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CSS 100 (College Success Skills): Research Process

Use this guide to learn more about LLCC library information resources. It provides a variety of information about the research process and using library resources, while focusing on how to find materials related to improving college study skills.

Introductions & the "Information Dating Game"

Why I’m here.

Why you’re here:

 

NEW MATCHMAKER in the INFO DATING GAME

Research experience?

Instructor’s rules

= SCHOLARLY & CREDIBLE SOURCES

??? Website Resources

 

Answer this Question:

What kinds of materials are ok and where can you get them?

  1. ***Seek assistance - CONTACT/VISIT LIBRARIANS***
  2. all information IS NOT created EQUAL
  3. Library resources make THE BEST INFORMATION DATES

What's Wrong with Google?

  • she's forgiving
  • she always gets results
  • BUT she's indiscriminating
  • her database = unregulated internet 
  •     Search Interfaces - Information Match-Makers

    common features of search interfaces

     

    search box

    advanced search
    with multiple boxes
    -------------------->
    check in the box to
    find only these
    results
    limiters
    full-text
    scholarly
    peer-reviewed
    by date
    by source
    results list
    relevancy
    sort by options
    type of source
    date
    author
    source title

    The Research Process: Learn as you Go (in circles)

    work in connected circles
    progressive
    results point to the next step
    momentum
    results improve/feed process
    unravelling a mystery
    collect & use CLUES

    Why the Library?

    The Information Dating Game
    What's wrong with Google?
    Who's a better "match-maker"?
     
    Internet vs Library Databases
    Internet = UNREGULATED publishing
    Criteria for Evaluating Information
    Dynamic publishing
     
    Print Resources: Range of Credibility
    Types of Print/Information Sources
     
     "Scholarly" Alternatives
    Subscription Databases from LLCC Library
    articles and resources published in print
    print publication lends credibility

    Library Databases: a "BETTER" source for sources

    CSS Library Research Practice Exercise - Homework


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