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  • ISTC 201 - Web Pre-searching and Keywords

    1. 1. Laksamee Putnam<br /><br />Research & Instruction Librarian<br />ISTC 201: Using Information Effectively <br />
    2. 2. Comics Studio with Ellen Forney<br />Thursday October 13th, 2011<br />2-3:30PM<br />Cook Library 507 – Towson room<br />Cartoonist Ellen Forney, the mind behind the comics and artwork in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, will teach participants how to develop their own comic art, including text and illustration. Attendance is limited to 25 students; please contact Patricia MacDonald, Cook Library, to register.<br />
    3. 3. Comics: The Extraordinary Power of Words and Pictures<br />Thursday October 13th, 2011<br />7-8:30PM<br />University Union - Potomac Lounge<br />Comics are enjoying a new respect as a compelling literary medium. Join Ellen Forney, creator of the art in this year’s One Maryland One Book selection, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, as she enthuses about their quirky appeal in a presentation about both her solo projects and her work with the novel.<br />
    4. 4. First…<br />Laksamee Putnam<br /><br />Cook Library Reference:<br />410.704.2462.<br />IM/email<br />Phone: 410.704.3746.<br />Twitter: @CookLibraryofTU<br />Albert S. Cook facebook profile!<br />
    5. 5. Take away…<br />Research Process Overview<br />General search strategy<br />Brainstorming keywords<br />
    6. 6. The Research Process<br />Interpreting the <br />Assignment<br />Selecting a Topic<br />Identifying & Listing Vocabulary<br />Reading Background Information<br />Refining a Topic<br />Using Online Databases<br />& Indexes<br />Citing Sources<br />Evaluating Sources<br />Gathering Sources<br />Drafting Paper or Presentation<br />
    7. 7. research skills ≠ needle in the haystack<br />
    8. 8. Web “Pre-Searching”<br />Why or why not start your search online?<br />Respond here: <br />
    9. 9. Web “Pre-Searching”<br />Why not start your search online?<br />The Invisible Web<br /><br />Can you trust this information?<br />TED video:<br />Online filter bubble – Eli Pariser<br /><br />
    10. 10. Web “Pre-Searching”<br />Why start your search online?<br />Find background information<br />Help solidify research topic<br />Find new terminology to use as keywords<br />Find links and/or citations to other sources<br />
    11. 11. Identify Subject Gateways, Course Gateways for your course or topic…<br />
    12. 12. Cook Library’s Course and Subject Gateways<br />
    13. 13. … and other familiar tools to identify websites with academic content.<br />Source:<br />Source:<br />
    14. 14. Try new features to help build your keyword list and search strategy.<br />Keep this in mind!<br />Any topic might include various facets that you might want to explore and consider as you clarify your topic at the beginning of the research process.<br />
    15. 15. Search Terms and Keyword Reminders<br />Keywords come from the search question<br />Use Boolean “search connectors” to combine keywords in ways that capture the results you need<br />
    16. 16. Good searching starts with good keywords<br />Boolean “search connectors”ANDORNOTFor example: <br />internet ANDchildren<br />Combining >1 topic<br />instruct ORteach<br />Combining synonymous terms<br />
    17. 17. Search Tip #1<br />Use AND when you need to combine more than one topic<br />Innovation AND education<br />education<br />innovation<br />
    18. 18. Search Tip #2<br />Use OR to combine synonymous terms (to get results regardless of what term an author uses).<br />Go here and post a few more!<br />teach<br />instruct<br />
    19. 19. Search Tip #3<br />Use truncation!<br />Educat* finds<br />Educate<br />Education<br />Educating<br />Educator<br />Etc…<br />
    20. 20. Search Tip #4<br />Phrase Searching…<br />Use quotations to keep a keyword phrase intact (words will be searched in the specific order)<br />Examples:<br />“No Child Left Behind”<br />“school reform”<br />
    21. 21. Keywords are critical!<br />Sample topic:<br />What are some ways elementary teachers can assess whether a certain technology solution is effective?<br />First, break the question down into keywords:<br />What are some ways elementary teachers can assess whether a certain technology solution is effective?<br />
    22. 22. More on keywords…<br />Expand your list to include synonyms then add to it once you have done some background reading.<br /><ul><li>What are some ways elementary teachers can assess whether a certain technology solution is effective?</li></ul>teach*assess*technolog*<br />learn evaluat* comput*<br />strateg* test* [software name]<br />method gauge <br />instruct*<br />
    23. 23. Putting it all together…<br /><ul><li>What are some ways elementary teachers can assess whether a certain technology solution is effective?</li></ul>teach*<br />instruct*<br />method*<br />learn*<br />assess*<br />evaluate*<br />test* <br />technolog*<br />comput*<br />[software name]<br />teach* OR instruct* OR method* OR learn*<br />AND<br />assess* OR evaluate* OR test* <br />AND<br />technolog* OR comput* OR kidspiration<br />
    24. 24. Searching for academic content<br />Articulate your topic by choosing important ideas<br />Brainstorm<br />Ideas  Concept Map  Terminology/Keywords<br />Dig for the content<br />EVALUATE!<br />
    25. 25. Fill in your own keywords<br />Come up with the keywords for your own search<br />Fill in the worksheet<br />Go do your own web pre-searching<br />Find one “bad” website and find one “good” website, explain how you found it and why you consider it a good/bad resource.<br />
    26. 26. Questions?<br />Feel free to contact me:<br />Laksamee Putnam<br /><br />410.704.3746.<br />Twitter: @CookLibraryofTU<br />Or any reference librarian:<br />Visit Cook Library Reference Desk<br />410.704.2462.<br />IM – tucookchat<br />