Please get ready to write in yourjournal.Entries will be marked in purple
•Evaluate information -- don’t believe everything you read •Who publishes the site? .gov, .edu, .com? Who wrote it and what makes them an expert? •Compare multiple sources •Always cite your sources (OSLIS Citation Maker, Easybib.com, etc.)Image Attribution: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeeperez/2453225588/
When should you useWikipedia?Talk to someone next to youto decide:•To get a quick overview ofyour research topic?•As the main source ofinformation for your researchpaper?•When reading about a popculture topic of personalinterest?•When making an importantdecision about your health?•To see what sources thearticle’s author’s used? Image Attribution: http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/in_popular_culture.png
Take about 2 minutes to write in your journal, responding to these questions:#1. What websites do you consider reliable? List at least 2 in your journal.#2. What websites do you think might be unreliable? List at least 2 in your journal.#3. How do you tell the difference? Write at least 2 sentences in your journal.Share your thoughts with the class!
Journal Entry #4: Finding a bookA. Start on your school home pageB. Click “Library” to find District Library Catalog -- WebCat
You Google a topic and none of your results make sense – you look up the Korean War and get Korean food and World War II and sites that seem completely random You get 3 million results but you don’t want to go through them one by one You need academic sources but all you find are commercial websites You get frustrated and just go to Wikipedia
Newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, images, reference books, primary sources and more School pays for access – has information you just can’t get free on the web Edited/fact checked (peer reviewed) Passwords are on bookmark from library with home-access passwords (or find on Library Home Page)Image attribution: http://www.flickr.com/photos/galant/3268338756/sizes/l/in/photostream/
5. How to Find the DatabasesA. Go to your school’s websiteB. Find Library in the menu, then chooseOnline Research Tools or Library Home Page
On yourbookmark, findand circle GalePowerSearch.Web address:secondary.oslis.org
Limit on leftside.Forexample,Books togetreferencebookarticles
6. UseAdvancedSearchandcombinetwosubjectswith AND
7. Think about your research topic. Brainstorm at least 6 keywords you could use in your search. Write the keywords in your journal.
Keyword SearchesIn keyword searching, you use any words that come to mind. The computer finds them anywhere in the article.
Subject Searches In subject searching, you use the exact words that catalogers use.
Keyword Subject Any you can think of Exact wordsWords used catalogers use Basque Basques andSearch sheepherders shepherds Many – but most A few – but all areResults don’t match your good matches topic
8. Advanced SearchUse the AdvancedSearch to decideEXACTLY whatyou want.Use one of yoursubject headings, the term AND , and then your other subject heading
9. Peer-Reviewed Sources Why limit to edited and peer-reviewed sources?Peer Review: “. . .[S]cholars in the authors field or specialty critically assess a draft of the article. Peer- reviewed journals (also called refereed journals) are scholarly journals that only publish articles that have passed through this review process.”-- Cal Poly Library Services Research Guide
Thumbs up or down:People MagazineJournal of the American Medical AssociationSports IllustratedEuropean History Quarterly
10. Use Database ToolsA. Notice that you can make citations for database articles for your Works Cited listB. Email to yourself
11. Write down one question you still have about research and/or Gale PowerSearch Share with the class?
A. secondary.oslis.orgB. Gale PowerSearchC. Go to Advanced SearchD. Do a subject search for “Basques” AND “Shepherds”E. In the reference book article on Basques, find the four things a Basque sheepherder required to do his job.