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Today. Course journal review Lecture : encyclopedias & Wikipedia Group activity: finding encyclopedias @ Fogler Demonstration of various reference tools Homework & readings for next week. Course Journals. One question about the journal assignment

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Today

Today

  • Course journal review

  • Lecture: encyclopedias & Wikipedia

  • Group activity: finding encyclopedias @ Fogler

  • Demonstration of various reference tools

  • Homework & readings for next week


Course journals

Course Journals

  • One question about the journal assignment

  • One idea about accomplishing one task from the journal rubric


Encyclopedias

Encyclopedias

  • Best source for finding a general overview of a topic based on established knowledge

  • A tertiary source… “established knowledge”

    • Also “review articles” or “literature reviews”

    • What are primary and secondary?

  • Most useful in the early stages of research

  • Unlike most web pages, undergo review and fact checking by editors

  • Articles are written by top experts in the field


Encyclopedias1

Encyclopedias

  • The best encyclopedias are not readily and freely available on the web

  • Not the beginning and end of a research project… beginning only

    • Do not contain new or original research

    • Not up to date (but often you can find a review article that is)

  • Specialized encyclopedias provide greater level of depth than general encyclopedias


Wikipedia

Wikipedia

  • How does Wikipedia differ from traditional encyclopedias?


Searching for encyclopedias

Searching for Encyclopedias

  • Let’s see if Fogler Library has a specialized encyclopedia for a topic that you’re interested in.

    • On the Fogler homepage, select URSUS tab

    • Click on the URSUS logo to navigate to the URSUS search page

    • Click the “Advanced Search” link

    • In the first drop down box, change “Any Field” to “Subject”

    • In the blank box next to “Subject”, enter “encyclopedias”

    • In the second field, leave the drop down set to “Any Field”

    • Enter a topic in the box (i.e. cats, fruit, etc.)

    • Change the “Location” box to University of Maine Catalog

    • Click the “Submit” button


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