Library Session #1 COSC 111 Spring 2014 Section 010

Library Session #1 COSC 111 Spring 2014 Section 010


Kimberly Miller

February 20, 2014


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    COSC111: An Intro. To Research & Cook Library Resources Spring

    2014 Kimberly Miller, M.S.I.
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    Ask a Librarian! • Kimberly Miller ▫ ▫ 410-704-6324

    • Cook Library ▫ In-person: Reference desk (3rd Floor) ▫ Phone: 410-704-2462 ▫ IM/Email: ▫ Text: 410-774-1398 • Social Media
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    Would you rather… … take a test? … or write

    a research paper? Image: Lotus Carroll, “Mommy…,” via Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
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    COSC 111 Research Assignment From your assignment: “In this group

    study you will work with a team to research, create, and present information on topics that you have selected. In the process you will improve your skills in the areas of team building, information gathering, organization and presentation. The development of these skills is a very important step in becoming Information Literate.”
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    What are we going to talk about? What is “good”

    information? Scholarly vs. Popular Formats Evaluation Criteria How do I find information? “Pre- searching” Search Strategies Finding Books & Articles How should I use information in my paper? Plagiarism Citing Information
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    Interpreting the Assignment Reading Background Information Using Online Databases &

    Indexes Gathering Sources Drafting Paper or Presentation Identifying & Listing Vocabulary Citing Sources Refining a Topic Evaluating Sources Selecting a Topic Research Process
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    Topic Development Questions to consider: ▫ What are the assignment

    instructions? ▫ What issues/concepts/subtopics are related to your main topic? ▫ Why is the topic important or interesting? ▫ What do you need to learn more about to become the class “expert” on the topic?
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    Pre-Searching • How do you know what to search for…

    if you don’t know what you’re looking for? • Background Information – ▫ Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Handbooks, and (some) websites ▫ Narrow or clarify your research topic ▫ Find new terms to use in future searching ▫ Find links and/or citations to other sources
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    Activity • Download “Library Assignment 1” from the “Library” tab

    on your class Blackboard site • SAVE YOUR DOCUMENT to your Towson drive or a flash drive • Work on Part 1 – use your favorite search engine to find background information on your topic • Each person should complete their own worksheet, but feel free to work with your neighbor • Be prepared to share some brief information about your topic with the class
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    Popular Sources Written for the “general public” Written by a

    journalist or professional writer Author’s credentials are not given Uses everyday language Glossy, lots of pictures Rarely give citations or references Tend to be short
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    Scholarly Sources Come from scholarly journals/publishers Written by a scholar/specialist

    (Ph.D.) Author’s credentials Uses specialized vocabulary Heavy on text, light on pictures List of references (bibliography) Peer-reviewed
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    Types of Resources Books (Print or Electronic) • Scholarly •

    Popular • “Reference works” (e.g., encyclopedias) • Find: • “Catalog” “Periodicals” (Print or Electronic) • Scholarly journals • Trade journals • Newspapers • Popular Magazines • Find: • “Database” World Wide Web • News sites • Companies • Organizations • Government • Blogs • “Reference works” (e.g., Wikipedia)
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    Evaluating Information 1. Why is it important to evaluate information,

    whether you find it through the World Wide Web or through the library? 2. How might evaluating information for a college-level research paper be different than for your every-day information needs? How might it be similar? 3. What are some criteria you should use when you’re evaluating information sources to use for your project?
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    Evaluation Criteria - CRAAP • Currency - Timeliness of the

    information • Relevance – Importance of info. for your needs *** Including appropriate level of info*** • Authority – Source & expertise • Accuracy – Reliability, truthfulness, and correctness • Purpose – Reason the information exists Remember: Not just one criteria, but a balance of all!
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    Basics of Good Searching A more targeted question What are

    the key technology trends that have impacted patient care in the last five years? Breakdown your topic or research question into the “main ideas” A general topic…. Technology in medicine
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    Your Turn • Write your topic in the first box

    on your worksheet • Identify at least one other main concept or facet of your topic that you’d like to find information about. • Write your general topic and the at least one other main concept on the lines in the second box on your worksheet.
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    Think it… but don’t search it • Effect/Affect • Impact

    • Change • Influence • Advance/Improve • Help/Aid • Cause • Pro/Con • Benefit • Importance
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    Basics of Good Searching Brainstorm synonyms or related terms for

    teach “main idea”: Concept 1: Medicine Doctors Nurses Hospitals Patients Health Concept 2: Technology Electronic records Surgery robots Automation
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    Your Turn • In the third group of boxes on

    your worksheet, list additional key terms (synonyms) you might be able to use in your search • What other words can you use to describe each main concept?
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    Basics of Good Searching Use “connectors” to build your search

    * / AND / OR / “ “ MAIN CONCEPTS Internet browser AND Security SYNONYMS Security OR Privacy
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    Basics of Good Searching Use “connectors” to build your search

    * / AND / O R / “ “ SIMPLE SEARCH – Combine main concepts with AND, synonyms with OR: medicine AND technology AND “patient care”
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    How do I find the information I need? Image: Lori

    Greig, “crossroads,” via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
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    Cook Library’s “Guide to the Web” We’ve done some of

    the internet searching work for you! “Research” → “Guide to the Web”
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    OneSearch to Rule them all… Cook OneSearch • Search more*

    of the Library's resources at once. • Find books, articles, media, government information, and other library resources all in one place. • Search what Towson owns as well as resources at other USMAI Libraries. *but not ALL!!
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    Assignment: Finding & Evaluating Sources • Finish your worksheets: ▫

    Topic development and keyword searching ▫ Use the library’s resources to find a source relevant to your research topic and evaluate using the CRAAP Test ▫ Due Monday, March 24th – upload to Blackboard