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  • You have an assignment coming up that requires you to do research and using quality resources is key to completing this successfullyIt is recommended that you evaluate the sources that you want to use to assure that you are choosing the best onesMy name is Melanie Parlette-Stewart and I work in the library and have education and training in Research and Libraries and it’s my job to help you make the most of the Library’s resourcesBy learning how to evaluate resources you will be better able to source appropriate resources in your assignmentWe’re going to go over how to evaluate resources. I’m going to provide you with some tools on this and we’re going to practice as a groupToday we will cover why you need to evaluate resources, how we can do this and where you can get help
  • We are surrounded by information every dayOften it’s just a quick google search awayThis can be overwhelming when we are trying to choose the best resources to include in our assignments and essaysWeb content is not monitored or checked for accuracy in all casesPeople publish content online with many different goalsIt’s really important that you develop your critical thinking skills
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  • This will depend on the group of students and their assignment
  • We could find out all about this using Wikipedia, right?Perhaps start with Wikipedia – to get them to understand where you’re going with this, say “Wikipedia works for day-to-day questions, but why can’t you use just Wikipedia for all your research needs?” You’re looking for them to understand that a single source, regardless of what it is, is not enough for their research, even if it seems to provide all the answers they need…because it’s providing just one perspective, one author’s viewpoint. Facts may have been excluded or modified. You have to use a variety of sources to ensure you’ve got the best information, and the broadest perspective.List potential sources on the screen or on the board – the ones students suggest and you suggest will depend on the research topic
  • Do a quick search for your question, together. Have students look at the first page of results and see if they intuitively know the best from the worst (this can be just by the names of the links and their domain suffixes, or you could pick one or two (one good, one bad) and present the question openly (“Do you think this website is trustworthy, or not? Why or why not? Think about it and then we’ll discuss it.”). You could also do this with preselected websites which you lead students to with links. After the open discussion, present the CAARS/CRAAP acronym to fill in additional considerations. Could also do this in reverse, using the CAARS evaluation tool up front [depends on timing and audience]
  • Do a quick search for your question, together. Have students look at the first page of results and see if they intuitively know the best from the worst (this can be just by the names of the links and their domain suffixes, or you could pick one or two (one good, one bad) and present the question openly (“Do you think this website is trustworthy, or not? Why or why not? Think about it and then we’ll discuss it.”). You could also do this with preselected websites which you lead students to with links. After the open discussion, present the CAARS/CRAAP acronym to fill in additional considerations. Could also do this in reverse, using the CAARS evaluation tool up front [depends on timing and audience]
  • Facebook:Social mediaSocial NetworksWeb 2.0TechnologyWebsitesInternetAcademic Performance:EducationHigher EducationLearningGradesGPAStudentsCollege StudentsUniversity StudentsBehaviour
  • Discuss the above as the two principle ways to find information through the library.Direct students to go the LRC homepage to get started. Proceed with search examples without additional slides.

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  • Introduction to Research forComputer ProgrammingUsing the Library Resource CentreApril 2013 Melanie Parlette-Stewart BA, MLIS Program Liaison, Engineering, IT, Trades + Apprenticeship Email: mparlettestewart@conestogac.on.ca 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
  • Off-Campus Access Visit the LRC toPIN NUMBERS - You can use your PIN to: • Access resources from Off-Campus get your PIN. Don‟t forget to bring your • Renew a book, place a hold student card with the 2013 • Review your account sticker on it!
  • 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/lrcAfter that, try a relevant Research Help guide for links to even moreresources to searchhttp://exploreguides.conestogac.on.ca/programmingUse 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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