Computer Programmer - April 2013 (Alcock)Presentation Transcript
Introduction to Research forComputer ProgrammingUsing the Library Resource CentreApril 2013 Melanie Parlette-Stewart BA, MLIS Program Liaison, Engineering, IT, Trades + Apprenticeship Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @ConestogaLib_MP
Why am I here? My name is Melanie Parlette-Stewart and I‟m from the Library. Your assignment requires you to do research. Evaluating your sources is key to completing your assignment successfully.
I‟m going to show you: 1. Improve your search skills through “pre-searching” and “re-searching” to refine keyword strategies 2. Locate various types of resources to balance your research with high quality information from the LRC‟s collections 3. Understand the criteria you can use to evaluate resources to ensure they are of good quality. 4. Discover resources to assist you in creating proper citations
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LRC Homepage Research Help Information Technology Computer ProgrammingYOUR Research Guide http://exploreguides.conestogac.on.ca/programming
Today‟s Research Topic is….• Is there a relationship Facebook use and academic performance?
Finding a source toanswer yourquestion . . .Where do we begin?
What‟s a credible source?• There may be times when you don‟t know exactly where your resource fits.• This test can help you determine if your information is reliable.• Depending on the question you are asking, different part of the criteria might be more important than others.The CRAAP TestC urrencyThe timeliness of the informationR elevanceThe importance of the information for your needsA uthorityThe source of the informationA ccuracyThe reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of theinformationP urposeThe reason the information exists
The CRAAP Test
Balanced Research Effective research taps into a variety of sources Encyclopedias Websites Books Technical Scholarly Papers Journals Conference Newspapers Papers Professional Magazine (aka Trade Journals)
Types of SourcesWhat‟s the Difference?Scholarly Journals Popular Magazines Trade Journals• Scholarly research or projects. • General interest articles, • Industry related information, news• Illustrations are usually charts and entertainment, or information aimed and trends. Some illustrations. graphs. at the consumer. Usually colour • Authors are industry experts,• Authors are authorities in their field. photographs and illustrations. professionals, or practitioners who are Often professors or researchers. • Articles are usually written by not always identified• Peer review process is in place where magazine staff, freelance writers, or • Typically no peer review or refereeing the content of an article is reviewed may be anonymous. process. by one or more experts in the field. • No peer review or refereeing process. Examples:Examples: Examples: Electronic DesignCommunications of the ACM Wired, Popular Mechanics
Pre-Searching: Related Terms or Synonyms (words that mean the same) Facebook Academic Performance
Let‟s Research : LRC Discover Tool Facebook and Academic Performance
Let‟s Re/search:Don‟t forget to try using other“PRE-SEARCHING” terms:Ex: Social Networks and Media and Grades . . . and again: don’t forget to Re/Search: Full Text Date Source Type Subject
Citing our Sources Its important to cite sources you used in your research for several reasons: To show your reader youve done proper research by listing sources you used to get your information To be a responsible scholar by giving credit to other researchers and acknowledging their ideas To avoid plagiarism by quoting words and ideas used by other authors To allow your reader to track down the sources you used by citing them accurately in your paper by way of footnotes, a bibliography or reference list
Let‟s Cite our Sources: Don‟t forget to Tip: Check out RefWorks. check the IEEE RefWorks is an online citation management tool Style Tutorials to that helps you create your bibliography. make sure your citation is correct!
Need more sources? Explore the “Computer Programming” Research Help Guide to discover Databases focused on Computer Programming. These database have: Advanced Search Tools Subject Specific Material http://exploreguides.conestogac.on.ca/programming
Use Discovery Search first www.conestogac.on.ca/lrcAfter that, try a relevant Research Help guide for links to even moreresources to searchhttp://exploreguides.conestogac.on.ca/programmingUse the “Cite” feature in each database Remember no „citation generator‟ is ever perfect Check it manually using the Writing Centre‟s resources for your Citations Style. www.conestogac.on.ca/learningcommons/resources/writing.jsp
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