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COSC 111 Sp 2012 (B)

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COSC 111 Sp 2012 (B)

  1. 1. COSC 111: Finding InformationUsing Cook Library LAKSAMEE PUTNAM LPUTNAM@TOWSON.EDU RESEARCH AND INSTRUCTION LIBRARIAN
  2. 2. First… Laksamee Putnam lputnam@towson.edu Cook Library Reference:  410.704.2462.  IM/email Phone: 410.704.3746. Twitter: @CookLibraryofTU Albert S. Cook facebook profile!
  3. 3. On the side … Library Book Sale  April 1st – April 6th Mark Bowden talk  Author of “Black Hawk Down”  April 11th, 6-7:30PM, West Village Commons 404 “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”  Book Club  April 19th, 12:30-1:30, Cook 507
  4. 4. Take Away… Evaluate Resources Search strategies and Search tips Finding books: Cook Library Catalog Finding articles: Databases http://www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_online_filter_bubbles.html
  5. 5. Evaluate Check for CRAP  Examples Currency  http://bit.ly/cosmicweb1 Reliability  http://bit.ly/cosmicweb2 Authority http://bit.ly/cosmicweb3 Purpose/Point of View 
  6. 6. Check for CRAP  Currency  How recent is the information?  Can you locate a date when the resource was written/created/updated?  Based on your topic, is this current enough?  Why might the date matter for your topic? http://www.flickr.com/photos/helloeveryone123/393737419 3/sizes/m/in/photostream/Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library
  7. 7. Check for CRAP  Reliability  What kind of information is included in the resource?  Does the author provide citations & references for quotations & data  Where are you accessing this information? http://www.flickr.com/photos/schnappi/5930145952/sizes/l/in/photostream/Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library
  8. 8. Check for CRAP  Authority  Can you determine who the author/creator is?  What are their credentials (education, affiliation, exp erience, etc.)?  Who is the publisher or sponsor of the work/site?  Is this publisher/sponsor reputable http://rantchick.com/a-doctrine-on-respect/Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library
  9. 9. Check for CRAP  Purpose/Point of View  Is the content primarily opinion?  Is the information balanced or biased?  What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, teach, sell, enterta in or persuade http://www.flickr.com/photos/cogdog/5484085301/sizes/m /in/photostream/Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library
  10. 10. Preparing to Search Articulate your topic Brainstorm Strategize where to search
  11. 11. research skills ≠ needle in the haystack
  12. 12. Technology Brainstorming What kinds of (information) technologies? Technologies used to achieve specific goals  Encourage communication or learning, etc. Targeted towards certain populations  Business or college students, etc.
  13. 13. Search Terms and Keyword Reminders Keywords come from the search question Use Boolean “search connectors” to combine keywords in ways that capture the results you need Use broader terms/concepts when looking for BOOKS. Use narrower terms when looking for ARTICLES.
  14. 14. Formulating a Keyword Search1. Choose a Topic
  15. 15. Formulating a Keyword Search1. Choose a Topic  The success of Apple products
  16. 16. Formulating a Keyword Search2. Narrow/Broaden your search
  17. 17. Formulating a Keyword Search2. Narrow/Broaden your search  How Apple created and marketed its products successfully
  18. 18. Formulating a Keyword Search3. Identify the key concepts
  19. 19. Formulating a Keyword Search3. Identify the key concepts  Apple  Marketing  Created  Products  Success
  20. 20. Formulating a Keyword Search4. Consider synonyms/alternative spellings for terms  Apple  Products  Marketing  Success  Created
  21. 21. Formulating a Keyword Search4. Consider synonyms/alternative spellings for terms  Apple  Products  Apple Inc.  Brand  Mac  Invention  Marketing  Iphone  Market  Advertise  Success  Retail  Achievement  Created  Fortune  Innovate  Fame  Design  Progress  Build
  22. 22. Similar ideas….different words Cellphone Cell phone Cellular telephone Wireless phone Mobile Smartphone
  23. 23. Formulating a Keyword Search5. Formulate your search utilizing various combinations of your words  String them together using AND/OR/NOT  Truncate *  Phrase Searching
  24. 24. Formulating a Keyword Search6. Limit your search  Appropriate date range  Subject  Publication type
  25. 25. Good searching starts with good keywords Boolean “search connectors” AND OR NOTFor example:spam AND internet security • Combining >1 topicOLED OR organic light emitting diodes • Combining synonymous terms
  26. 26. What AND does…spam AND internet security
  27. 27. What OR does… organic light OLED emitting diodesOLED OR organic light emitting diodes
  28. 28. Don’t forget: Truncation helpstechnolog* finds… technolog y technolog ies technolog ists technolog ical technolog ically …etc!
  29. 29. Phrase Searching Use quotations to keep a keyword phrase intact (words will be searched in the specific order)  Examples:  “Bank of America”  “Cisco Systems”
  30. 30. Putting it all together… How Apple created and marketed its products successfully? Apple Market* Success “Apple Inc.” advertise innovate Mac retail progress Apple OR “Apple Inc.” OR Mac AND market* OR advertise OR retail AND success OR innovate OR progress
  31. 31. Search Terms and Keyword Reminders Keywords come from the search question Use Boolean “search connectors” to combine keywords in ways that capture the results you need Use broader terms/concepts when looking for BOOKS. Use narrower terms when looking for ARTICLES.
  32. 32. Finding Books Towson Catalog  Collection and Call Number USMAI Combined Catalog  Requests TU WorldCat Interlibrary Loan (Illiad)
  33. 33.  From:  Scholarly JournalsSearching  Magazines (inc. Trade Publications)Databases  NewspapersCook Library  Peer-reviewed articles in multipleSubject Gateways journals  JournalsComputer Science  Towson: 64 journals with the words “Computer Science” in the title  Databases  Computer Science Index: 500 journals on a variety of topics
  34. 34. Let’s start searching! Come up with keywords for your topic Find a website – Check for CRAP Find a book – Check for CRAP Find an article – Check for CRAP As you are finding information on your topic please fill in the Google Doc worksheet  http://bit.ly/cosc111sp12b
  35. 35. Questions? Feel free to contact me:  Laksamee Putnam  lputnam@towson.edu  410.704.3746.  Twitter: @LibrarianLaks Or any reference librarian:  Visit Cook Library Reference Desk  410.704.2462.  IM – tucookchat

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