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  • Do you have a game plan? What exactly are you looking for?Time management: Ensure that you start early and plan accordingly. Plan accordingly
  • For Primary and Secondary sources think of gossip. What you hear from gossip is secondary but if you go to the source and “hear it from the horse’s mouth” then that is primary. Wikipedia: a primary source (also called original source or evidence) is an artifact, a document, a recording, or other source of information that was created at the time under study. In journalism, a primary source can be a person with direct knowledge of a situation, or a document created by such a person. Primary sources are distinguished from secondary sources, which cite, comment on, or build upon primaryWhat are some primary resources that we could look at?  the case itself, the legal briefs, justice rulings, etc..What are some good secondary resources Legal reviews, media coverage, interviews/ blogs/ tweets, etc…
  • - Based on the example search above, let’s identify 3-5 key terms: Supreme Court, Case(s), Social Media.Now that we have our key terms let’s look beyond the basic search and dig deeper. What could a social media case entail/ is it privacy? Free speech? Catch and Release, try/try/try again Citation Pearl Growing.
  • - Use the catalog to find an item in the library and online. Do a “Power Search” in the catalog to find print material. Use keywords and Boolean Linkers, Always check the dropdowns to see your available options and use the search limiters. Try multiple searches, one search is not enough. Start Broad and then go narrower.EX. Supreme Court = 75 results  review results and how they can relate to social media (note local, encyclopedia, and justice biographies)
  • Demo: EbscoHost History Reference Center username:harpeth / password: remGo to library “Visual” tab and select “Library Databases”Select “History Reference Center”. Login– username “harpeth” / password “rem”Do EbscoHost Advance search: Additional databases to consider using: ABC-CLIO History, Annals of American History, Historical New York Times, World book of encyclopedia (maybe Encyclopedia of American Immigration or Global Warming)
  • - Thinking Outside of the box. Social Media: Did you know that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is on Twitter and Facebook? - When entering contests or submitting papers in college it is always good to standout and be memorable. What can you do that no one else will do? How can you make an impression?Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines. Released in beta in November 2004, the Google Scholar index includes most peer-reviewed online journals of Europe and America's largest scholarly publishers, plus scholarly books other non-peer reviewed journals. It is similar in function to the freely available Scirus from Elsevier, CiteSeerX, and getCITED. It is also similar to the subscription-based tools, Elsevier's Scopus and Thomson ISI's Web of Science. Its advertising slogan — "Stand on the shoulders of giants" — is a nod to the scholars who have contributed to their fields over the centuries, providing the foundation for new intellectual achievements. (Wikipedia)
  • Non-traditional resources can be wells of information if used with a grain of caution.
  • Supreme court library research

    1. 1. The Supreme Court:Resources for Research Kristin Bernet March 5, 2012
    2. 2. Where To Begin?Think before you leapRe-read your assignmentWork smarter NOT harder
    3. 3. Appropriate ResourcesPopular v. Scholarly Primary v. SecondaryIs your resource peer- Case or review? Understandingreviewed? the differences between andFound a resource online? Use value of primary and secondarythe CRAPP method for resources.evaluation Are personal opinions fromWhen in doubt always check those involved directly in thewith your teacher. proceedings considered primary or secondary?
    4. 4. Scholarly vs. Popular This quick video from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody library is a great overview on how to identify scholarly resources online. Remember: When in doubt always check with your teacher.
    5. 5. Getting Started Keywords/ Subject Headings Boolean Searching And, Or, Not, “quotations” Search limiters  Date range, format, resource typeExample:I want to look up Supreme Court cases about SocialMedia.
    6. 6. Library Resources Physical Library Electronic Library- Reference Books - Databases- Biographies - E-books- Your Librarian! - Your Librarian!
    7. 7. Using The CatalogCombine keywords withBoolean connectors Always use dropdowns to see options Boolean Use search limiters
    8. 8. Conducting A Database SearchHistory Reference Center & JSTOR
    9. 9. Non-Traditional ResourcesGoogle ScholarNews AchievesBlogsSocial MediaLocal Resources
    10. 10. Evaluating Information Found Online Use the CRAAP method: C- Currency  NOT monetary $ R- Relevance Referral to/knowledge of literature A- Authority Author credentials A- Accuracy Verifiability of details P- Purpose Bias, misinformation, and POVAlso, try Johns Hopkins:Evaluating Information Found Online LibGuide @
    11. 11. Questions?Helpful Websites:1. Citation support: Purdue’s The OWL Google Scholar Supreme Court website Understanding the Federal Courts