CO150: Students Count Fall 2004


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This was the CO150 presentation I used at the beginning of class during the fall of 2004. I chose this topic to get students interested in the idea of registering to vote in the November election. When the deadline to register had passed, the relevance went down, and students commented that they wish they had heard some of the statistics I mentioned sooner. All of this was by way of example for students choosing a topic from what they are interested in, and using a variety of keywords when searching for that topic in a database.

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CO150: Students Count Fall 2004

  1. 1. <ul><li>If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost. </li></ul><ul><li>Aristotle </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame. </li></ul><ul><li>Laurence J. Peter </li></ul>
  3. 3. CO150 Students Count
  4. 4. <ul><li>Voting is one of the few things where boycotting in protest clearly makes the problem worse rather than better. Jane Auer </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>In 1929 the wise, far-seeing electors of my native Hereford sent me to Westminster and, two years later, the lousy bastards kicked me out. </li></ul><ul><li>Frank Owen </li></ul>
  6. 8. <ul><li>Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government. </li></ul><ul><li>Thomas Jefferson </li></ul>
  7. 9. <ul><li>In true democracy every man and women is taught to think for himself or herself. </li></ul><ul><li>Mohandas K. Gandhi </li></ul>
  8. 10. Doing your homework could save Democracy!!! <ul><li>Well-informed </li></ul><ul><li>Thinking for yourself </li></ul><ul><li>That’s actually why you’re here…to inform yourself about a topic and think for yourself. </li></ul>
  9. 11. Current debatable topics <ul><li>Gay marriage </li></ul><ul><li>Military draft </li></ul><ul><li>Tuition vouchers </li></ul><ul><li>No Child Left Behind </li></ul><ul><li>USA Patriot Act </li></ul><ul><li>Stem cell research </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Foreign Policy in Middle East </li></ul><ul><li>And many many more… </li></ul>
  10. 12. Tools of the Trade Do these tools do the same thing?
  11. 13. Do you know any good carpenters? I mean…Librarians?
  12. 14. Library Catalog (SAGE) This is where you find what we own… books, maps, government documents, journal subscriptions…
  13. 15. Database: Academic Search Premier So many databases to choose from… this is a good place to start.
  14. 16. Database: Academic Universe Another great place to start… news from around the country and around the globe
  15. 17. Database: CQ Researcher A good source for an overview of your topic…
  16. 18. GRAB A PENCIL <ul><li>If you were researching this topic, how would you search for it? </li></ul><ul><li>Where would you go for information? </li></ul><ul><li>What words would you use? </li></ul>
  17. 23. NEWS FROM THE FIELD C&RL News, May 2004 Vol. 65, No. 5, P. 247