College Research Survival Skills Melinda Townsel Linda Clement Adrian Erb Welcome everyone! We’re librarians from ACC’s Cypress Creek Campus. Let’s get started by answering a couple of questions using iClickers. How many visits did all college libraries in the U.S. receive in 2004? A. B. C. D. E. 50 million 100 million 500 million 1 billion 2 billion http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/ors/statsab outlib/academiclibraries.cfm How many items were checked out from college libraries in 2006? 10 million B. 25 million C. 50 million D. 75 million E. 145 million A. http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2008/2008337.pdf Top 10 Things You Should Know… …about college and university libraries! 1. You will need to use the library! Study Research Read Course reserves CDs DVDs WIFI / internet Laptop checkout Library website Premium databases Online encyclopedias Research tutorials …and of course, librarians! We are your personal research assistants. 2. College libraries organize their materials differently. Dewey Decimal System K – 12 & public libraries Library of Congress College/University libraries Dewey Decimal System • 000-099 General Knowledge • 100-199 Psychology & Philosophy • 200-299 Religions & Mythology • 300-399 Social Sciences & Folklore • 400-499 Languages & Grammar • 500-599 Math & Science • 600-699 Medicine & Technology • 700-799 Arts & Entertainment • 800-899 Literature • 900-999 History & Geography Library of Congress • A – General Works • B – Philosophy, Psychology, & Religion • C – General History • D – European, Asian, African History • E – U.S. History • F – History of the Americas • G – Geography, Anthropology, • H – Social Sciences • J – Political Science • K – Law • L – Education • M – Music • N – Art, Architecture • P – Language & Literature • Q – Science • R – Medicine • S – Agriculture • T - Technology • U-V – Military Science • Z – Library Science Dewey vs. LC Dewey Decimal System 300s – social sciences Call number: 363 .70525 FR Library of Congress System GE – environmental sciences Call number: GE 197 .F75 2008 Have you ever been to a library that uses Library of Congress Classification? A. B. C. D. E. Yes, many times Yes, a few times Yes, once No I don’t know 3. Librarians are really, really helpful. Especially the reference kind Contact us through Phone Chat/IM Email or in person 4. Don’t Procrastinate! It’s a common freshman mistake to underestimate how much time it will take to complete a college assignment. Manage your time wisely Don’t get overwhelmed Don’t miss the first day of class Ask for help 5. Strategize. Don’t just jump into research. Narrow/Expand your thesis Think of keywords Find appropriate resources Be flexible search terms book journal topic magazine 6. Choose the right resources. Background info → specific info → opinions so… Encyclopedias/reference → articles/books/websites Great resources include… Reference materials (print and online) Books and e-books Periodicals (scholarly journals & magazines) Internet sources (wide variety of content) 7. Not everything is freely available on the internet. Everything’s on right? Well, no. There’s a whole “invisible Web” out there. Gill, Paul. (n.d.) The layers of the web. Retrieved May 13,2009, from http://netforbeginners.about.com/cs/invisibleweb/a/web_four_layers_3.htm Limitations of the Web No standard subject headings / vocabulary No quality control Anyone can, and will, publish anything Web pages often disappear But it’s not all bad! Most gov’t data is published online Lots of business info Blogs can be great sources of opinion 8. College libraries have amazing databases. Articles from peer-reviewed journals Online graphic and image collections E-books by the tens of thousands Accessible from the library’s website from anywhere with an internet connection. http://library.austincc.edu www.lib.utexas.edu http://cphs.leander.isd.tenet.edu/library 9. Evaluate everything. (Who wrote it? Are they qualified?) (What’s their point of view?) (What’s the goal? For whom is it intended?) (References? Errors?) (How old is it? Dead links?) Peer-reviewed journals An example of a peer-reviewed journal is: A. National Enquirer B. People Magazine C. Journal of Abnormal Psychology D. Wall Street Journal E. None of the above 10. We’re living in the information age. Citizens of the 21st century must be information literate: identify an information need find, collect, organize, evaluate and use the information Did you know? One copy of today’s New York Times holds more information than a person living in England during the 1600s would see during their lifetime.1 Currently, information doubles every 5 years; by the year 2020, it is estimated that information will double every 17 days.2 We all must become lifelong learners. 1 Wurman, 2Jerome, R., Leifer, L., Sume, D., & Whitehouse, K. (2001). Information Anxiety 2. Indianapolis: Que. L. W., DeLeon, P.H., James, L.C., Folen, R., Earles, J., & Gedney, J.J. (2000). The coming of age of telecommunications in psychological research and practice. American Psychologist, 55(4), 407-421. 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