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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.