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CSM Library Orientation

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    • Finding Resources in Your Library and Online College of San Mateo Library
    • Library Resources
      • Print books, magazines and journals
      • E-Books
        • Accessible from on or off campus
        • Available 24/7
      • Databases and articles
        • Accessible from on or off campus
        • Available 24/7
      • College Reserves
      • Government Documents
    • Search Tips:
      • Keyword searching
      • Phrase searching
          • Use quotes to return exact phrase
      • Truncation
        • Ad* returns ad, ads and advertising
      • Boolean Logic
          • AND
          • OR
          • NOT
    • Search examples:
      • Green vehicles
      • Global energy consumption
      • Sustainable AND farming
      • GMO OR genetically modified foods
      • Factory farms NOT (United States OR US)
      • bottled water and environment* impact
    • Academic vs. Popular Journals
      • Academic
        • Author an expert in his field or topic
        • Affiliated with educational or research institution
        • Peer-reviewed
        • Content usually based on research findings
        • Written for an expert audience
        • Articles long in length
        • Includes a bibliography
    • Academic vs. Popular Journals
      • Popular
        • Written by journalist or student
        • Not peer-reviewed; quick publication process
        • General Interest
        • Written for a commercial audience
        • Articles shorter in length
        • Bibliography not likely
    • Content on the Web
      • Google is great, but the library’s resources can be better. Before looking online, check the library’s databases, eBooks collection, and print materials (i.e. books and journals)
      • Why?
      • Anyone can publish online
      • It’s a fast, free medium that lacks the formal peer-review process of journal articles or books
    • How to evaluate information the web:
      • Source
      • Authority
      • Content
      • Objectivity
      • Accuracy
      • Currency
    • How to evaluate information on the web:
      • Source
          • Domain type (i.e. .edu, .gov, .org, .fr)
          • Affiliations
          • Personal web site (~ or %)
          • What is the purpose of the site and are they trying to sell you something?
          • http://www.collegeofsanmateo.edu/
          • http://www.collegeofsanmateo.edu/library/
          • http:// www.collegeofsanmateo.edu /Departments/~jdoe
    • How to evaluate information the web:
      • Authority
          • Organization or personal page?
          • Author clearly stated on page?
          • Credentials?
          • Specialist in field?
          • About us?
          • Contact information?
          • Is it clear what the organization is?
              • If not, try http://whois.domaintools.com/
    • How to evaluate information the web:
      • Content
          • Is the coverage complete?
          • Is the website complete?
          • Are there dead links or sections still under construction?
          • Links to the site or page?
            • Alexa.com
          • Can it be cross checked with other sources?
    • Who is linking to this site?
    • How to evaluate information the web:
      • Objectivity
          • Editorial or factual?
          • Free from bias?
          • Examination of all sides of issue?
          • Does the site contain ads?
    • How to evaluate information the web:
      • Accuracy
          • Grammatical or spelling errors?
          • Clear indication of data source?
          • Are there footnotes or links to back up their statements?
    • How to evaluate information the web:
      • Currency
          • Is there a date when the site was last updated?
          • Is the site still active?
    • Web Search Tips:
      • Search on several search engines
          • Google
          • Ask
          • Yahoo
      • Web or Subject Directories
          • Librarians’ Internet Index - http://lii.org/
          • Internet Public Library - http://ipl.org/
          • Infomine - http://infomine.ucr.edu/
    • Try the Advanced Search option: Also, try the “US Government” search option from the advanced search page, or limit search to .edu or .gov sites
    • A few more very important tips:
      • Just because a site is in the top 10 search results, it doesn’t mean that the information is valid, nor is it always going to be the best
      • Look past the first 10 results
      • Look out for sponsored sites at the top of search results
    • Annotated Bibliography Example
      • Global warming and environmental justice: The burden on vulnerable populations. (2008, July). Sierra Club . Retrieved March 6, 2009, from http://www.sierraclub.org/‌ej/‌downloads/‌GW-EJ-2008.pdf
      • This content is valid for several reasons. It is clear who is behind the site. The Sierra Club is a well established environmental organization. The article cited contains footnotes that clearly traces where the information was obtained. The article also seems factual and objective. The information is current and relevant to my topic.
    • Annotated Bibliography Example
      • Simplified version adapted for this exercise:
      • Making better energy choices. (n.d.). Worldwatch Institute. Retrieved March 9,
      • 2009, from http://www.worldwatch.org/node/808
      • This is a research institute focused on global issues such as sustainability, population growth and climate change.
      • This institute partners with many other environmental high profile organizations.
      • The contact and organization information is very clear, and includes funding information.
      • The site appears to have current and relevant information.
      • The information is factual and objective
    • Citation Resources
      • College of San Mateo Library resources
        • http://www.smccd.net/accounts/csmlibrary/citing.html
        • NoodleBib
      • Citation Machine
        • http://citationmachine.net/
      • Duke University Libraries Citation Guide
        • http://library.duke.edu/research/citing/
    • Need more help finding information?
      • Visit/Call/eMail a CSM Librarian
      • Librarians available by appointment to help with your research needs
      • Michele Alaniz
      • Instruction and Web Services Librarian
      • [email_address]
      • 650.574.6174
      • Csmref or csmmichelea (yahoo)
    • Photo Credits:
      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/foreversouls/1279069689/