Starting Research


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Linda Glynn

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  • So you have to do some research, how many of you feel like this guy?
  • 1 st step in The Research Cycle (McKenzie)
  • Where can you find information?
  • Books, of course, but this is a topic covered earlier in the year during a visit to the LMC. Another information source is the internet. A third option is a database.
  • Clicking on the first link leads to the live JCPL page. Resources there include featured links and websites and a set of search engines. Clicking on the second link leads to the JCPL subscription databases. Talk about databases being a pre-screened source of information. A volunteer from the class chooses an appropriate database (biography, science, etc.) and uses his/her JCPL library card number to log in to one of the databases. With input from the class a topic is identified and the results shown and discussed.
  • Moving along to the internet…..sharing tools to evaluate websites.
  • First…who is responsible for the website. Identify who owns/creates each type of site. Invite class to vote (thumbs up, thumbs down, thumbs sideways) whether or not to trust a particular type of site. Discuss the logic and reasons for these decisions (for example: .com is commercial, they may be trying to sell you something). Another thing to look for is valid contact information – a site without contact information may be trying to avoid supporting the information they present.
  • What is the reason or purpose for the website? Clicking on each photo leads to a live website for evaluation and discussion. Clockwise from top left: humor, sales, persuasion, education. While looking at the persuasive website, define bias and discuss uses for a biased website.
  • Is the information the latest & greatest? Is the information current, relevant and useful? The dino picture links to a website that hasn’t been updated since 2002. The trash heap links to a site with useless information.
  • Teach two words of Latin…. Encourage students to be savvy, informed consumers of information by using these tools.
  • Protecting creative human endeavor from intellectual theft. Notetaking strategies for documentation – notecards vs Word doc. in sections that can be cut apart. Sifting, sorting and synthesizing.
  • Fair Use for educational purposes, not commercial gain
  • Starting Research

    1. 1. So you have to do some research……
    2. 2. Where do you start? <ul><li>Frame “ Essential Questions ” about your topic </li></ul><ul><li>Key questions will guide your information mining </li></ul><ul><li>- sorts information trash from treasure ! </li></ul>Essential Question
    3. 3. Where can you find information?
    4. 4. You have choices……
    5. 5. JCPL Databases <ul><li>Public Library Research Page </li></ul><ul><li>Subscription Databases </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>How do you know if the website is any good? </li></ul>
    7. 7. Whodunit? Can you find them? <ul><li>.com </li></ul><ul><li>.org </li></ul><ul><li>.gov </li></ul><ul><li>.edu </li></ul><ul><li>Contact Info </li></ul>
    8. 8. Why did they do it?
    9. 9. Latest & Greatest?
    10. 10. Caveat emptor…. <ul><li>“ Let the buyer beware” </li></ul><ul><li>Be an informed consumer of information! </li></ul>Corroborating evidence needed for .com sites Check Wikipedia references for usable .gov or .org sites
    11. 11. Intellectual Property Document your information source! “ Working Bibliography” vs “ Works Cited”
    12. 12. <ul><li>Presentation slides by </li></ul><ul><li>Gail Bonner </li></ul><ul><li>Linda Glynn </li></ul><ul><li>University of Colorado Denver </li></ul><ul><li>2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Images from flickrCC </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>