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Jacobson eng111 f11

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION TORESEARCH FORJACOBSON‟S ENGLISH111Jami Bryan, Fall 2011
  2. 2. How do you intendto do the researchfor this class?
  3. 3. The ERIAL Project Anthropologists followed students while they conducted research for an assignment  Worked with 161 students, 75 faculty, 48 librarians at five Illinois institutions “Almost without exception, students exhibited a lack of understanding of search logic, how to build a search to narrow/expand results, how to use subject headings, and how various search engines (including Google) organize and display results.”**Asher, Andrew. “The ERIAL Project: Ethnographic Research in Illinois Academic Libraries.”Academic Commons. Academic Commons. 17 May 2010. Web. 23 Sept. 2011.
  4. 4. WHAT LACK OF UNDERSTANDING? Using Google to find info about a Mexican restaurant in Tysons Revise and Repeat Finding a friend from middle school on Facebook Make Connections between Resources YOU’VE BEEN HONING YOUR SKILLS – YOU JUST NEED TO APPLY IT TO NEW TOOLS
  5. 5. The ERIAL Project “ „Students showed an almost complete lack of interest in seeking assistance from librarians during the search process.‟ ” * “A possible reason was that students seek help from sources they know and trust, and they do not know librarians. Many do not even know what the librarians are there for.” **Kolowich, Steve. “What Students Dont Know.” Inside Higher Ed. Inside Higher Ed. 22 Aug. 2011.Web. 23 Sept. 2011.
  6. 6. What are librariansthere for?
  7. 7. Effective College Research Knowing where to search Knowing how to search Evaluating what you find Avoiding plagiarism
  8. 8. Who cares? Better research = better grades Learn it now and apply it in other courses Knowing how to research well is a marketable skillImage by lanier67: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lanier67/3147696168/in/photostream/
  9. 9. Knowing Where to Search
  10. 10. Tools and resources Search Engines  Publicly available web resources Databases  Articles in Journals, Magazines and Newspapers  Reports, reference information Library Catalogs  Books (including e-books)  Library Holdings: DVDs, Periodicals, Reserves, Equipment
  11. 11. Why not just Google?How does a search engine work?:https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dcbsfbvq_1fqxzphfm
  12. 12. What‟s an Index? How do thesetools work? Collect information about resources and allow the user to search this information or index  Information collected depends on the tool Search engines collect:  URL  Metadata with creator assigned “keywords”  Full-text of the page  Links and Clicks Databases and Catalogs collect:  Citation information (Author, Title, Publication Date)  Keywords or Subject Headings  Sometimes the full-text
  13. 13. Why not just Google?Eli Pariser:Bewareonline "filterbubbles“:“The internetis showingus what itthinks wewant tosee, but notnecessarilywhat weneed tosee.”
  14. 14. If not just Google, then…..
  15. 15. Recommended Resources Opposing Viewpoints (Topic Help, Positions) Issues and Controversies on File (Reports) Academic Search Complete (Articles) Proquest (Articles) Library Catalog (Books)
  16. 16. Knowing How to Search
  17. 17. Search Terms Coming up with Search Terms  Pull out key words and concepts from your topic  Think about terms other people might have used in talking about your topic (Synonyms, Related Terms, or other Variations) Revise Terms as Searching
  18. 18. Common Search Features Phrase Searching  “use quotation marks” to search for that exact match  Ex. middle school vs. “middle school” Wildcards  Use the * (or ? or $) with the root of a word to search for variant forms  rac* finds race, racist, racists, racism, racial
  19. 19. Use the Advanced Search Allows you to tell them what you want searched If specific doesn‟t work, try going broad
  20. 20. Let‟s try a search….http://www.nvcc.ed u/library/
  21. 21. Evaluating What You Find
  22. 22. Evaluating is about Credibility Credibility 1. capable of being believed; believable: a credible statement. 2. worthy of belief or confidence; trustworthy: a credible witness.“Credible. ” Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. Web.12 Nov. 2009.
  23. 23. Be skeptical! What you can do:  Rely on library catalog and databases  Find out whos responsible for the information, such as the author and publisher  Consider the purpose of the source and the audience (e.g., to entertain or educate? for practitioners or for consumers?)  Consider the date
  24. 24. See eachsource forwhat itoffers.….
  25. 25. Avoiding Plagiarism
  26. 26. Citations are also aboutCredibility Citing sources appropriately is about YOUR credibility If you copy text, use quotation marks and cite it If you rephrase text, cite it
  27. 27. Citation Resources Library‟s list of citation help: My recommendations:  Use the Cite This or similar feature in the databases  CAUTION: These aren‟t always accurate, so check the citations yourself  Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): MLA Formatting & Style Guide  Use the Writing Center: http://www.nvcc.edu/annandale/lrc/writing/index.h
  28. 28. 3 things•Librarians are available to help•Think before you search•Evaluate and cite your sources
  29. 29. Need help? Have Questions? Come to the Library Online help 24/7 via Ask a Librarian Contact me jbryan@nvcc.edu 703-323-3867

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