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  • IST 110s: Library Skills 02/15/13 College of IST
  • Q: Why would he do this? A: To preserve the photos. The caves are perfect for climate control: a cold, stable, and dry environment. Often it seems like libraries are 220 feet underground, but in actuality they make every effort to get their resources off the shelves, into your hands, or on your computer screen. 02/15/13 College of IST IST 110s: Library Skills
  • The library offers many services to assist students doing research. Just out to student portal website on library homepage. Highlight The CAT, Databases, and ASK. 02/15/13 College of IST IST 110s: Library Skills
  • The University Libraries want to help cultivate information literacy in students. Information literacy is a buzzword librarians use to summarize these aspects of finding and using information. These might seem self evident, but articulating the process helps people know when they’re skipping a step. 02/15/13 College of IST IST 110s: Library Skills
  • Books (encyclopedias), magazines, newspapers, journals. Databases? Most PA students will probably have used Access PA/EBSCO. JSTOR? Those using these have a head start. Wikipedia? Internet search engines (Yahoo, Google)? Instructors often tell you not to use these at all. It’s important to understand when it is and isn’t appropriate to use these resources. 02/15/13 College of IST IST 110s: Library Skills
  • Work in competitive teams. Ask for a few responses. Report back and discuss the challenges to finding information. Suggest that one day they may be creating these tools. Possible avenues: 1. Google search 2. Website click through 3. Website search. 02/15/13 College of IST IST 110s: Library Skills
  • Python programming language Possible approaches: 1. The CAT (print and ebooks) 2. Safari Computer Books 3. Google Books 02/15/13 College of IST IST 110s: Library Skills
  • Ask half the room to use Google Scholar, the other ProQuest. 02/15/13 College of IST IST 110s: Library Skills
  • Authority/ scholarliness: Are the resources in the database evaluated? Currency: How often it’s updated. Scope: What it covers. (Many library databases have a limited scope.) Usability: How easy it is to search or navigate. Will it correct your spelling? Value-added features: Can you export citations? Can you make a list of articles to read? Prompt students with exceptions to their preconceived notions. 02/15/13 College of IST IST 110s: Library Skills
  • Mention the prior module on academic integrity. Often times plagiarism is accidental. The library resources will help you correctly cite information. Available online. 02/15/13 College of IST IST 110s: Library Skills
  • 02/15/13 College of IST IST 110s: Library Skills
  • Library workers can help with all steps of research. Don’t be afraid to ask your instructor and other students about what resources they use. 02/15/13 College of IST IST 110s: Library Skills
  • IST 110s: Library Skills 02/15/13 College of IST
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    • 1. Introduction toLibrary Research Lauren Reiter, LibrarianOriginally developed by Dan Hickey, IST Librarian
    • 2. Bettmann Archive  Bill Gates bought this archive, the most prestigious collection of historic photos in the United States, so he could bury it.  In 2001, he hired 19 trucks to move it from Manhattan to a limestone cave 220 feet underground in Butler County, Pennsylvania. Weinberger
    • 3. Library ServicesResearch help In person: walk-in, appointment, telephone Online: E-mail, IM/chatWebsite The CAT and LionSearch-our inventory of holdings, including e-books 500+ databasesBorrowing materials Up to 200 books, DVDs, CDs, maps, etc., for the semester Libraries can get materials for you from other libraries worldwide
    • 4. Information LiteracyRecognize the extent of an information needLocate relevant informationEvaluate the informationEffectively and ethically use information ALA
    • 5. What resources haveyou used in high school to do research?
    • 6. What are the libraries’ Spring hours?
    • 7. Where can I find a book to help me learn or understand Python?
    • 8. Where can I find a full text,scholarly article about social networking?
    • 9. Database Comparison v.Evaluate the two based on the following criteria: Authority/scholarliness  Usability Currency  Value-added features ScopeIn what situations would you choose one over the other? Google, ProQuest
    • 10. Copyright & Citing SourcesPlagiarism “The action or practice of taking someone elses work, idea, etc., and passing it off as ones own.”Resources: Citation style guides: APA, MLA, Chicago, etc. EndNote, and Zotero KnightCite Oxford English Dictionary
    • 11. Calvin College
    • 12. SummaryResources should be selected based on how they best meet user’s needsLibraries are one important component of filling an information needFluency with library resources gives you a competitive advantage in your schoolwork and, later, in your job
    • 13. Questions? Lauren Reiter lmr29@psu.edu