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TSEM cooper researchfa2012

  1. 1. TSEM 102– LIBRARYAND RESEARCH BASICS Laksamee Putnam lputnam@towson .edu Research and Instruction Librarian
  2. 2. FIRST… Laksamee Putnam Cook Library Reference:  410.704.2462.  IM/email Phone: 410.704.3746. Slides:
  3. 3. TAKE AWAY… Readings Discussion Evaluate the information Keywords and Connectors Finding books/articles in the Cook Library Come up with keywords! Slides:
  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.  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?
  5. 5. EVALUATE WHAT YOU FIND Go to one of the websites below and analyze it       
  6. 6. 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? 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?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, experience, etc.)?  Who is the publisher or sponsor of the work/site?  Is this publisher/sponsor reputable 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, entertain or persuade in/photostream/Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library
  10. 10. PREPARING TO SEARCH Articulate your topic  Choose important ideas  Identify keywords Find background information  Reference books  Websites Gather, organize and narrow it down
  11. 11. KEYWORDS ARE CRITICAL! Sample topic:  What current technology improves disabled human mobility? First, break the question down into keywords:  What current technology improves disabled human mobility?
  12. 12. FORMULATING A KEYWORD SEARCHConsider synonyms/alternati ve spellings for terms  technology  prosthetic  bionic  automation  human  person  people  veteran/polio/child  mobility  paralyze  transportation  move  activity
  13. 13. SIMILAR IDEAS….DIFFERENT WORDSCellphoneCell phoneCellular telephoneWireless phoneMobileSmartphone
  14. 14. FORMULATING A KEYWORD SEARCHFormulate your search utilizing various combinations of yourwords  String them together using AND/OR/NOT  Truncate *  Phrase searching
  15. 15. BOOLEAN SEARCH CONNECTORS AND OR NOTFor example:spam AND internet security Combining >1 topicOLED OR organic light emitting diodes Combining synonymous terms
  16. 16. WHAT AND DOES…spam AND internet security
  17. 17. WHAT OR DOES… organic OLED light emitting diodesOLED OR organic light emitting diodes
  18. 18. DON’T FORGET: TRUNCATION HELPStechnolog* finds… technolog y technolog ies technolog ists technolog ical technolog ically …etc!
  19. 19. PHRASE SEARCHING Use quotations to keep a keyword phrase intact (words will be searched in the specific order)  Examples:  “Bank of America”  “Cisco Systems”
  20. 20. PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER… How Apple created and marketed its products successfully? Technology Human Mobility bionic person transport* prosthetic “disabled veteran” activ* technolog* OR bionic OR prosthetic AND human OR person OR “disabled veteran” AND mobility OR transport*OR activ*
  21. 21. IMPROVE GOOGLE sibling AND rivalry Advanced Google  Cook Library’s Guide to searching the Web  Power searching Duck Duck Go?
  22. 22. FINDING BOOKS Plenty of relevant information in print Use broad keywords Multiple places to search  Cook OneSearch  Library Catalog  USMAI Libraries
  25. 25. FINDING BOOKSTowson Catalog Collection and Call NumberUSMAI Combined Catalog RequestsInterlibrary Loan (Illiad)
  26. 26. FINDING ARTICLES Scholarly – Peer Reviewed Use specific keywords Utilized advanced search features Card Catalogue. [Photographer]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest.
  28. 28. FINDING ARTICLES Features to remember  Yellow Findit button  Citation creations  Email yourself Also as you are searching  Take a look at the article citations  Make note of additional keywords
  29. 29. START YOUR RESEARCH Start filling out this form:  Come up with keywords on your topic Next class:  Discussion on video  Additional research time for books/articles
  30. 30. QUESTIONS? Feel free to contact me:  Laksamee Putnam   410.704.3746. Or any reference librarian:  Visit Cook Library Reference Desk  410.704.2462.  IM – tucookchat