LIBR 250 Week 3

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LIBR 250 Week 3

  1. 1. LIBR 250 Week 3
  2. 2. Week 3  How to conduct research generally  How to use the research process to narrow your topic  How libraries are organized  How to use general resources like encyclopedias  How to search key word databases  How to evaluate information critically—crap detection
  3. 3. Research process  Beginning and and end  Starts broadly and ends narrowly based upon what you’ve uncovered  Different sources used along the way
  4. 4. Effective researchers…  Begin with broadest sources and move to more narrow ones  Choose among information sources depending upon how deeply they need to cover their topic and for what kind of audience  Use a variety of sources
  5. 5. Reference sources  Encyclopedias  Handbooks  Dictionaries  Directories  The broadest information sources; treat topics in a surface way
  6. 6. Books  Monographs  Treatises  Treat topics in a deeper way depending upon the audience and purpose
  7. 7. Serials or Periodicals  Treat in the narrowest way  Scholarly/academic journal articles represent deepest, narrowest treatment of topics  Popular periodicals (newspapers, magazines, industry publications) have narrow treatment of topics but not in as deep a way
  8. 8. How is all of this information organized?  Print or digital  Print: Via catalog to discover relevant materials and call numbers to find; Our library uses library of congress subject headings and call numbers for organizing all of the printer materials  Electronic materials are accessed/discovered via keywords/search
  9. 9. Understanding Boolean logic is key!  Not difficult…  Requires you to formulate searches with words and join them with connectors  Different from Google which is relevance/statistical
  10. 10. Evaluating information  Crap detection!  How do you determine if something is useful or not?  Credible?  Authoritative?  Relevant?  Current?

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