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

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