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Why use databases and books? Also, how to use ABC-CLIO history and Gale Powersearch.

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English research

  1. 1. Ms. Doyle, District Librarian
  2. 2.  Please get ready to take notes Write down words and phrases in red At the end of presentation, you will have notes A-H
  3. 3. A. Objectives:1. Understand when and why you would use books and databases instead of web sources2. Use WebCat to locate a book on your subject in the school library3. Use Gale PowerSearch database to locate relevant biographical information
  4. 4.  Free to anyone Paid subscription Information edited and evaluated Anyone can publish information Links can change or disappear Image Attribution: Has more newspaper and http://www.flickr.com/photos/ mikeeperez/2453225588/ magazine articles
  5. 5.  Organized and indexed by professionals Can search using exact subject headings, dates, etc. More information on more topics, even if the information might be less Image Attribution: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeeperez/2453225588/ reliable Has more scholarly or academic sources (professional and peer- reviewed journal articles)
  6. 6.  Usually include citations for Works Cited list Easier to access and search Often difficult to cite; hard to tell who the author/publisher might be Has most current information, up to a few minutes ago
  7. 7.  Usually has the most in-depth information Usually has more current information Has been edited Image attribution: http://jccooltech.blogspot.com/2008/04/internet-vs- books.html Easier to locate information
  8. 8.  Scholarly journals (can also try Google Scholar) Newspaper articles Magazine articles Encyclopedia articles Biographical information Statistical information
  9. 9. Recent studies have rated Wikipedia fairly high on accuracy.For example, a study by the journal Nature found• 2.92 mistakes per article for Encyclopedia Britannica• 3.86 mistakes per article for Wikipedia.
  10. 10. HOWEVER, many teachers and professors do not allow students to cite Wikipedia as a source.Also:“[W]e recommend that students check the facts they find in Wikipedia against other sources. Additionally, it is generally good research practice to cite an original source when writing a paper, or completing an exam.“-- Sandra Ordonez, Wikipedia spokesperson
  11. 11. When should youuse Wikipedia?Talk to your neighbor todecide:1. To get a quick overview of your research topic?2. As the main source of information for your research paper?3. When reading about a pop culture topic of personal interest?4. When making an important decision about your health?5. To see what sources the article’s author’s used? Image Attribution: http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/in_popular_culture.png
  12. 12. C. Steps 1. School Home Page
  13. 13. 2. Library Home Page
  14. 14. 3. Enter name of the person you are researching4. Limit by school5. Click Search Everything
  15. 15. Take about 1 minute to talk with the person next to you about the following questions. Write brief answers in your notes.1. Why might using a print book be better than using the Internet or a database?2. What are the advantages of using an online sources rather than a book?
  16. 16. On your bookmark, find ABC-CLIO History and circle it.Now find Gale PowerSearch and circle it.
  17. 17. 1. Use “World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras”
  18. 18. 2. Filter on left to limit, or click on a relevant result
  19. 19. 3. Use Related Entries to find more information, orclick words in blue
  20. 20. 4. Use tools to print, email, or cite. MLA citation is atthe end of the article.
  21. 21. 1. Includes Academic OneFile for scholarly articles2. Has reference eBooks for biographies of famous people
  22. 22. 3. Limit bycontenttype,subject,documenttype -- onleft side. Forexample,Books togetreferencebookarticles
  23. 23. 4. UseAdvancedSearch andcombineSubjects forvery preciseresults
  24. 24.  Turn to the person next to you. Figure out whose birthday comes first in 2012. The person with the first birthday will explain which two databases are recommended for this project, which one they will try first, and why.
  25. 25.  In your notes (G), write one thing you learned today In your notes (H), write one question you still haveShare questions now or email doylem@loswego.k12.or.us