents) as one’s own child. To naturalize. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Encyclopedias <ul><li>There is a method of treating subjects in the encyclopedia. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s general </li></ul><ul><li>It’s comprehensive </li></ul><ul><li>It’s universal </li></ul>
  16. 16. Encyclopedias
  17. 17. Hands on activity / Online <ul><li>General Reference page: library homepage select: Encyclopedias. </li></ul><ul><li>Find an article on: “Adoption” </li></ul><ul><li>Have students read different articles. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Results / Adoption / discussion <ul><li>Statutes </li></ul><ul><li>Recognized by Roman law. </li></ul><ul><li>Not recognized in common law. </li></ul><ul><li>Recognized in United States in the 1850s. </li></ul><ul><li>Scarce recognition in Old Testament. </li></ul><ul><li>Recognized by St. Paul in new testament </li></ul>
  19. 19. Adoption discussion cont’d <ul><li>International adoption </li></ul><ul><li>Interracial adoption </li></ul><ul><li>Abandoned children </li></ul><ul><li>Foster care / Adoption agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Legal aspects of adoption </li></ul>
  20. 20. Discussion cont’d <ul><li>Infertility </li></ul><ul><li>Surrogate parenting </li></ul><ul><li>Surrogate motherhood </li></ul><ul><li>Sperm banks </li></ul><ul><li>Surgical implantation </li></ul><ul><li>Evolution of adoption </li></ul>
  21. 21. Advantage of Background Information <ul><li>Reveals the depth and breadth of subject. </li></ul><ul><li>Reveals history of people and events in society. </li></ul><ul><li>Reveals influence on society. </li></ul><ul><li>It sets context for research. </li></ul><ul><li>Could be used as a source for keyword mining. </li></ul><ul><li>. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Keyword Mining <ul><li>Definitions, synonyms etc. (dictionaries) </li></ul><ul><li>Articles (encyclopedias, handbooks, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Indexes (subject encyclopedias) </li></ul><ul><li>Text books / text book indexes </li></ul><ul><li>Lecture notes / class discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Reserve readings / other readings on subject </li></ul>
  23. 23. Narrowing your topic <ul><li>Now that it has been established how vast the subject is. The next step is to choose a topic which could be managed. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a small aspect to satisfy the requirements of your essay. For example. </li></ul><ul><li>___________________ </li></ul><ul><li>“What is the Attitude Toward Interracial Adoption in your Community?” </li></ul>
  24. 24. Keyword Power <ul><li>Use keywords to search catalogs. </li></ul><ul><li>Here is a topic for an essay. </li></ul><ul><li>Interracial Adoption in the United States. </li></ul><ul><li>_____________________ </li></ul><ul><li>Turn this statement…into a question </li></ul><ul><li>“ What is the Attitude Toward Interracial Adoption in your Community?” </li></ul>
  25. 25. End of presentation <ul><li>Happy background searching </li></ul>

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