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  • 1. ISTC 201 Laksamee Putnam lputnam@towson.edu Research & Instruction Librarian Slides: http://slidesha.re/1fIhVmL

2. 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://slidesha.re/1fIhVmL 3. A quick plug Get Writing Help at Cook! Appointments: Monday Thursday 6-9; Sunday 3-9 Walk-ins: Monday Thursday 7-8; Sunday 5:30-6:30 Image from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrsdkrebs/6812988187/ 4. Agenda Video Discussion Background reading/Internet searching Keywords Evaluating Resources 5. Wikipedia Woes and Google Gaffs What are the pros and cons of so much information being online? What do you do to be sure youre finding credible resources? How do you evaluate the information you find while researching? Why is it important to support your argument with valid sources? 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 6. 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 7. Through out the lesson: Fill out this spreadsheet http://bit.ly/1946u1w Enter your name and research topic 8. Improve Google internet and bully Advanced Google searching Duck Duck Go body image and girls Cook Librarys Guide to the Web 9. Find some websites! Enter your websites into the online worksheet 10. Keywords are critical! Sample topic: Which age is childhood obesity in the United States the highest? First, break the question down into concepts: Which age is childhood obesity in the United States the highest? 11. 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 obesity United States adolescent over weight USA child* obese North America young BMI 12. Search Tip #1 Boolean search connectors AND OR NOT For example: internet AND children Combining >1 topic instruct OR teach Combining synonymous terms 13. Search Tip #2 Use truncation! Educat* finds Educate Education Educating Educator Etc 14. 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 15. Putting it all together Which age is childhood obesity in the United States the highest? childhood child* adolescent young obesity over weight BMI United States USA North America child* OR adolescent OR young AND obesity OR overweight OR BMI AND United States OR USA OR North America 16. Create keywords Enter your keywords into the online worksheet 17. 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 18. Currency Reliability Authority Purpose/Point of View Check for CRAP 19. 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? Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library http://www.flickr.com/photos/helloeveryone123/393737 4193/sizes/m/in/photostream/ 20. 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? Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library http://www.flickr.com/photos/schnappi/5930145952/sizes/l/in/photostrea m/ 21. Check for CRAP Authority Can you determine who the author/creator is? What are their credentials (education, affiliation, experience, etc.)? Who is the publisher or sponsor of the work/site? Is this publisher/sponsor reputable Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library http://rantchick.com/a-doctrine-on-respect/ 22. 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, entertain or persuade Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library http://www.flickr.com/photos/cogdog/5484085301/sizes /m/in/photostream/ 23. Analyze your Website Enter your CRAP analysis on the online worksheet You need 3 scholarly web resources for your paper. Take this time to try to find at least one website you can use! 24. Thanks for listening! Next class: Watch 2 more video and prepare for discussion Use your keywords to find books/articles 25. 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