I AM . . .Melanie ParletteLRC Program Liaison forSchool of Engineering and Information Technologymparlette@conestogac.on.ca
TODAY we will…• Discuss the responsibilities of borrowing from Musagetes.• Recognize the path to the library website and their course specific research guide.• Search the library discovery tool to find books and articles and use the refining options to achieve more relevant results.• Explore different types of sources and understand why they are important.• Evaluate different types of sources and resources.
MusagetesPrivileges:• The $20 Community borrower fee is waived if you register your Conestoga student card at the Musagetes Architecture Library• The Musagetes Architecture Library is located within the UW School of Arch building in Cambridge and has an extensive architectural resource collectionResponsibilities:• You are responsible for all fines incurred while borrowing• Keep in mind that this agreement is a privilege and that failure to return items/pay fines may result in future students losing this privilege• Sanctions for abuse of this privilege might include: loss of Conestoga LRC privileges, your Program coordinator may choose to issue a complaint with the VP of Student Affairs, transcripts and/or diplomas may be withheld
Off-Campus AccessPIN NUMBERS - You can use your PIN to:• Access resources from Off-Campus• Renew a book, place a hold• Review your account
LRC Homepage Research Help Engineering Mechanical EngineeringYOUR Research Guidehttp://bit.ly/APFM Key Tabs: •Articles from Databases •Books . . . •Cite Your Sources •Contact Us
Today’s ResearchTopic is….• Is there a relationship Facebook use and academic performance?
Finding A Source toAnswer Your Question• Where do we begin? • Google • Wikipedia • Other suggestions…
Types of Sources What’s the Difference?Scholarly Journals Popular Magazines Trade Journals Conference Papers Technical Reports• Scholarly research or • General interest • Industry related • Author is scholar in • Author is often a projects. articles, information, news and field, academic or scholar or a scientist,• Illustrations are entertainment, or trends. Some researcher engineer, government usually charts and information aimed at illustrations. • Conference papers contractor, or graphs. the consumer. • Authors are industry tend to be more technical personnel.• Authors are Usually colour experts, recent than journal • Published by a authorities in their photographs and professionals, or articles, but may be corporation or field. Often professors illustrations. practitioners who are considered less educational institution or researchers. • Articles are usually not always identified authoritative • Reputation is• Peer review process written by magazine • Typically no peer depending on the everything is in place where the staff, freelance review or refereeing review and • Typically not peer content of an article is writers, or may be process. acceptance process reviewed reviewed by one or anonymous. • Peer Review Process Example: more experts in the • No peer review or Examples: may or may not be 2010 Energy Efficiency field. refereeing process. Today’s Facility rigorous Indicator Manager, BuildingExamples: Examples: and Facilities Example:Journal of Facilities Wired, Popular Management Proceedings of the CIB Management, Mechanics W070 InternationalFacilities Conference in Facilities Management
What is Peer• Review? When an author submits his or her research article to a scholarly journal, an editor will review it to see if it meets the criteria of that journal. If it does, the editor will send the article out for Peer Review. [Peer Review is the process where other experts in the field will thoroughly review and evaluate the article and the research that was done. They check for accuracy of the information presented, validity and repeatability of the research, quality and appropriateness for the journal.]• Based on the feedback from the experts (i.e. “peers”), the author’s submission will be accepted, rejected or accepted with revisions. It is uncommon to accept a paper with no revisions. In most cases an author will need to make some changes before final publication. Source: Simon Fraser University
Academic Publishing Process A researcher The researcher The editor reviews it carries out submits their and sends it out to research paper to a multiple experts for journal. peer review Sometimes the article might be Open Access is outright rejected revolutionizing this process. People engagePeople with thecomment findings of theon the article througharticle social mediathroughletters to The reviewersthe editor examine the article. Other researchers incorporate the findings in their This process may be research repeated until the article meets the standards of the reviewers. The publisher The researcher and experts makes some The paper edits. is review the published paper. in the journal
Choosing Better Sources • How can you tell trustworthy information (the “better” information) from less-trustworthy information (“worse” information)?The CARS Test • Credibility Look for believable, well written information that is free of bias. Locate information about the author(s) and their credentials. How credible are the authors, what is their level of expertise on this particular topic. • Accuracy The information should be up-to-date, clear. You can confirm accuracy by locating information from a variety of sources. Look for a last updated date. • Reasonableness Information should be present objective and balanced arguments. • Support Other sources should support the information found. Always look for a reference list, bibliography or citations demonstrating where the information came from.
Today We…• Located key sections of the LRC’s website• Practiced evaluating resources to ensure they were of good quality• Performed a basic search of LRC resources, narrowed our search and created a list of relevant results
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