LIBRARYRESOURCESCOMM 1130MELANIE PARLETTE, ENGINEERING & IT LIAISONLIBRARY RESOURCE CENTRE
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.
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!
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
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
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?
CRAAP TEST • Activity • The CRAAP Evaluation Tool
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
WHAT DO I SEARCH FOR?Customer ComputerRelationships Hardware & Computer Operating Software Systems Computer Programming Customer Support
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
GET HELP AT THE LIBRARY Email Online Melanie Parlette: • IM Chat on the LRC Contact Us firstname.lastname@example.org Page LRC Information Desk: • Or in the Computer Programming email@example.com 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