INF 100 Tutorial


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This is a presentation that I prepared and delivered to students enrolled in the Bachelor's-level Information Studies programme offered by Charles Stur University.

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INF 100 Tutorial

  1. 1. Subject FoundationsINF 100 Tutorial 1Chris
  2. 2. Learning OutcomesBy the end of tonight’s session, you will be able to:Define the types of scholarly resources that you will be expected to use inyour assignments for this and future subjectsIdentify library search tools that will enable you to find such resourcesConstruct effective search strategies for use in library search toolsUnderstand why it is essential to apply citation style consistently
  3. 3. How you will learn today...Mini-lecturesGroup discussionsIn-class questions and exercises - answers to besubmitted via PollEverywhere using whatever smartdevices you have to hand...
  4. 4. Get set up for PollEverywhere!Go to:
  5. 5. A little bit about me...Graduated from CSU in 2008 with a Master of Library and InformationManagementAlso in 2008, began working at the Hong Kong Baptist University Libraryas an Information Services LibrarianFrom 2005 - 2008, worked in school libraries at two international schoolsin Hong Kong, primary and secondaryHave done tutorials for CSU / HKU SPACE since 2009
  6. 6. Enough about me! Let’s find outa bit more about you…What type of library / informationorganization do you work at?Submit your answer via PollEverywhere
  7. 7. Reminder - Forum activityIf you haven’t done so already, remember to post inthe CSU Interact forum and introduce yourself tothe Subject Coordinator and your colleagues inAustralia!
  8. 8. HKUSPACE SOULSPACE has its own E-Learningplatform called SOULI will use it only to post copiesof my presentations, and alsoto host a forum where you canquestions specific to HKstudentsHowever, you should primarilybe using CSU Interact
  9. 9. Scholarly Sources
  10. 10. Group DiscussionWhat types of information resources do you use whenresearching academic papers?Submit your answers via PollEverywhere
  11. 11. Assignment 1: Annotated bibliographyIn Assignment 1, you need to critically comment onfive scholarly resources:One bookThree scholarly journal articlesOne website
  12. 12. Peer reviewScholarly journal articles generallymust go through a process called“peer review” before publicationEnsures that the articles are ofhigh qualityA common form is “double-blind”peer review
  13. 13. Library Search Tools
  14. 14. e.g. LISTA(Library, Information Science, and Technology Abstracts)Indexes 560 core journalsDatabase BenefitsFocused searchQuality informationsourcesMost include full text orlinks to full textConcept:Search for information from many differentpublications at the same timeLibrary databases
  15. 15. Another option:Discovery serviceRelatively recent trend in librarysearchAllows access to the vastmajority of a library’s ownedand subscribed content via asingle search interfaceAll resource types included:books, journal articles,conference papers, etc.CSU Library subscribes toPrimo Search
  16. 16. Search Strategy
  17. 17. Search strategyTo be successful in finding relevant material, you need toemploy appropriate search strategy in Library search enginesPoor search strategy:importance of libraries in the information societyBetter search strategy:librar* AND (information society OR knowledge society)Let’s look at the steps to a successful search strategy...
  18. 18. Step 1: Identify keywordsSelect only those words that are relevant to the topic, i.e. libraries |information societyWatch out for tricky “soft” words like impact, relationship, effects, etc.What is the importance of libraries in the informationsociety?libraries information society
  19. 19. Step 2: Apply truncationUse truncation for variant word endings, e.g.:librar* will find library, libraries, librarian, etc.libraries information societylibrar* information society
  20. 20. Step 3: Think of synonymslibrar* information societyThe computer can’t do all your thinking for you! You need to tell it tosearch for relevant similar words (synonyms)You can use Boolean logic to combine similar terms into your searchstrategy, or simply multiple searches using different synonymslibrar* AND (information society OR knowledgesociety)
  21. 21. ExerciseCome up with an effective search strategy for the following topic:Why are university libraries developing learning commons?Submit your answers via PollEverywhereFocus on choosing the correct keywords and applying truncation appropriately,but it would be great if you can come up with synonyms too!
  22. 22. Live demo...Finding LISTA on the CSU Library websiteKeyword searchGetting fulltext of articles through SFX if necessary
  23. 23. Link Resolvers Explained!Citation information in database (e.g. LISTA) sent to linkresolverLink resolver (e.g. SFX) parses citation information andidentifies targets that contain full text and provides link(s)User can access the fulltext at the target fulltext repository(e.g. JSTOR, ScienceDirect, publisher platform)
  24. 24. Citation
  25. 25. Shows that you have done your research and readwidelyAllows your reader to find the original sourceAttractive bibliographies make your work look moreprofessionalEnsures you avoid committing “accidental”plagiarismWhy we cite
  26. 26. PlagiarismPlagiarism remains a serious problem inacademia - take some time to review theimportant information on this topiclocated on the CSU website:
  27. 27. APA ExamplesBookGorman, M. (2000). Our enduring values: Librarianship in the21st century. Chicago: American Library Association.Journal articleWallis, J. (2005). Cyberspace, information literacy and theinformation society. Library Review, 54(4), 218-222. doi:10.1108/00242530510593407
  28. 28. Citation Management ToolsSome tools exist that help streamline the citationprocessSuch tools are part of most major library databaseplatformsThey are NOT perfect - you must still check thecitation yourself for mistakesSome examples….
  29. 29. EBSCOhost
  30. 30. ProQuest
  31. 31. Online citation buildersFor materials you found outside of the Library, youwill need to construct the citation yourselfSome online tools exist to make this process easier- one example is NCSU Libraries Citation BuilderJust enter source information to produce citations -remember to select APA style first!Find it at:
  32. 32. SummaryMake sure that you are using books and scholarly journal articles, not justfor the first assignment but all of your assignments that you do at CSULibrary search tools such as databases and discovery services allow youto find relevant scholarly material easilyYou will find more relevant items in library search tools (and in Google) ifyou use effective search strategiesCorrect and consistent application of citation style is an integral part ofacademic writing - start developing good habits in this area now