Intro To Library Research

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Intro To Library Research

  1. 1. WELCOME
  2. 2. Research
  3. 3. Our Agenda Information Literacy The Research Process Research Resources
  4. 4. Information Literacy • Is not just a necessity, but a basic human right that promotes social inclusion in all nations. • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  5. 5. Critical Thinking Skills • the ability to reflect critically upon and evaluate their own research strategies, • the tools used, • the resources found • and the context in which the resources were produced.
  6. 6. Text Text Text Where do I begin?
  7. 7. Research Process 1. Find and develop a topic 2. Find background information 3. Find books about your topic 4. Find newspaper and journal articles about your topic 5. Find Websites 6. Evaluate what you find 7. Cite the material you use
  8. 8. Library As Portal
  9. 9. Most topics are way too big!
  10. 10. FIND AND DEVELOP A TOPIC • Narrow it down • Break it down to sub-topics • Remember assignment instructions • What am I interested in? • e.g. Global Warming
  11. 11. FIND BACKGROUND INFO • Learn general terms and context • Encyclopedia and Dictionaries • e.g. Encyclopedia of Global Environmental Change GE 149 E443 2002 • Check bibliographies (works cited, recommended resources, for more ideas)
  12. 12. FINDING BOOKS
  13. 13. FINDING ARTICLES • Newspapers and Magazines for popular views and info • Academic Journal Articles for the latest research • Peer Review/ Scholarly Journals
  14. 14. FINDING ARTICLES
  15. 15. EVALUATE WHAT YOU FIND • Author • Objective Reasoning • Date of Publication • Coverage • Edition or Revision • Writing Style • Publisher • Evaluative • Title of Journal Reviews • Intended Audience • http://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/ research/evaluate.html
  16. 16. INTERNET
  17. 17. • EVALUATING WEBSITES • World Trade Organization • Dihydrogen Monoxide • United Nations
  18. 18. LOOK FOR: • Accuracy of the web site • Authority • Objectivity • Currency • Coverage • http://www.uwindsor.ca/units/leddy/leddy.nsf/SearchTheWeb!OpenForm
  19. 19. Citing Your Sources
  20. 20. Writing Tools •APA and MLA Styles •Academic Writing Centre •Writing Help Page
  21. 21. Research Process 1. Find and develop a topic 2. Find background information 3. Find books about your topic 4. Find newspaper and journal articles about your topic 5. Find Websites 6. Evaluate what you find 7. Cite the material you use
  22. 22. Here’s An Example • Global Warming > • Alternative Energies > • Wind, Solar, Tidal, Thermal > • World > Canada • Trend: the use of solar energy in Canada
  23. 23. Library As Portal
  24. 24. Thank you!

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