notes from 2/15/10 BI observation @ local community college

February 15, 2010 at 5:59 pm Leave a comment

in preparation for my one-shot instruction section next month (practice!):

  • Introduces herself
  • The purpose of this class is to teach resources you can use for assignments
  • How to find books in catalog
    • Double click on IE, which takes you to library
    • How to get there off-campus
      • Library URL on gold handout
    • Use blue search box to get started
    • Can use this box to search for books as well as databases, articles
    • How to get topic ideas for papers
      • Type “opposing viewpoints” into the search box
        • Make sure to spell correctly
        • This is a series title; discuss results
      • “Current Controversies” is another good series title; demonstrate
      • Don’t click the Back button; click “basic search”
        • “Compact research” is another series title
      • These are broad searches.
        • Do a basic search for “teen”
          • Lots of results!
          • To get even more results, use truncation
            • This is item III on the gold sheet
            • For even more results, do a Boolean operator (item II on the gold sheet)
              • You’ll want to use synonyms in your research
              • Try teen* or adoloscen*
              • To narrow search, use AND
                • Need to use parentheses so system doesn’t get confused
                • See gold sheet
                • Not all results include “teen” or “adolescent” in title, but this is okay; they’ll be talked about in chapters
    • Catalog only gives brief reference info and where book is located; to know whether you can use it for your paper, you must find the book
      • Clicking on this book shows how book is at Parham campus in the circulating collection
        • What does “circulating” mean?
        • How many of you have been to the library before?
        • Most books and study carrels are downstairs; this is the quiet area
        • Call #
          • Students might be more familiar with Dewey Decimal System at public libraries, but academic libraries use LC
          • LC uses letters and numbers
          • When looking for a book, you need to write down WHOLE call # because there are lots of HV5135s
          • How to read call # LibGuide
          • Someone is always at the downstairs desk and can help you find a book
          • To tell if a book is out, click on “all items” and see “due date”
            • If another campus owns the book, go to the circ desk and they will request it for you; it will take a couple days to get there through campus mail and the library will notify you when it comes in. You can also go to that campus if you live nearby.
          • To checkout a book, use your JSR student ID and go to the circulation desk
          • To renew books, come to the circ desk if on campus or call the circ desk if you’re off-campus.
  • Questions?
  • Click “home” to get back, then “databases” tab
    • You can’t type in topic; you have to choose a subject first
    • Must find the most appropriate database out of 200
      • Instead of using alphabetical list, which will take lots of time to browse, go to subjects
      • If too many databases for topic, come to the library and librarians will help or give us a call if you’re at home; the phone # is on the flip side of the intro handout
    • Let’s try CQ researcher from “Arguments” subject
      • Can type the topic in quick search box, or you can browse by recent posts or topic
      • Click on “education” and you can narrow topics further
        • Then actual results; keep an eye on the date; only use older ones if you’re doing historical research
        • Click on report; these are like books, 20-50 pages, very detailed (table of contents)
        • If you look at “Contacts,” you’ll see a list of further resources
        • If you decide you like an article, you can e-mail it to yourself or print (DEMONSTRATE)
        • Show how to cite
  • Questions?
  • Anyone can publish on the open internet, so you have to be extremely careful about trusting this info. CQ is a reputable source with detailed info that can be trusted.
  • Let’s go back to the databases list, and while we’re here, let’s bookmark it. (DEMONSTRATE)
    • Issues and Controversies is a database similar to CQ
    • Browse by subject
    • Discuss database
    • Can e-mail or print; use print option database company gives you rather than browser in order to have page formatted correctly
    • Citation info at bottom of article
      • Can copy and paste into works cited list
  • Click on your bookmark to go back to list of DBs
    • Opposing Viewpoints database
    • Divides resources by type
      • Discuss: what are academic journals, primary sources, statistics
  • Questions?
  • How to access databases off-campus
    • Click “off-campus” access from library homepage and use Blackboard ID
    • Why this is necessary

Other notes:

  • Talk should be 60 min
  • Use guide to research LibGuide
  • Show Valencia’s Subject Guides; suggested topics
  • Sample catalog search
  • Show search techniques in Ebsco
  • Difference between magazines and scholarly articles
  • Use handout
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