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Published on March 4, 2014

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TSEM 102 Laksamee Putnam lputnam@towson.edu Research & Instruction Librarian Slides: http://bit.ly/tsem2014arnitac1

First…    Laksamee Putnam lputnam@towson.edu Cook Library Reference:       410.704.2462. IM/email Phone: 410.704.3746. Twitter: @CookLibraryofTU Albert S. Cook facebook profile! Slides: http://bit.ly/tsem2014arnitac1

A quick plug…  Library workshops  Listed on the library blog  APA  Image from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrsdkrebs/6812988187/ Tuesday, March 25th 3:30-4:30 – Cook Library 317

Agenda  Pre-class reading Discussion  Background reading/Internet searching  Keywords  Evaluating Resources

Wikipedia Woes and Google Gaffs  What are the pros and cons of so much information being online?  What do you do to be sure you’re finding credible resources?  New York Times (2013) If a Story Is Viral, Truth May Be Taking a Beating http://nyti.ms/1d7MUUB Google Analytics (2012) Google analytics in real life – Site search. http://youtu.be/cbtf1oyNg-8 DuckDuckGo (2012). There are no “regular results” on Google anymore. http://vimeo.com/duckduckgo/bubble  How do you evaluate the information you find while researching? Why is it important to support your argument with valid sources?

Web “Pre-Searching”  Why start your search online?  Find background information  Help solidify research topic  Find new terminology to use as keywords  Find links and/or citations to other sources

Improve Google internet and bully  Advanced searching  Duck Google Duck Go body image and girls  Cook Library’s Guide to the Web

Keywords are critical!  Sample  topic: How have processed foods negatively altered the health of Americans?  First, break the question down into key concepts:  Which age is childhood obesity in the United States the highest?

More on keywords…  Expand your list to include synonyms then add to it once you have done some background reading.  Which age is childhood obesity in the United States the highest? childhood adolescent child young obesity over weight BMI obese United States Americans North America USA

Create keywords  Enter your research topic on your worksheet  Pass it to a group member   Partner 1 fills in keywords Partner 2 fills in synonyms  What helped you find synonyms?

Search Tip #1 Boolean “search connectors” AND OR NOT internet AND children  Combining >1 topic instruct OR teach  Combining synonymous terms Which is better?

Search Tip #2  Use truncation!  Educat* finds  Educate Education Educating Educator  Etc…   

Search Tip #3  Phrase Searching…  Use quotations to keep a keyword phrase intact (words will be searched in the specific order)  Examples:  “No Child Left Behind”  “school reform”

Putting it all together…  Which age is childhood obesity in the United States the highest? childhood adolescent child young obesity over weight BMI obese United States Americans North America USA child* OR adolescent OR young AND obesity OR overweight OR BMI AND United States OR USA OR North America

Create a search strategy  Using the keywords on your worksheet and the search tips mentioned here create a search strategy  Enter  your search strategy here: http://bit.ly/tsem2014arnitaWSC1

Evaluate what you find  Go to one of the websites below and analyze it      http://bit.ly/cosmicweb3 http://bit.ly/cosmicweb4 http://bit.ly/cosmicweb5 http://bit.ly/cosmicweb6 http://bit.ly/cosmicweb7  Tell me what you think!

Check for CRAP Currency Reliability Authority Purpose/Point of View

Check for CRAP  Currency     How recent is the information? Can you locate a date when the resource was written/created/upda ted? Based on your topic, is this current enough? Why might the date matter for your topic? http://www.flickr.com/photos/helloeveryone123/393737 4193/sizes/m/in/photostream/ Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library

Check for CRAP  Reliability    What kind of information is included in the resource? Does the author provide citations & references for quotations & data Where am I accessing this information? http://www.flickr.com/photos/schnappi/5930145952/sizes/l/in/photostrea m/ Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library

Check for CRAP  Authority     Can you determine who the author/creator is? What are their credentials (education, affiliation, e xperience, etc.)? Who is the publisher or sponsor of the work/site? Is this publisher/sponsor reputable http://rantchick.com/a-doctrine-on-respect/ Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library

Check for CRAP  Purpose/Point of View    Is the content primarily opinion? Is the information balanced or biased? What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, teach, sell, e ntertain or persuade http://www.flickr.com/photos/cogdog/5484085301/sizes /m/in/photostream/ Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library

Find a website resource  Find a website resource on your topic  Enter  it here: http://bit.ly/tsem2014arnitaWSC1  Analyze your website with CRAP

Thanks for listening!  Next   class: Watch 2 more video and prepare for discussion Use your keywords to find books/articles

Questions?  Feel free to contact me:      Laksamee Putnam lputnam@towson.edu 410.704.3746. Twitter: @CookLibraryofTU Or any reference librarian:    Visit Cook Library Reference Desk 410.704.2462. IM – tucookchat

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