Database training for HSC school classes presented by Andrew Gee

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Database training for HSC school classes presented by Andrew Gee

  1. 1. Database Training for HSCSchool classesWollongong City Libraries2013
  2. 2. Summary• Wollongong City Libraries promotion & training ofDatabase resources to local HSC school classes,delivered in school computer rooms & classrooms.March/April 2013• (5 schools/13 sessions/158 students)• Program previously run 2011-12delivered in central library public meeting room & FamilyFriendly computer room.(2 schools/4 sessions/30 students)
  3. 3. Aim• The program aimed at promoting database use to localschool students who do not have access to databasesthrough their local school libraries.
  4. 4. Program design• Based on previous successful 2011/12 program• Changed in 2013 to include delivery in the schools• Benefits:- Make use of school computer labs & internet- Classes don’t need to travel to library- School staff available to assist- Familiar surrounds for students
  5. 5. Promotion• Letters addressed to secondary school TeacherLibrarians throughout the LGA• Contact person at each Branch• Option to either bring classes to the libraries (8 studentsmax) or have us visit them
  6. 6. Letter to schoolsDear Teacher LibrarianSENIOR HIGH SCHOOL – DATABASE PROGRAMWollongong City Library would like to invite students from your current Year 12 to attenda database demonstration and hands on workshop. The dates for these workshopswill be in March 2013.Groups of students can learn how to effectively use Library databases. They will view a30 minute PowerPoint presentation on search strategies and have a further 60minutes to research their topics using computers. This program aims at promotingdatabases to local students who do not have access to these databases through theirschool library. The program will also outline other points of access and resources forHSC students.The subject areas covered effectively by Wollongong City Library databases are English,PDHPE, Society and Culture, Art, Science, History and Geography. Databases areexcellent sources of information for PIPs. Teachers will need to forward student’sassignment topics to a Library contact person at least one week prior to their visit toallow adequate preparation. We will need to use a data projector and students willneed computers with Internet access if we are visiting the school to run thesesessions.[Etc]
  7. 7. Q1. School? Number Q2. Year? Q3. Class? Q4. Gender Q5. Trainer/sWoonona High 10 12 Society & Culture 10 FemaleShareyneJanelleSmiths Hill High 7 12 Extension History 5 Female 2 Male Janelle AndrewSmiths Hill High 11 11 Geography 7 Female 3 Male Janelle AndrewWollongong High 12 12 Society & Culture 9 Female 3 Male Janelle ClaraWollongong High 15 11 Legal Studies 11 Female 4 Male Janelle ClaraWollongong High 13 11 Society & Culture 12 Female 1 Male Janelle ClaraWollongong High 11 11 Geography 6 Female 5 Male Andrew JanelleWollongong High 12 11AdvancedEnglish 6 Female 6 Male Janelle ClaraCorrimal High 14 11 Ancient History 10 Female 4 Male JanelleSmiths Hill High 19 11 Modern History 10 Female 9 Male Janelle AndrewCorpus Christi High 13 12 Society & Culture 7 Female 6 Male Julie JanelleCorpus Christi High 12 12 Extension English 7 Female 5 Male Julie JanelleSmiths Hill High 9 12 Society & Culture 8 Female 1 Male Andrew ClaraTotals 5 158 13 102 56
  8. 8. Session Structure• 5 Library staff, working in pairs at each session.• Previous contact with teacher to get list of student research topics –be prepared• Standard Training Plan, customised for different classes (egGeography, History, English, Society & Culture)• PowerPoint presentation - 30 mins - basic demo, how-to intro withscreendumps• Live search examples – demo example topics• Student research time - 60 mins – trainers available to assist
  9. 9. HSC Database and Online Resources Lesson PlanLesson plan for: Database Training ProgramLearning Outcomes:By the end of the session the participants will be able to:1. Know what a Database is and the benefits of searching one.2. Know how to identify keywords in a topic.3. Understand how Boolean operators work.4. Know how to access other Online resources from the Library Website5. Have relevant academic articles on their specific topics to take away.Materials/Resources: Trainer: Database PPT presentation, PCs withInternet access, Data Projector, Copies of training notesStudent Handouts: Database Information sheet, Keyword Search Sheet,PPT handout, Evaluation sheets.Lesson Planning
  10. 10. Evaluation• Session feedback form given to each student (158responses)• 157 positive comments!• 155 indicated they would use the databases in the future
  11. 11. How would you rate the overallcourse? (158 responses)01020304050607080Excellent AboveAverageAverage BelowAveragePoorStudents
  12. 12. 1. Relevance, time saving, academic2. Databases - introduction to them -very helpful with research3. The one on one contact4. Help with my PIP topic - givenadvice on how to search and what tosearch5. Learning how to use the databasesand find information on my specifictopic6. Accessing the online databases7. Helped one on one with research8. How to find relevant informationand how we learnt how to properlyuse searching9. The information provided10. Clear instructions, very helpful11. Useful to actually know and USE newdatabases12. Finding out about databasesavailable at Wollongong Library13. It was very clear and provided mewith excellent results14. Learned how to use Databases15. Useful, gave alternative options,broadened research skills16. Truncation, searching tips, key words17. Wide range of resources that will beuseful for a wide range of subjects18. Introducing us to programs andteaching us how to use them19. Helped understand how I could getgreat resources20. So much information - useful forresearching in future21. Telling us how to search and helpingWhat did you like most about the course?(158 comments total)
  13. 13. Database InformationDatabase InformationHelpful tips, useful databases andHelpful tips, useful databases andhow to access them.how to access them.
  14. 14. What is a database?What is a database? Databases are indexes of journal,Databases are indexes of journal,magazine and newspaper articles.magazine and newspaper articles. They are excellent sources of recentThey are excellent sources of recentinformation.information. Many are full text.Many are full text. They tell you in what issue an article onThey tell you in what issue an article onyour topic appears in.your topic appears in.
  15. 15. How do I access databases?How do I access databases? Free at home access is available from theFree at home access is available from theWollongong Library web page using yourWollongong Library web page using yourLibrary card.Library card.www.wollongong.nsw.gov.auwww.wollongong.nsw.gov.au Free at home access from the StateFree at home access from the StateLibrary using your State Library card.Library using your State Library card.www.sl.nsw.gov.auwww.sl.nsw.gov.au
  16. 16. Search TermsSearch TermsSearch TermSearch Term Alternative Search TermAlternative Search TermHealthHealth MedicalMedicalSmokingSmoking Drugs, TobaccoDrugs, TobaccoAboriginalAboriginal IndigenousIndigenousYouthYouth Teenagers, Young Adults,Teenagers, Young Adults,AdolescentAdolescentExplain and discuss the health issues of smoking for Aboriginal youth.
  17. 17. Boolean OperatorsBoolean OperatorsANDAND Operator – All terms are present, theOperator – All terms are present, thebest way tobest way to narrow downnarrow down your searchyour searchDocuments that talk about both cats and dogs
  18. 18. Where do I start?Where do I start? ABI/Inform, ANZ Newstand (ProquestABI/Inform, ANZ Newstand (Proquest) –) –International coverage, large databaseInternational coverage, large database APAFTAPAFT – Full text, Australian– Full text, Australian ANZ Reference CentreANZ Reference Centre – Full text,– Full text,Australian books, journal and newspaperAustralian books, journal and newspaperarticlesarticles Academic Search EliteAcademic Search Elite –– Full text,Full text,International, large databaseInternational, large database
  19. 19. APAFT SearchAPAFT SearchAustralian Public Affairs Full TextAustralian Public Affairs Full Text
  20. 20. APAFT Search ResultsAPAFT Search Results
  21. 21. APAFT Full Text ArticleAPAFT Full Text Article
  22. 22. ANZ Reference Centre ResultsANZ Reference Centre Results
  23. 23. Database Searching HintsDatabase Searching Hints International Databases remember to addInternational Databases remember to addAustraliaAustralia as a search term for Australianas a search term for Australiantopicstopics PutPut OROR searches in brackets (Youth orsearches in brackets (Youth orAdolescen*) if there are no boxesAdolescen*) if there are no boxes Be aware of differences in spellingBe aware of differences in spellingorganisationorganisation oror organizationorganization
  24. 24. Library HomepageLibrary Homepagewww.wollongong.nsw.gov.au/librarywww.wollongong.nsw.gov.au/libraryClick herefor onlineresources

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