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Research skills 1

  1. 1. Research Skills: Day 1<br />
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  3. 3. Boolean Operators<br />Work smarter...not harder!<br />Boolean operators allow you to narrow your search to specific<br />information.<br />This can be very <br />helpful in avoiding <br />information overload.<br />
  4. 4. Boolean Operators<br />
  5. 5. Boolean Operators<br />The THREE most common operators are AND, OR, and NOT.<br />It is often best to <br />capitalize them when <br />doing your search.<br />
  6. 6. Boolean Operators<br />OR is used to join related terms. It instructs the search tool to retrieve any record that contain either (or) both of the terms you are researching.<br />Question: I am just interested in information on post secondary studies.<br />
  7. 7. Boolean Operators<br />AND is used to join words or phrases when both (or all) the terms must appear in the items you retrieve. This allows for a smaller set of results and more focussed research.<br />Question: I'm interested in the relationship between poverty and crime.<br />
  8. 8. Boolean Operators<br />NOT is used to exclude words from your search results. This allows you to eliminate unrelated items and it narrows your search to relevant information.<br />Question: I want information about cats, but I don't want to see any information about dogs.<br />
  9. 9. Boolean Operators<br />In addition, quotation marks " "<br />can be very useful when doing a <br />search. If you use quotation marks you will be asking the search engine to find an exact phrase.<br />This is VERY handy as you are telling the computer to find something very specific, <br />but you need to have a phrase in mind.<br />
  10. 10. For the purpose of your research project, you will be required to use a minimum of 3 different websites to find your information. <br />Why use multiple sites? To verify your information!<br />NOTE: Wikipedia is<br />NOT to be one of <br />your sourced sites.<br />
  11. 11. Works Cited Page<br />Why use a Works Cited page?<br />A Works Cited page tells your readers where you found your information. By crediting your sources, you avoid plagiarism. After all, should credit go where it is due?<br />
  12. 12. Works Cited Page<br />In this case, as you are relying on the Internet for your research, the main information you have to make note of as you research is:<br />·The title of the article<br />·The name of the author and/or editor (if applicable)<br />·The date of creation (if applicable)<br />·The URL (you can abbreviate the address)<br />·The Date of access<br />
  13. 13. Works Cited Page<br />The information is then put in the following format:<br />Last name, First name (of author). "Title of the Article" (in quotation marks). Date of creation. <URL> Date of access.<br />Even the punctuation marks must be appropriately used.<br />The citations are listed on your Works Cited page in alphabetical order by the first word of the citation.<br />
  14. 14. Works Cited Page<br />Let's do a sample citation together...<br />Title: Challenged Books and Magazines<br />Author: Canada Council for the Arts<br />Date of creation: February, 2011<br />URL:<br />Date of access: April 21, 2011<br />What should the citation look like?<br />
  15. 15. Works Cited Page<br />Canada Council for the Arts. "Challenged Books and Magazines." February 2011. <> April 21, 2011.<br />
  16. 16. Doing the Research: <br />Finding Important Information<br />Finding important information relies on making inferences and connections.<br />You have to distinguish between FACT and OPINION.<br />Consider what you know about the topic, and what questions you want to answer.<br />Read headings and subheadings, which will help you determine the overall theme.<br />Remember, do NOT copy down, or highlight, everything. <br />
  17. 17. Let's Practice... <br />As we read this excerpt together, we'll pick out the key information that might be useful later on...<br />
  18. 18. Now it's your turn...<br />Think:<br />·Read your article.<br />·Highlight important information.<br />Pair:<br />·You will get together with others who have read <br /> your article to share what you deemed <br /> "important".<br />·You will copy the important points onto another <br /> page - this will be useful for an activity we are <br /> completing tomorrow.<br />
  19. 19. Attachments<br />The Big Bang Theory - The Pirate Solution - Part 2 - Raj wor.mp4<br />Web Search Strategies in Plain English.mp4<br />challenged_books_and_magazines.pdf<br />