ContentFinding Resources• Define your search strategy• Using search engines (google tips)• Using your library’s resources• Referencing and citation• Open Educational Resources (OER)
Define your search strategy• Planning your essay/topic for research– http://www.xmind.net/– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9vXWl-ChU8• What keywords can you use to describe your topic (considersynonyms or variant spellings)– http://www.onelook.com/reverse-dictionary.shtml• What subject area might your topic fall under– http://www.biology-online.org/dictionary/Main_Page– http://pp5lw2jm6m.search.serialssolutions.com/?L=PP5LW2JM6M
Define your search strategy II• Do you need primary or secondary sources• Popular or scholarly publications• Up to minute information or resources thatcover a specific time period• Covering a specific geographic area or thatwere published in a particular place• What language is the material required in
Google offerings• Advanced search tools• Google Scholar - http://scholar.google.co.uk/• Google News - http://news.google.co.uk• Google Blog Search -http://www.google.co.uk/blogsearch?hl=en-GB
Hands on ActivityTime to Google Better !Spend some time finding out about atopic of your choice using the advancedsearch features or some of the alternativeGoogle tools.
Fact or Fiction• Presentation• Relevance• Objectivity• Method• Provenance• Timeliness
Honour thy creators• How to createreferences• Copyright andplagiarism
What are Open Educational Resources?Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learningmaterials that are freely available online for everyone to use,whether you are an instructor, student or self-learner. Examples ofOER include: full courses, course modules, syllabi, lectures,homework assignments, quizzes, lab and classroom activities,pedagogical materials, games, simulations, and many moreresources contained in digital media collections from around theworldJISC / Higher Education Academy OER infoKithttp://bit.ly/oerinfokitLast accessed 2012
• An open resource-sharing service developed forthe college sector in Scotland• The platform developed in partnership withJorum• Will provide free access to a wide range of openresources (including Jorum)
Hands on ActivitySelect a collection of your choicecontaining OERs and see what you canfind to support are area of the curriculumyou offer.