Ms. Doyle, District Librarian Finding Academic Sources
Please get ready to write in your journal. • Entries will be marked in purple • You will have 5 entries total
Yes, I Wikipedia, too. • Talk to someone next to you: • Do you think Wikipedia is a good source of information? Is it reliable? • What have teachers told you about using Wikipedia for research? Yes or no? • Can you think of any good ways to use Wikipedia for research? • Share with the class.
So…what CAN you use? Journal entry #1: Academic sources: 1. Have been edited and fact-checked 2. Written by an expert 3. May include a works cited list 4. Often from a library database
Journal Entry #2: Finding a book or database A. Start on your school home page B. Click “Library” tab
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Try a Library Database instead Newspapers, magazines, journals, pictures, reference books, primary sources School pays for access Edited/fact checked Home passwords are on Library Home Page – log in to Edline
World Book Encyclopedia • Basic facts and statistics about big historical events, countries, etc.
World Book: Keyword Searches Only In keyword searching, computer finds words anywhere in the article.
Subject searching? • Yes! Menu drops down with suggested subject headings. • If no subject appears, can search using keywords. “Basque” is not a subject heading.
Better Gale PowerSearches Video: http://youtu.be/6vCaH2OfKOo
Subject searching? • Yes! Gale also allows you to combine TWO subject headings for a very powerful search.
3. Use Database Tools A. Notice that you can make citations for database articles for your Works Cited list B. Email to yourself
Let’s try to find the treasures. Journal entry #4: You’ll get a handout with printed pages from the Internet. Decide which sources (A-F) are most academic. Rank them in your notes the order you would use them for research. Write one sentence to explain. Example: 1. Source C is most academic –it’s written by a history professor and includes a works cited list. …..then do 2-5….. 6. Source A is least academic –it’s just advertising and has no real info.
Wrapping Up 5. Write down one question you still haveabout finding academic sources for this project • Share with the class?
Contact me • Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for help • Or come by the library on Monday (LOHS) or Tuesday (Lakeridge) – usually!
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