TSEM 102: "Can We Talk?" Library Session #1

TSEM 102: "Can We Talk?" Library Session #1

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Kimberly Miller

February 19, 2014
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    First things first… Ask a Librarian! • Kimberly Miller •

    kimberlymiller@towson.edu • 410-704-6324 • Cook Library • In-person: Reference desk (3rd Floor) • Phone: 410-704-2462 • IM/Email: http://cooklibrary.towson.edu • Text: 66746 & start your question with askcook • Social Media
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    What are we going to learn? How do I start

    my project? Understanding your assignment “Pre- Searching” w/Background Information What is “good” information? Scholarly vs. Popular Formats Evaluation Considerations How do I use the library? Search Strategies Finding Books & Articles How should I use the information I find in my paper? Writing with Academic Honesty Citing Information
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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: 15 minutes • Complete the “Background Sources” section of

    your worksheet • Use Cook OneSearch to identify one print reference source • Use Sage Knowledge to identify and read one electronic resource about your topic • Each person should complete their own worksheet, but feel free to work with your neighbor • Be prepared to share your results with the class
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    Formats 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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    But if it’s from the library, it should be good,

    right?? Image: Sakurako Kitsa, “terrified sandwich closeup,” via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
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    Evaluating Information • Why is it important to evaluate information,

    even if you find it through the library? • 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 information

    • Relevancy - Importance of information • Authority - Source of information • Accuracy - Reliability, truthfulness, & correctness of information • Purpose - Reason the information exists
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    Good searching is important • “Research databases” help you find

    scholarly articles • Goal: Figure out how to translate our research topic to a search that the computer/database understands • Subject-specific • SocINDEX • Communication and Mass Media Complete
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    Starting with a Research Question • Phrasing your research topic

    as a question can help you find direction… the answer or argument you find will turn into your “thesis” • Considerations • Avoid simple “Yes” or “No” questions • “How” and “Why” questions work well • Is there evidence available to answer your question? • Can you access the sources needed to answer the question? • Can you research the topic within the given time frame and page limits?
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    Basics of Good Searching 1. Identify the main concepts in

    your research topic Sample Research Question: How are men and women portrayed differently in modern movies?
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    Your Turn • Write your topic in the first box

    on your worksheet • Identify at least two main concepts of your topic. Write these in the second box on your worksheet.
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    Basics of Good Searching 2. Brainstorm key terms and related

    words (synonyms) for each concept Concept 1: Gender women men Concept 2: Portrayal depict character Concept 3: Movies motion pictures
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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 / “ “ Connect MAIN CONCEPTS movies AND gender Connect SYNONYMS movies OR motion pictures
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    Basics of Good Searching gender AND movies OR “motion picture*”

    AND portrayal Use “connectors” to build your search * / AND / OR / “ “
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    Recap • Background (“Reference”) resources can help you decide what

    you might want to learn about your topic • “Library Research” can mean a lot of things • Evaluating information is important, even if you’re using library resources
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    Next time: Finding & Using Resources • Independent practice to

    apply what you’ve learned about searching for scholarly information • You’ll have time to search and locate resources – save your worksheet and bring it back! • Discussion about writing with academic honest, including citations