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  1. Unit 7 Term Project • Assigned topic • Reference source • Books • Magazine article • Journal article • Web document

  2. Term Project • Grade • 25% of final grade; follow directions, do it carefully • Must be word processed • Hand written projects will not be accepted • Completion date • Friday, March 26. 2004 • Plagiarism: How to Avoid It • Your own work; no help from librarians, friends • Plagiarism means failure

  3. Topics • Assigned topic is broad, general • Narrow it down with 2nd idea • Items you find should be related to a re-defined topic – the broad topic and the 2nd idea.

  4. Library Reference Room Find a Subject Encyclopedia Re-define the Topic • Select subject area for topic • Use LC codes, find a subject encyclopedia with essay on the topic • Use essay to restate topic with a 2nd idea • Provide title, call number of subject encyclopedia, pages with essay

  5. ExampleBroad Topic: Terrorism • 1. Subject encyclopedia with essay • Sociology (HM-HX); Political Science (J-JX) • A. Title, Call Number, Pages with Essay • Encyclopedia of Sociology • Call number: Ref HM45.E5 Pages: 337-342 • Oxford Companion to Politics of the World • Call number: Ref JA61.O95; Pages: 829-831 • B. Restated Topic • Terrorism and Personality Types

  6. 2-3. Finding Books • 2. Find book in Feinberg Library catalog • Search words used • MLA book citation • 3. Find book using commercial database • Name of a database used • Search words used • MLA book citation • Use relevance, scholarship to select books

  7. Example • 2. Find a book in Feinberg Library • A. Search words: terrorists • B. MLA Book Citation: • Dobson, Christopher and Ronald Payne. The Terrorists: Their Weapons, Leaders, and Tactics. New York: Facts on File, 1982.

  8. Example • 3. Find a book in commercial database • A. Name of database used • NetLibrary Electronic Books • B. Search words used • Terrorists and personality • C. MLA book citation • Silke, Andrew. Terrorists, Victims, and Society: Psychological Perspectives on Terrorism and its Consequences. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2003.

  9. 4. Use Expanded Academic ASAP to Find a Magazine Article • A. What search words did you use • B. How many records did you find? • MLA magazine citation

  10. Example • A. Search words used • Terrorists and psychological aspects • B. Records found • 57 records • MLA magazine citation • Zakaria, Fareed. “Suicide Bombers Can Be Stopped.” Newsweeek 25 August 2003: 57. Expanded Academic ASAP. Plattsburgh State University Library. 4 March 2004 <http://www.Infotrac. Galegroup.com>.

  11. 5. Select a Subject Database to Find a Scholarly Journal Article • A. Name of database selected • B. Search words used • C. How many records found • MLA journal citation

  12. Example • A. Name of database used • Social Sciences Abstracts • B. Search words used • terrorists and psychology • Records found: 7 • MLA journal citation Beck, Aaron T. “Prisoners of Hate.” Behavior Research and Therapy 40.3(2002):209-16.

  13. 6. Use a Search Engine to Find a Web Document • A. Name of search engine used • B. Search words used • C. How many records found • MLA Web document citation

  14. Example • Name of search engine used: Teoma • Search words • Terrorism “personality types” • Records found: 943 • MLA Web document citation Library of Congress (Federal Research Division). The Sociology and Psychology of Terrorism: Who Becomes a Terrorist and Why. September 1999. 4 March 2004 <http://www.fas.org/irp/threat/frd.html>.

  15. Grading • Quality of items you select • Suitability to the topic as you restated it • Authority, authorship • Documentation, scholarship • Quality of the citations • Perfect MLA formatting • Word processed

  16. What Did We Learn? • How to use College and Library network • How and when to use Reference Room find reference sources for topics • How and when to use Web directories and search engines • How and when to use commercial databases • How to evaluate information • How to cite documents using MLA style

  17. Written Final Exam • Final exam in class – Oct. 15, 2003 • Several questions with one sentence answers – no multiple choice • Hands on demonstration of your ability to use network and databases • Questions from all assignments, web readings on LIB101 page, powerpoint presentation notes.

  18. What to Focus On • How to find reference sources in ref room • Selecting, using commercial databases and online catalog • Choosing databases by subject areas • AND, OR, and field searching • Selecting and using Web search tools • Difference between directories and search engines • AND, OR, and field searching

  19. What to Focus On Know evaluation criteria • Signs of a “good” book • Difference between journal and magazine • How to judge a Web document

  20. Unit 6 Citation Corrections • Lewis, Bernard. The Crisis of Islam: Holy Was and Unholy Terror. New York: Modern Library, 2003. • Hoover, Judith D. and Leigh Ann Howard. “The Political Correctness Controversy Revisited.” American Behavioral Scientist 38.7 (1995): 963-976. INFOTRAC Expanded Academic ASAP. Plattsburgh State Univ. Lib., Plattsburgh. 3 Mar. 2004 <http://www.galegroup.com>.

  21. Unit 6 Citation Corrections • O’Neill, William L. “Political Correctness at Rutgers.” The New Leader 13 February 1995: 11-14. • Hackbarth, Steven. The Burmese Mountain Dog. 3 May 1999. 3 Feb. 2004 <http//lme.mankato.msus.edu/akcj3/bmd.html>.