QUESTION 4(a)(a) Leeza is preparing to write one of herassignments. She, however, does not haveenough material to start writing. She contactedher tutor and was advised to read a book entitled‘Collaborative working in higher education : thesocial academy”. Her tutor, however, hasforgotten the name of the author of the book buthe is sure that the book is available at OUMphysical library. Leeza wants to check theavailability of the book before going to thelibrary. She not know how to do so. She call youup and seeks from you.
List down the steps that she needsto follow to enable her to view theavailability of the book via OPAC.Utilize an appropriate searchstrategy to get the requiredinformation.
OPAC Search StrategiesSTEP 1 :Click the ‘library’ icon on the LMSmenu bar to go to the Library portal.Click on the Home icon on the librarymenu bar to go the search menu.
STEP 2 :Type the search term in the searchbox – the author’s name, title of thematerial, subject or keyword. Selectthe correct search type –‘Collaborative working in highereducation : the social academy’.Press <Enter> to execute the search.
STEP 3 :The search Result screen willappear. Scan the bibliographicrecords for relevant materials.Click or select the item that youneed.
STEP 4 :Check detail of the item, and notedown the Call Number from theitem record diplayed.
STEP 5 :Locate the item on the shelvesbased on the Call Number in theLibrary.
OPAC SEARCH STRATEGIESTOPIC : Skill in Information RetrievalSubTopic : Searching OPAC8.1.1 : OPAC Search StrategiesPages : 173 - 177
QUESTION 4(b)(b) Leeza found an interesting website andshe printed the information from thewebsite and showed it to her tutor duringone of the tutorials. Leeza informed hertutor that she would want to quote some ofthe information in the website to supportsome of her point in her assignment. Hertutor, however, told her that theinformation in the website cannot be usedin her assignment.
Explain to Leeza, FIVE posiblereasons why the information in thewebsite is not suitable to beincluded in her assignment.
KEY TERMS Authority Authorship should be a majorcriterion in the internet.
Accuracy and Reliability Every fact must be verified foraccuracy and reliability.
Objectivity It should not be propagandamaterial or have a bias inpolitics, religion, gender, race, nation or personal philosophy.
Currency Currency of information meanshow current the information isand whether currency isimportant. The latest edition will ensurethat the information provided isup to date.
Scope The scope of the matter writtenabout is important becauseunless the information providedis comprehensive.