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Engl 01 a _online_2017

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General information about library sources for students taking classes online.

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Engl 01 a _online_2017

  1. 1. Merced College Library
  2. 2. Goals for this presentation:  Students will be able to information in various formats such as print and electronic for specific uses.  Students will be able to information for its content, source, quality and relevance in a variety of formats. Getting Started with Research
  3. 3. Basic Library Resources  Books  CDs and DVDs  Magazines and journals  Newspapers  Vertical File materials
  4. 4. Evaluating information Based on RelevanceCurrency PurposeAuthority
  5. 5. Currency-  How current is the information?  When was it published/posted?  If it is a webpage, when was it revised?  Are the links functional and up-to-date?
  6. 6. Relevancy  Is the source relevant to the topic?  Could you find the same or better information from another source?  Who is the intended audience?  Is the information organized and in-depth?  Is the source scholarly or popular?
  7. 7. Author Authority Educational background Professional or Personal experience Judged by Depends onDepends on
  8. 8. Purpose/Objectivity  Does the site seem biased?  Is the main purpose advertising or information?  Is the purpose to inform, teach, entertain, enlighten, sell, or persuade?  Does the domain name give you a clue? .com, .edu, .gov, .org, .net  Is the source scholarly or popular in focus?
  9. 9. SCHOLARLY OR POPULAR?
  10. 10. Scholarly Or Popular?
  11. 11. Primary Sources  A primary source is a document or physical object which was written or created during the time under study. Some types of primary sources include: diaries, speeches, manuscripts, letters, interviews, news film footage, autobiographies, and official records.
  12. 12. Examples of Primary Sources Include:  The Diary of Anne Frank  The Constitution of the United States  Supreme Court decisions and documents  Historical photos or artifacts
  13. 13. What is a Secondary Source?  A secondary source interprets and analyzes primary sources.  Secondary sources are one or more steps removed from the event.  Secondary sources may include pictures, quotes, or graphics from primary sources.
  14. 14. Examples of Secondary Sources:  Textbooks, magazine articles, histories, criticisms, commentaries, and encyclopedias  A journal/magazine article which interprets or reviews previous findings  A history textbook
  15. 15. Online Public Access Catalog Search Screen  Search by word or phrase, author, title, subject .  Write the number down before you go looking for it.
  16. 16. Online Resources through MC4Me  Merced College MC4Me Log In Screen
  17. 17. In the web portal you have access to many Library databases.
  18. 18. The next slide shows some of the databases that are available in the portal for your research.
  19. 19. Library services • Computers and mini I-Pads are available to checkout for two hours at a time on both floors. Printing is $.10 a page using $1.00 print cards, and $.40 for color. Wireless is available. • Study rooms for groups up to 6 people can be checked out on each floor. No food in study rooms. • Photocopies cost $.10 a page. We have copy machines on both floors. • Ask at the Information Desk if you need to use scissors, a ruler, etc.
  20. 20. If you need further help, ask a Librarian! We have text, phone and in person service when the library is open.
  21. 21. Merced College Library hours Mon. – Thurs. 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Los Banos Campus Library hours Mon. – Thurs. 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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