Google? Wikipedia? Friends/Family? Teachers? Librarians?No matter where you start, the search for information isn’t linear. You might start with one question then figure out it’s too broad and there is too much information out there. You might start with something that is too narrow and you can’t seem to find anything about it. In any case, when you start your search you can do somethings to prepare.
First go over Cook Library Website Help locations: Need Help, Ask a Librarian Quick Tools: Off campus login, Journal List, Help GuidesCatalogs – Towson, USMAI, Worldcat TU Search Bed bug -> Books: Insect How many articles? Look at entry Cite feature
Databases are more efficient!
TOPS - Orientation 2012
TOPS Orientation – Library and Research Basics LAKSAMEE PUTNAM LPUTNAM@TOWSON.EDU RESEARCH AND INSTRUCTION LIBRARIAN Please login to the computer, then open a browser and go to: http://bit.ly/TOPSslides2012
Take away… Where are you? Search strategies and Search tips Evaluate the information Finding books/articles in the Cook Library Viral Video Research
Where do you go to find answers?http://bit.ly/TOPSpoll2012
Preparing to Search Articulate your topic Choose important ideas Identify keywords Find background information Reference books Websites Gather, organize and narrow it down http://youtu.be/HE4FJL2IDEs
Search Tips Boolean “search connectors” Mammals AND Evolution Climate Change OR Global warming
Search Tips Similar ideas … different Truncation words Technolog* Phone Technolog-y Cellphone Technolog-ist Cell phone Technolog-ical Cellular telephone Technolog-ically Wireless phone Mobile Smartphone
Peer-reviewed articles in multipleSearching journalsDatabasesCook Library Journals Towson: 235 journals with the wordSubject Gateways Biology in the title Biology Chemistry Databases Academic Search Premier Computer Science ScienceDirect MB3 Scopus etc
Viral Video Research View a list of the possible videos here: http://bit.ly/TOPSviral2012 After choosing a video research it in the same way we did for “Charlie Bit My Finger” Fill out the form here while researching your video: http://bit.ly/TOPSws2012 Extra time? Fill out the form for another video!