Published on February 17, 2014
TSEM 102 Laksamee Putnam email@example.com Research & Instruction Librarian Slides: http://bit.ly/storrs2014slidesc2
First… Laksamee Putnam firstname.lastname@example.org Cook Library Reference: 410.704.2462. IM/email Phone: 410.704.3746. Twitter: @CookLibraryofTU Albert S. Cook facebook profile! Slides: http://bit.ly/storrs2014slidesc2
A quick plug… Library workshops Listed on the library blog Chicago Manual Style Image from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrsdkrebs/6812988187/ Wednesday, April 9th 4:00-5:30 – 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 Planet formation and Jupiter Advanced searching Duck Google Duck Go Olber’s Paradox and Edgar Allen Poe Cook Library’s Guide to the Web
Keywords are critical! Sample topic: Does intelligent design serve a political role in the classroom? First, break the question down into key concepts: Does intelligent design serve a political role in the classroom?
More on keywords… Expand your list to include synonyms then add to it once you have done some background reading. Does intelligent design serve a political role in the classroom? Intelligent design creationism Panda’s thumb Discovery Institute political Board of Education controversy philosophy classroom education K-12 curriculum
Create keywords Enter your research topic on your worksheet Pass it to a group member Group member fills in keywords/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: “Drake Equation” “protoplanetary disks”
Putting it all together… Does intelligent design serve a political role in the classroom? Intelligent design creationism Panda’s thumb Discovery Institute political Board of Education controversy philosophy classroom education K-12 curriculum “Intelligent design” OR creation* AND Politic* OR controversy OR “board of education” AND Classroom OR education OR curriculum
Create a search strategy Using the keywords on your worksheet and the search tips mentioned here create a search strategy
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
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
Group work: Fill out this spreadsheet http://bit.ly/tsemspring2014storrsws Enter your names and choose a research topic for the group Find a reliable website Find a “bad” website
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 email@example.com 410.704.3746. Twitter: @CookLibraryofTU Or any reference librarian: Visit Cook Library Reference Desk 410.704.2462. IM – tucookchat
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