We need to evaluate ALL sources – websites, articles, and books.
What does it mean if a source is authoritative?
It is too long
You shouldn’t use it
That it is a reliable source to use
It should be destroyed
If a source is written for people in a particular field it is….
Introducing Databases! Week 6 What are they, why we use them, how we use them.
Fact: You know more about databases than you think.
Image: Creative Commons License, “Gamma-Ray Productions” Fact : You know more about databases than you think you do. Fact: Databases are awesome. Fact: Facebook is a database. Fact: iTunes is a database. Fact: Amazon is a database. Fact: There are databases that Harrison College subscribes to. Fact: Subscription databases contain published articles, business plans, court transcripts, & all kinds of other info. Fact: Databases are better than bears. But not beets.
Databases Image: Creative Commons License, “Danielle Scott” Fact : Databases are places where electronic information is stored. Fact: Some are available to anyone on the internet: Ebay, Amazon, Census.gov, IMDB, Google, Target Fact: Some are available to people with free membership: Myspace, Facebook, Couponing sites Fact: Some are available to people with a paid subscription: Academic search premier, LexisNexis, Opposing Viewpoints Fact: Harrison has paid for these subscriptions!!! Fact: ALL databases are the same in that they contain stored information that is retrievable by searching keywords. What varies is the type of information .
Why Search Databases?
Smaller “bucket” to begin from.
Published = someone else reviewed and edited
Access – you have to log in because these are subscriptions!
Better sources – but you still need to evaluate!
If you can use Facebook, you can use a database.
Facebook = Database Facebook = Giant collection of information that you know how to navigate Academic Databases = Giant collection of information that you don’t quite yet know how to navigate. (but you will!)
A list of records on Facebook. Do you get a lot of information here? How would I get more information on each person?
List of records in Academic Search Premier Do you get a lot of informationhere? How would I get more information on each item?
Vocab Break! Record
Vocab Break! Record Record = fancy way of saying “basic information on a particular item” On Facebook, a record is a profile that contains your basic information. In an article database, the record is where you will find the basic info on the book or article . Think of the item record as the “Item Profile”
A Facebook Profile = an Item Record You clicked on someone, and viola! WAY MORE INFO! Information Available: hometown, workplace, languages, current town, likes. These are Fields
A Facebook Profile = an Item Record You clicked on and item, and viola! WAY MORE INFO! Information Available: author, source, subject terms, volume, issue, pages. These are Fields
Vocab Break! FIELD
Vocab Break! FIELD Field = fancy way of saying “piece of info” When you fill out a form, you fill out fields: Name, marital status, address, phone number In an article database, the fields are about the article: Author, journal, date, volume, issue number This is the info you need to create APA citations!
A Facebook Tag = A Subject Heading What’s a Tag? What happens if I click on a tag?
A Facebook Tag = A Subject Heading What happens if I click on a subject heading?
Vocab Break! Subject Heading
Vocab Break! Subject Heading Subject heading = fancy way of saying “a way to group together things that are alike” When you tag on Facebook: You clump together things on the same person In an article database, subject headings Clump together articles on the same topic So if you find a subject heading on your topic and click on it, you are taken to a whole list of potential sources!
Facebook limiter = Databases limiter How do you narrow down search in Facebook? What happens if I click one of these boxes? Do more, or fewer results show up if I click one?
Facebook limiter = Databases limiter What happens if I click one of these boxes? Do more, or fewer results show up if I click one?
Vocab Break! Limiter/Filter
Vocab Break! Limiter/Filter Limiter or Filter = a fancy way of saying “ways to narrow your search” When you limit on Facebook: You look for people from JUST the same school or work, or town Whey you limit in a database: You look for items that are JUST scholarly, or from a certain year, or by a certain author You reduce the number of items in your search, so it’s easier to find what you’re looking for!
But Which one should I search?
But Which one should I search? SO MANY DATABASES! Pay attention to descriptions! Research guides! Ask! We will get to know several Harrison databases over the next few weeks. Familiarize yourself really well with 1 or 2, and make them your “go to” databases. My two? Academic search premier & Opposing Viewpoints.
But how do I get to them?
But how do I get to them?
But how do I use them?
One Minute Write Up
What would help your learning during online only weeks? (for example… more videos?)
Thoughts on our class meetings? Are they valuable to you? Anything you want from them that I’m not providing?