TSEM Cooper Fall 2012 Session 2

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TSEM Cooper Fall 2012 Session 2

  1. 1. TSEM 102 RESEARCH BASICS: KEYWORDS AND EVALUATION Laksamee Putnam lputnam@towson .edu Research andPlease login to the computer, then open a browser and go to: Instruction http://bit.ly/TSEMcooper2012kw Librarian
  2. 2. FIRST… Laksamee Putnam lputnam@towson.edu Cook Library Reference:  410.704.2462.  IM/email Phone: 410.704.3746. Slides: http://bit.ly/TSEMcooper2012kw
  3. 3. TAKE AWAY… Readings Discussion Background reading/Internet searching Keywords and Connectors Evaluating Resources Come up with keywords! Slides: http://bit.ly/TSEMcooper2012kw
  4. 4. RESEARCH IS COMPLICATED  What are the pros and cons of so much information being online?  What do you do to be sure you’re finding more than “information junk food”?  How do you evaluate the information you find whilePrater, E. (2011) Beware online filter bubbles. TED: Ideas worth researching?spreading.http://www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_online_filter_bubbles.html  Why is it important toAppelbaum, Y. (2012). How the professor who fooled Wikipedia support your argument withgot caught by Reddit. The Atlantic. May 15. valid sources?http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/05/how-the-professor-who-fooled-wikipedia-got-caught-by-reddit/257134/#
  5. 5. WEB “PRE-SEARCHING”Why start your search online?  Find background information  Help solidify research topic  Find new terminology to use as keywords  Find links and/or citations to other sources
  6. 6. IMPROVE GOOGLEMayan Calendar AND myths Galileo Galilei AND Earth Advanced Google  Cook Library’s Guide to searching the Web  Power searching Duck Duck Go
  7. 7. TRY NEW FEATURES TO HELP BUILD YOUR KEYWORD LIST AND SEARCH STRATEGY. Keywords come from the search question Use Boolean “search connectors” to combine keywords in ways that capture the results you need
  8. 8. SEARCH TIP #1 Boolean “search connectors” AND OR NOTFor example:abacus AND Japan Combining >1 topicZellige OR Moorish tiling Combining synonymous terms
  9. 9. SEARCH TIP #2 Use truncation! Educat* finds  Educate  Education  Educating  Educator  Etc…
  10. 10. SEARCH TIP #3 Phrase Searching…  Use quotations to keep a keyword phrase intact (words will be searched in the specific order)  Examples:  “Roman numerals”  “school reform”
  11. 11. KEYWORDS ARE CRITICAL! Sample topic:  The role of zero in the development of mathematics First, break the question down into key concepts:  The role of zero in the development of mathematics
  12. 12. MORE ON KEYWORDS… Expand your list to include synonyms then add to it once you have done some background reading.  The role of zero in the development of mathematicszero development mathematic*null history numerical analysis algebra role
  13. 13. PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER… The role of zero in the development of mathematics zero development mathematic* null history numerical role algebra zero OR null AND development OR history OR role AND mathematic* OR numerical OR algebra
  14. 14. EVALUATE WHAT YOU FIND Go to one of the websites below and analyze it  http://bit.ly/cosmicweb1  http://bit.ly/cosmicweb2  http://bit.ly/cosmicweb3  http://bit.ly/cosmicweb4  http://bit.ly/cosmicweb5  http://bit.ly/cosmicweb6  http://bit.ly/cosmicweb7
  15. 15. CHECK FOR CRAPCurrencyReliabilityAuthorityPurpose/Point of View
  16. 16. CHECK FOR CRAP Currency  How recent is the information?  Can you locate a date when the resource was written/created/updat ed?  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
  17. 17. 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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/schnappi/5930145952/sizes/l/in/photostream/ information?Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library
  18. 18. CHECK FOR CRAP  Authority  Can you determine who the author/creator is?  What are their credentials (education, affiliation, experience, 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
  19. 19. 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, entertain or persuade http://www.flickr.com/photos/cogdog/5484085301/sizes/m/ in/photostream/Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library
  20. 20. BEGIN YOUR OWN RESEARCH Come up with key concepts/keywords for your topic Search for initial information on websites Fill out this worksheet  Google Doc Worksheet Next class:  Watch TED video and prepare for in-class discussion  Use your keywords to find books/articles
  21. 21. QUESTIONS? Feel free to contact me:  Laksamee Putnam  lputnam@towson.edu  410.704.3746. Or any reference librarian:  Visit Cook Library Reference Desk  410.704.2462.  IM – tucookchat

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