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HIST 300: Source Evaluation. Tami Smith Langsdale Library 410-837-4274 [email protected] AIM: UBLangsdale. Review. Why is it important to develop a focused research topic? Why do we need to use alternative keywords in our searches? How do we use ANDs and ORs correctly in a search?

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HIST 300: Source Evaluation

Tami Smith

Langsdale Library

410-837-4274

[email protected]

AIM: UBLangsdale


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Review

  • Why is it important to develop a focused research topic?

  • Why do we need to use alternative keywords in our searches?

  • How do we use ANDs and ORs correctly in a search?

  • Name three differences between a journal and a magazine.

  • If you need research help, what should you do?


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Objectives

After last session, you should be able to:

  • Generate a search strategy with keywords

  • Identify 1-2 subject-specific databases and locate 4-5 journal citations on your topic


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Objectives (con’t)

At the end of today’s session, you will be able to:

  • Find journal articles and books in Langsdale, determine the location of articles and books in other nearby libraries or order the item through ILL

  • Use a set of criteria to evaluate sources online or in print.

  • Write a basic book and article citation in the Chicago/Turabian style



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Subject headings

Subject Headings

World War, 1939-1945 -- Propaganda.

Propaganda -- History.


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Subject headings

Call Numbers

  • Library of Congress Classification System

    • Each series of letters assigned broad subject area; more specified topics assigned to specific series of numbers.


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Subject headings

Call Numbers

  • Subclass D

  • D1-2009 History (General)

    • D410-(475) 20th century

      • D461-(475) Eastern question

    • D501-680 World War I (1914-1918)

    • D720-728 Period between World Wars (1919-1939)

    • D731-838 World War II (1939-1945)

    • D839-860 Post-war history (1945-)

    • D880-888 Developing countries

    • D890-893 Eastern Hemisphere

    • D900-2009 Europe (General)

    • D901-980 Description and travel

    • D1050-2009 History


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Subject headings

Call Numbers

Subclass E

E11-143 America

E151-889 United States

E780 Internal history during World War I

E784-805 1919-1933. Harding-Coolidge-Hoover era. "The twenties"

E785-786 Harding's administration, 1921-August 2, 1923

E791-796 Coolidge's administration, August 2, 1923-1929

E801-805 Hoover's administration, 1919-1933

E806-812 Franklin Delano Roosevelt's administrations, 1933-April 12, 1945

E813-816 Truman's administrations, April 12, 1945-1953

E835-837.7 Eisenhower's administrations, 1953-1961


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Subject headings

Call Numbers

  • Subclass F

  • F1-975 United States local history

    • F106 Atlantic coast. Middle Atlantic States

      • F116-130 New York

      • F131-145 New Jersey

      • F146-160 Pennsylvania

      • F161-175 Delaware

      • F176-190 Maryland

      • F191-205 District of Columbia. Washington


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Subject headings

Call Numbers

  • HM1231 .C85 2003

  • HMRead the first part in alphabetical order:A, B, BF, C, D, DB, DQ, … H, HA, HD, HM…

  • 1231Read the second part as a whole number:1, 2, 3, 45, 66, 100, 101, 800, 1000, 1200, 2000...

  • .C85The third part is a combination of a letter and numbers. Read the letter alphabetically. Read the number as a decimal, e.g.: .C8 = .800 .C85 = .850 .C857 = .857


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Subject headings

Call Numbers – Shelf Order


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Types of Sources

Primary Source:original accounts or records of historical events

  • Newspaper, magazine and journal articles

  • Diaries, journals, speeches, interviews, letters

  • Memoirs and autobiographies

  • Government records

  • Photographs, documentaries, sound recordings

  • Survey Research


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Types of Sources

Secondary Source:materials that are written later and/or provide historical analysis

  • Textbooks

  • Encyclopedias and dictionaries

  • Biographies

  • Books

  • Newspaper, magazine and journal articles


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Types of Sources

In a nutshell…

  • Primary Sources: What happened?

  • Secondary Sources: How/Why did it happen?


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Evaluating Sources

Why?

  • Find the best information for your needs

  • The more authoritative the source, the stronger your argument

  • Anyone can publish anything (especially on the web)


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Evaluating Sources

  • Find the best information for your needs

  • The more authoritative the source, the stronger your argument

  • Anyone can publish anything (especially on the web)


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Evaluating Sources

The Five W’s of Evaluation

  • Who are the authors and what are their credentials (expertise)?

  • When was the information published or written?

  • Where did they get the information?

  • Why is this information being shared?


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Evaluating Web Sources

Types of Web Domains

.com = Commercial/Business (promotional)

.edu = Educational (research or personal)

.gov = U.S. Government (factual)

.mil = U.S. Military (factual)

.net = Network Provider (business and personal)

.org = U.S. Non-Profit Organizations (advocacy)


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Evaluating Web Sources

Exercise: Web Evaluation

  • Complete the worksheet

  • Brief discussion


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Evaluating Sources

Find out more about a source

  • Reviews (newspapers, journals, magazines, etc.)

  • Search Engine/Directory (Google, Yahoo… SuperPages)

  • Books


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Evaluating Sources

  • http://langsdale.ubalt.edu/howto/tutorials/evaluate_web/index.htm

  • http://skylinecollege.net/library/evaluate.html

  • http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Evaluate.html


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Review

  • For what can you search in the library catalog?

  • How can you obtain a book from another USM library?

  • How are UB’s books and journals organized?


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Review (cont.)

  • What are primary sources?

  • Why is it important to evaluate your sources?

  • How can you find out more about a source?


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Evaluation

http://langsdale.ubalt.edu/workshops/HIST300/evaluation.htm


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Questions?

For more information:

Tami Smith [email protected]

Langsdale [email protected]

Reference Desk: 410-837-4274

AIM: UBLangsdale


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