WRIT 312 Spring 2011


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WRIT 312 Spring 2011

  1. 1. Laksamee Putnam<br />lputnam@towson.edu<br />Research & Instruction Librarian<br />WRIT 312:Finding information using Cook Library Resources<br />
  2. 2. First…<br />Laksamee Putnam<br />lputnam@towson.edu<br />Cook Library Reference:<br />410.704.2462.<br />IM/email<br />Phone: 410.704.3746.<br />Twitter: @LibrarianLaks<br />
  3. 3. Take away…<br />Introduction to Library Resources<br />Search Tips<br />Places to get started<br />Evaluating Sources<br />Citation Help<br />
  4. 4. 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 />The Research Process<br />
  5. 5. Library Homepage<br />Main website<br />Off campus login<br />Journal List<br />Catalogs<br />Need help/Ask a Librarian<br />Course Gateway<br />Research -> Course Gateways -> Select a Course (WRIT 312)<br />Encyclopedia of Scientific Principles, Laws and Theories<br />
  6. 6. Search Tips<br />Boolean “search connectors”<br />Stephen Hawking AND Physics<br />seismoscopeOR seismometer<br />
  7. 7. Search Tips<br />Truncation<br />Technolog*<br />Technolog-y<br />Technolog-ist<br />Technolog-ical<br />Technolog-ically<br />Be careful where you put the truncation symbol!<br />
  8. 8. Search Tips<br />What is a peer reviewed article?<br />Reviewed by scientific experts in the field<br />Provides more credibility<br />Image taken from The Publication Cycle and Scientific Research tutorial<br />
  9. 9. Scholarly Articles<br />Popular Articles<br />Multiple authors<br />Authors affiliated with a university<br />Numerous references<br />An abstract<br />At least several pages in length<br />Single author with no credentials<br />No citations<br />Non-technical language<br />Lots of pictures<br />Short length<br />Search Tips<br />Check out this video help guide for more info!<br />
  10. 10. Searching for Scholarly Articles<br />Most efficient way: Cook Library Databases<br />Academic Search Premier<br />Science Citation Index<br />Science Direct<br />Historical Abstracts<br />
  11. 11. Database Search Demo<br />Course gateway for WRIT 312<br />Academic Search Premier<br />Choose Databases <br />Historical Abstracts, GeoRef<br />Topic: Seismometer<br />
  12. 12. Web Source Issue #1: Quality<br />Evaluation<br />Authority/Authorship – Determine who is responsible for the information. What are his/her credentials?<br />Currency – Is the information current and up-to-date? Is there a publication date?<br />Objectivity – Is there any bias? What is the purpose of the web page (to inform or to persuade)? <br />Scope – Are sources cited? Is the subject covered in depth?<br />Usability – Is the site easy to navigate? Are spelling and grammar correct?<br />
  13. 13. Searching the Web<br />Try different search engines<br />Google Scholar<br />Scirus<br />Vadlo<br />Limit to .gov or .edu<br />For example, you can usually search “topic” + .gov<br />“transmission electron microscope” .gov<br />
  14. 14. Why is it important to cite your sources?<br />Allows your readers to verify and identify where the information and ideas in your paper originated<br />Gives credit to the owners of the ideas (not plagiarizing)<br />Get credit for your own ideas<br />Required for assignment<br />http://icanhascheezburger.com/2007/09/12/copy-cat/<br />
  15. 15. Paraphrasing<br />Using an idea and putting it in your own words…(sentence by sentence)<br />Avoid “paraphrase plagiarism”--where your paraphrase is too similar to original source<br />Using a thesaurus ≠ your own writing<br />Remember to cite! A paraphrase must always be documented.<br />Avoid cutting and pasting anything but what you use as direct quotes.<br />
  16. 16. APA Citing Resources<br />Cook Library – Citing Sources<br /><ul><li>http://cooklibrary.towson.edu/styleGuides.cfm</li></ul>OWL<br />http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/<br />
  17. 17. Worksheet!<br />Answer the various questions as you:<br />Do the guided search<br />Find a scholarly article on your scientific instrument<br />Create a citation for your article<br />Ask if you have questions!<br />
  18. 18. Questions?<br />Feel free to contact me:<br />Laksamee Putnam<br />lputnam@towson.edu<br />410.704.3746.<br />Twitter: @LibrarianLaks<br />Or any reference librarian:<br />Visit Cook Library Reference Desk<br />410.704.2462.<br />IM – tucookchat<br />