Comm 1130 technical_communication_march2012-alcock


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  • ISSUE: Everywhere we go there is information. Some people talk about experiencing information overload. We are consistently bombarded with facts, figures, and stories. Through taking the time to understand what types of information are out their and the different purposes they serve we can better understand how to use them as we go about our assignments and later our careers My name is Melanie Parlette and I am the Engineering and IT Liaison for the library. I have training and experience in assisting students in finding the resources they need and better understanding the library and the services that we offer. Our session today is going to allow us to better understand information sources so that we can apply this knowledge when we are completing assignments and later as we much wade through the information we encounter in our workplaces. So let’s move forward with our agenda for today.
  • Blogs:Commercial:Educational:News:Forum:Online forums or message boards are websites where like-minded people come together and discuss everything related to their industry, or any other topic like sports, music, or politics.Content:
  • Use the print examples you brought to explain what a student can find in a database. Emphasize variety of information, ease of use, scholarly holdings, quality of information and tools provided for organizing results
  • Use the print examples you brought to explain what a student can find in a database. Emphasize variety of information, ease of use, scholarly holdings, quality of information and tools provided for organizing results
  • Comm 1130 technical_communication_march2012-alcock

    2. 2. TODAY YOU’LL LEARN . . . • How to identify different types of sources based on distinguishing features. • How to evaluate information sources using the CRAAP test to determine the quality and whether it is appropriate for your assignment. • Where you can find tools to assist you with creating IEEE citations. • That you have a Research Guide on the Library website and that you can access many relevant resources from here.
    3. 3. TYPES OF RESOURCES • ACTIVITY • Scholarly Journals • Popular Magazines • Trade Journals • Conference Papers • Technical Reports • Blogs • Commercial Websites • Educational Websites • News Websites • Forum Website … and more!
    4. 4. 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 field, academic or scholar or a scientist,• Illustrations are entertainment, or and trends. Some researcher engineer, usually charts and information aimed at illustrations. • Conference papers government graphs. the • Authors are industry tend to be more contractor, or• Authors are consumer. Usually experts, recent than journal technical personnel. authorities in their colour photographs professionals, or articles, but may be • Published by a field. Often and illustrations. practitioners who are considered less corporation or professors or • Articles are usually not always identified authoritative educational researchers. written by magazine • Typically no peer depending on the institution• Peer review process staff, freelance review or refereeing review and • Reputation is is in place where the writers, or may be process. acceptance process everything content of an article anonymous. • Peer Review Process • Typically not peer is reviewed by one or • No peer review or Examples: may or may not be reviewed more experts in the refereeing process. ComputerWorld, rigorous Example: field. Electronic ECMA Technical Examples: Engineering Times Example: Report TR/75Examples: Wired, Popular Proceedings of StandardizingWireless Networks, Mechanics International Information andIEEE/ACM Conference on CommunicationTransactions on Autonomous Agents SystemsNetworking and Multiagent Systems
    5. 5. TYPES OF WEBSITES •Blogs •Commercial Websites •Educational Websites •News Websites •Forum Website •Content Website Social Networks, Government, Advocacy, Counterfeit . . .
    6. 6. 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 onthe question you are asking, different part of the criteria might be moreimportant than others.The CRAAP Test • Currency The timeliness of the information • Relevance The importance of the information for your needs • Authority The source of the information • Accuracy The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the information • Purpose The reason the information exists
    7. 7. PROBLEM I’m on a committee in the LRC to assist in choosing a new Content Management System for the library’s website. There are many different types of programs out there so I’ve decided to begin by doing some research to discover what types of systems exist. I’ve gathered the following information sources (see handouts). Do you think I should use these when presenting to my colleagues?
    8. 8. CRAAP TEST • Activity • The CRAAP Evaluation Tool
    9. 9. DATABASES What is an electronic article database? • Online / web-based collection of: • Magazines • Newspapers • Journals • Includes professional journal articles • Databases are usually organized by major subject i.e. nursing, business, science, etc. • You choose a database based on your topic • Each database contains millions of articles, searchable by keyword
    10. 10. WHAT DO I SEARCH FOR?Customer ComputerRelationships Hardware & Computer Operating Software Systems Computer Programming Customer Support
    12. 12. TIPS FOR FINDING ARTICLES… • Brainstorm your keywords • Related Terms • Synonyms • Be specific • Limiting your search results • Too many results? • Narrow by date • Add additional keywords using the AND operator • Narrow by publication type i.e. Scholarly / Peer Reviewed • Too few results? •Check your spelling • Use synonyms • Combine keywords using OR operator • Try another database
    14. 14. GET HELP AT THE LIBRARY Email Online Melanie Parlette: • IM Chat on the LRC Contact Us Page LRC Information Desk: • Or in the Computer Programming Research Guide In Person By Phone Visit the LRC • Monday – Thursday 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM Information Desk @ • Friday 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM 519-748-5220 x3361 • Saturday 9 AM – 4:00 PM • Sunday Noon – 4:00 PM
    15. 15. HOW DID WE DO?