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What do you mean i can’t use wikipedia

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Given at the VEMA conference, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, 2011

Given at the VEMA conference, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, 2011

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  • 1. What do you mean I can’t use Wikipedia?: What High School Students Need to Know about College Libraries and Research
    Amanda Hartman
    Digital Services Librarian, JSRCC
  • 2. Librarians are your friends
    Become familiar with the librarians
    Learn to ask for help
    In-person
    Phone
    Online
    Free Workshops
    Don’t give up
  • 3. Terminology
    Catalog
    Search for books, videos, audiobooks and other items in your library’s collection
    Databases
    Search for articles in collections only accessible through your school
    Many different ones with different content
    Scholarly literature
    The difference between magazines and journals and when they’re appropriate to use
  • 4. Do Not Be Afraid!
    Some college libraries are large
    Many use Library of Congress Classification instead of Dewey
    Closed vs Open Stacks
    Electronic and Print resources
  • 5. Research
    You will have to use the library for research
    Start early to give yourself plenty of time
    Interlibrary Loan
    Know what resources are available
    Print, electronic, online
  • 6. Internet vs the Library
    Google vs. Google Scholar
    Why databases might be better places to look for articles
    Why wikipedia should not be cited
    How to evaluate internet resources
    “Following the footnotes”
  • 7. Citation
    Why do we cite?
    The major different formats
    APA
    MLA
    Chicago/Turabian
    Online guides as well as print books to help
  • 8. Plagiarism
    What is it?
    Taking information you obtained and presenting it as your own, purposefully or accidentally.
    Repercussions
    How to avoid?
    Proper citation
    Understanding quotes and paraphrasing
  • 9. Silly Little Things
    Nobody is going to hold your hand
    How to print multiple slides on one page in PowerPoint
    Pay attention to overdue materials – the college can withhold diplomas and transcripts for missing items

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