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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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