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  1. LIBRARY & RESEARCH SKILLS GNED 500 Global Citizenship: from Social Analysis to Social Action 26 Jan 2011 sotTom Kokkinias , Instructor; Liz Dobson, Librarian

  2. Social Action Project Sample topics: • Pollution • Peak oil • Cars and the environment • Equality & inequality • Poverty • War • Etc

  3. Richard Florida, U of T professor &author of The Rise of the Creative Class

  4. GNED 500: Social analysis to social actionWorld electricity map (Source: NASA photo – 5 Oct 2008)

  5. World electricity map (detail)(Source: NASA photo – 5 Oct 2008)

  6. OECD countries (2009)

  7. World Energy Consumption (Source: International Energy Agency (2008) OECD - Approx 50%

  8. OECD Population & World(Source: OECD World Factbook (2009) 17.7%

  9. World Population Chart1950 – Projected 2050Source: International Monetary Fund ,2004)

  10. Hybrid & electric cars: will they make a difference to the environment?

  11. Library resources…

  12. library.centennialcollege.ca Distance Access

  13. Step 1 Choose your topic & make sure it is clearly defined

  14. Start your research • Get background information – Internet, encyclopedias, books… • Get research reports & tune into the issues and debates- electronic databases (‘e-resources’) for journal & newspaper articles , Internet (selected sites)…

  15. Need to revise your topic? Once you have done some searching, you may find that you will need to revise your topic Possible Reasons: • You can’t find publications on your topic • Your topic is discussed, but not in the way you expected • Your topic is too general – you discover that it has too many aspects (‘sub-topics’) to handle in one essay • You see a lot of material on a related aspect that you find more interesting and/or more practical

  16. Google Scholar – for academic journal articles on the Internet

  17. Google Books – for e-books on the Internet

  18. Personal contacts…

  19. Research help…

  20. Purdue University Library – Online Writing Lab (OWL) website on APA style…

  21. About Plagiarism

  22. Your essay normally includes 3types of material… • Your ideas • Your summaries of others’ ideas and facts • Quotations from your sources (MLA Handbook, 2009)

  23. From: Centennial College Academic Honesty and Plagiarism Policy

  24. E-resources in the library(journal & newspaper articles, & specialized databases) …

  25. About databases & journal articles… Databases: Licensed electronic resources - many let you search tens of thousands of articles at one time Journals: • Published in issues regularly (weekly, monthly, etc.) • Each issue contains several articles (essays) by different authors

  26. About databases & the Internet – what’s the difference…? Internet Quality varies widely Inherent commercial bias Huge Limited user search tools Databases (E-resources) More academic info, more consistent reliable quality Commercial free Big Precision tools for searching 43

  27. Sample record in a database – Note: FIELDS Manage your results… print, email, save, etc…

  28. Sample APA style citation from Research Library database (ProQuest vendor)

  29. Sample APA style citation from Academic Search Premier database (EBSCO vendor)

  30. Sample search for full text articles in a database…