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    1. 1. The Information Hunt: What do I need? Where do I find it? MHC Technology Fair 2008 Meredith Theeman [email_address]
    2. 2. Where to begin? <ul><li>Identify expectations of the assignment </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What is written?, What was explained? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Identify what you don’t need to do </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Discuss & confirm </li></ul><ul><li>Quick investigation </li></ul><ul><li>Look at your schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Make a plan </li></ul>now that I’ve stopped freaking out
    3. 3. Wikipedia <ul><li>A place to start your research process… </li></ul><ul><li>as long as it doesn’t end there. </li></ul><ul><li>Hard to evaluate bias and/or trace information </li></ul><ul><li>These issues aside, it is customary to not cite </li></ul><ul><li>encyclopedias in academic writing </li></ul>no longer cuts it
    4. 4. Internet Searches <ul><li>Is a general search of the internet enough? </li></ul><ul><li>Google Scholar is linked to university databases </li></ul><ul><li>How do I evaluate the websites ? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Who authors/owns the site? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Is it sponsored? If so, by whom? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can the information be verified/corroborated/traced? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Be mindful of digital manipulation and wholly fake websites </li></ul><ul><li>Manage your web research by bookmarking with </li></ul>are easy
    5. 5. I need to master Periodical databases <ul><li>Go to the Hunter libraries ’ “online resources” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Know both Basic and Guided searches…. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Get to know 4 or 5 periodical databases related to your field(s) of study </li></ul><ul><li>Useful library reference site list </li></ul><ul><li>Key words are imperative: Try with your own, then search with key words in articles, words in abstracts </li></ul>
    6. 6. Ahhh! Where is that article? <ul><li>Endnote & RefWorks : First year is a great time to get acquainted with a reference organizing software </li></ul><ul><li>Do yourself a favor : </li></ul><ul><li>Make the list of works cited as you go. Searching for the correct source and page number late (at night) in the writing process is often when accidents happen. </li></ul>I need to organize
    7. 7. Ahhh! Where is that article? <ul><li>Search Spotlight by date </li></ul><ul><ul><li>date:yesterday date:today </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>date:this week date:this year </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Search Spotlight by item type </li></ul><ul><ul><li>kind:application(app) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>kind:folder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>kind:pdf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>kind:presentation </li></ul></ul>I know I saved it somewhere
    8. 8. I have thirty articles… which should I use? <ul><li>Review your goals </li></ul><ul><li>Establish relevancy with the abstracts </li></ul><ul><li>Look at publication source (peer-reviewed?) </li></ul><ul><li>Determine seminal & frequently cited work </li></ul><ul><li>Skim: Why? How? What happened? Meaning? </li></ul><ul><li>Set aside articles that are challenging to understand </li></ul><ul><li>Search again, repeat earlier steps </li></ul><ul><li>Read and take notes </li></ul>
    9. 9. A word from the wise -r <ul><li>Touching paper allows you to take notes in the margins… </li></ul><ul><li>Use the list of works cited in the resources you have collected to expand your search. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes, journals will devote entire issues to themes…you may find other useful articles simply by leafing through the table of context. </li></ul><ul><li>Non-fiction books are generally shelved next to similarly focused others. You may find something else, if you go into the stacks. </li></ul>