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English 1102 - Spring13

  1. 1. English 1102  Critically evaluate information using applicable criteria  Appropriately use information to fulfill the identified needEnglish 1102 is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.
  2. 2. Questions to ask yourself What do I want to know?  know your assignment How do I find what I need?  types of resources Is what I found right for me?  evaluate
  3. 3. Proper Planning Prevents… Brainstorm  Talkwith friends  Browse indexes, table of contents Define  Know your audience  Narrow vs. broad Identify  Main topic plus related concepts/ideas  List synonyms for each
  4. 4. Search Strategy Putting it all together  Connect your main topic with related terms  Be flexible with your combination of terms and synonyms
  5. 5. Boolean Operators AND = narrow AND is automatically used by Google and other search engines to combine terms OR = expand NOT = exclude
  6. 6. Search Terms Concept 1 Concept 2 Concept 3Main idea Subtopic Subtopic OR OR OR AND ANDSynonym Synonym Synonym OR OR ORSynonym Synonym Synonym • Use “ “ or ( ) to keep words together & in order • Connect different concepts with AND • Connect similar concepts with OR
  7. 7. Search Term Worksheet Concept 1 Concept 2 Concept 3“binge drinking” college impact OR OR OR AND AND(alcohol abuse) university result OR OR OR“excessive drinking” “higher education”
  8. 8. Know where to look Books Articles Online Resources
  9. 9. Books comprehensive information often a historical perspective find book titles in the CSU Catalog
  10. 10. CSU Catalog
  11. 11. Basic searchdifferent ideas connected with AND
  12. 12. Advanced search
  13. 13. Articles contemporary or new information narrowly focused perspective find articles in a database  citation  full-text
  14. 14. Articles
  15. 15. Articles Academic Search Complete covers many subjects with a high percentage of full-text articles
  16. 16. Academic Search Complete Select Advanced Search
  17. 17. different ideas connected with AND Search Strategy = “binge drinking” AND college AND impact
  18. 18. similar ideas connected with ORSearch Strategy = (“binge drinking” OR “alcohol abuse”)AND (college OR university) AND impactUse “ “ or ( ) to keep words together & in order
  19. 19. Results List: Categories Remove limiters by clicking the orange X Use suggested subject terms to strengthen your results
  20. 20. Article Access Level
  21. 21. Detailed Record
  22. 22. Online Resources today’s information broad, variety perspective may be unstable find resources from reliable online sources
  23. 23. Know Your Domains Extension Type .edu Educational institution .org Non-profit service organizations .gov Government agency .mil Military entities .biz Businesses .com Commercial organization .net Internet service providers
  24. 24. Evaluating Information Critically evaluate information using applicable criteria
  25. 25. Evaluate: Authority Determine the need for an expert perspective Who is the author? What are the author’s credentials? What affiliations does the author have? Is contact information provided? Who published the work? Who sponsored the work?
  26. 26. Evaluate: Currency Determine the need for a contemporary or historical perspective for your topic When was the work published? Are there multiple editions? Examine the currency of the references © 2013 updated 1:33 PM EST, Tue February 12, 2013
  27. 27. Evaluate: Content Determine the information need Who is the intended audience? What is the purpose? scope? Examine objectivity, accuracy Is the information verifiable? Evaluate overall quality Evaluate overall usefulness, appropriateness
  28. 28. Authority CurrencyContent Content Authority
  29. 29. Authority Currency Content
  30. 30. Authority Content Authority ContentCurrency
  31. 31. AuthorityContent Currency Content Authority
  32. 32. Final Review1. Know your assignment2. Clarify your topic3. Be flexible in your search4. Critically evaluate your resources www.clayton.edu/library

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