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Information Skills for College

Beyond Google: Specialized Search Engines
ENG 112 Library Workshop 2
What will you learn about?
• Session I:
– Internet information sources
– Which are free sources
• Session II:
– Scholarly ...
Recap of last workshop

clicking

Critical

random

purposeful

easy

depth
Strategies  researcher
1. Understand how search engines works
2. Use some advanced search strategies in
Google and read U...
Read URLs for
publishing motive
Popular Top-Level
Domains (TLDs)
.com

(a company, usually based in U.S.)

.edu

(colleges and universities in U.S.)

.org...
Going Deeper
*New* Strategy:
Specialized Search
*New* Strategy: Questions
Compare two sources
Source 1: [type name of article]
Source 2: [type name of article]
i.
ii.
iii.
iv.

Compare the two, us...
Always ask these questions
1. Who is the author or creator? (credibility)
2. What do you know about the author/creator? (c...
Characteristic

Article 1

Article 2

Criteria for “Scholarly”
Characteristic

Scholarly

Popular

(e.g. Journal of Modern Literature, English
Literature in Transition)

(e.g. New York ...
What’s Popular and
Who are These Scholars?
How to Search for Articles
1) Library Home Page>
Search Everything and Beyond

2) Library Home Page >
Research Section > e...
eResources Recommendations
Find popular & scholarly articles:
Academic Search Premier
ProQuest Research Library
CQ Researc...
For help with research ask your information coaches – Marymount librarians!

Walk-in Help:
E-mail:
Phone:
Text:

all the h...
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Eng112 Library Workshop 2

  1. 1. Information Skills for College Beyond Google: Specialized Search Engines ENG 112 Library Workshop 2
  2. 2. What will you learn about? • Session I: – Internet information sources – Which are free sources • Session II: – Scholarly information sources – Which are not free, library pays $$
  3. 3. Recap of last workshop clicking Critical random purposeful easy depth
  4. 4. Strategies  researcher 1. Understand how search engines works 2. Use some advanced search strategies in Google and read URLs 3. Begin asking questions about what you read (*today) 4. Try a specialized, human built search engine (*today)
  5. 5. Read URLs for publishing motive
  6. 6. Popular Top-Level Domains (TLDs) .com (a company, usually based in U.S.) .edu (colleges and universities in U.S.) .org (non-profits and charities, typically) .gov (U.S. government) .int (international orgs, United Nations) .ca (Oh Canada!) .eu (European Union organizations) AND every country has its own domain (like .CA)
  7. 7. Going Deeper
  8. 8. *New* Strategy: Specialized Search
  9. 9. *New* Strategy: Questions
  10. 10. Compare two sources Source 1: [type name of article] Source 2: [type name of article] i. ii. iii. iv. Compare the two, using the worksheet to do so. Skim read: What characteristics would compare them along? After comparing, would you use either source in your paper? Why (or why not) and how? Discuss with your group.
  11. 11. Always ask these questions 1. Who is the author or creator? (credibility) 2. What do you know about the author/creator? (credibility) 3. Who is publishing or sponsoring the site? (credibility) 4. What is the information itself like? (accuracy/depth) 5. When was the information published? (currency)
  12. 12. Characteristic Article 1 Article 2 Criteria for “Scholarly”
  13. 13. Characteristic Scholarly Popular (e.g. Journal of Modern Literature, English Literature in Transition) (e.g. New York Times, Newsweek, Nat’l Geographic) Purpose Informs, shares original research Entertains, may also inform Audience Students, researchers, and others academics General public, those without specialized knowledge Author Researchers and other experts in the field Often written by reporters of other paid staff writers Length More in-depth, more details and evidence Usually short, provides summary References Tells you where the information came from Doesn’t usually share information sources Review Process Criteria for Editor reviews it, but not “Scholarly” Peer reviewed; only articles of superior quality published a panel of experts
  14. 14. What’s Popular and Who are These Scholars?
  15. 15. How to Search for Articles 1) Library Home Page> Search Everything and Beyond 2) Library Home Page > Research Section > eResources Search under “Articles” section Choose a search engine (aka database) under “Go More In-Depth What’s the difference between (1) and (2)? 1) Good to use when you are getting started on your research. It gives access to ~70% of our articles (but can be tricky to use at times). 2) Requires a few extra steps in that you need to go to a different page and choose from a list of options. CQ Researcher which is great for freshmen won’t appear in the search results of 1). You’ll also get access to CQ Researcher & the other 30% of articles.
  16. 16. eResources Recommendations Find popular & scholarly articles: Academic Search Premier ProQuest Research Library CQ Researcher Opposing Viewpoints
  17. 17. For help with research ask your information coaches – Marymount librarians! Walk-in Help: E-mail: Phone: Text: all the hours we are open library@marymountcalifornia.edu 310-303-7260 (424) 241-2489

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