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INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS. INFORMATION & RESEARCH Donna L. Schulman, Lenz Library dls30@cornell.edu. Step 1: Brainstorming a topic. How?. 1 - Ask my best friend what I should do. 2 - Surf the Internet for a cool web site.

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interpersonal communications

INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS

INFORMATION

&

RESEARCH

Donna L. Schulman, Lenz Library

dls30@cornell.edu

step 1 brainstorming a topic how
Step 1: Brainstorming a topic. How?
  • 1 - Ask my best friend what I should do.
  • 2 - Surf the Internet for a cool web site.
  • 3 – Browse through some magazines while waiting for inspiration to strike.
  • 4 – Go for a run and daydream.
  • 5 - Reread my textbook for inspiration.
step 1a define your topic
Step 1a: DEFINE YOUR TOPIC
  • 1 – KEYWORDS.
  • 2 – Similar or Related Terms
  • [Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Thesaurus]
  • 3 - CREATE a QUESTION. ?
  • 4 – Who is your audience?
  • 5 – What kind of information will you need?
example
Example:
  • How does body language influence interpersonal communication in a business meeting?
step 2 background information what do i not use
Step 2: Background Information:what do I not use?
  • 1 – Encyclopedia.
  • 2 – Handbook.
  • 3 – Almanac.
  • 4 – Latest issue of Time magazine.
  • 5 – My cousin’s web site.
  • 6 – Book from the Library.
step 3 find the right library
Step 3:FIND THE RIGHT LIBRARY!
  • LARGE COLLECTION.
  • SPECIALIZED COLLECTION.
  • OPEN EVENINGS & WEEKENDS.
  • COMPUTER DATABASES.
  • TECHNICAL & PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE.
  • OFF-SITE DATABASE ACCESS.
sibl science industry business library nypl
E. 34th St. & Madison

founded 1996.

Over 70 computer stations.

Information Center (databases)

free Internet classes

SIBL: Science, Industry & Business Library, NYPL
how do i find a book in the library
1 - Browse the first shelves I come to.

2 - Ask the person shelving books

3 - Surf the Internet

4 - Use the Library CATALOG.

How Do I Find a Book in the Library?
step 4 find periodical articles what is a periodical
Step 4: Find Periodical Articles.What is a Periodical??
  • 1. Newstand magazines.
  • 2. Newspapers.
  • 3. Scholarly Journals.
  • 4. Industrial Newsletters.
  • 5. Professional Journals.
  • 6. Paper or Electronic Formats.
step 4 find periodical articles below select the wrong ways
Step 4: Find Periodical ArticlesBelow: select the WRONG ways.
  • 1 - Go to my local library and browse through all those magazines.
  • 2 –Buy some magazines from the local newstand.
  • 3 – Use a PERIODICAL INDEX.
  • 4 – Browse the World Wide Web.
  • 5 – Use a computer-based index.
use an index
USE AN INDEX!
  • BUSINESS PERIODICALS INDEX
  • NEW YORK TIMES INDEX
  • WALL STREET JOURNAL INDEX
  • PROQUEST DIRECT
  • ABI/INFORM
  • IAC MAGAZINE INDEX
  • SILVER PLATTER INDEXES
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New York Public Library Electronic Resources

http://www.nypl.org/branch/eresources.html

the internet use finding aids
The Internet: Use Finding Aids
  • 1. DIRECTORIES
    • Ex.: Yahoo! http://dir.yahoo.com/
  • 2. SEARCH ENGINES
    • Ex.: Google http://www.google.com
  • 3. HUB SITES
    • Ex.: HR-Guide.Com http://www.hr-guide.com
  • 4. HANDOUTS
authority
AUTHORITY
  • Can the author of the page be determined?
  • Is contact information provided (name, email, phone number or address)
  • Is the author affiliated with an organization? Or is the author speaking for him or her self?
  • Are qualifications or credentials for the individual or organization provided?
objectivity
OBJECTIVITY
  • Does the author have a bias or agenda? (Is this bias stated or hidden?)
  • Does the author indicate his or her goal in providing the information?
accuracy coverage
ACCURACY/COVERAGE
  • Is the source of information provided?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • What is the focus of the information?
  • What is the depth of coverage?
currency
CURRENCY
  • Are dates included ("First Posted" date, "Last Updated" date)?
  • If not, is date on “source” view?
  • Is the information current or out of date?
people are sources of information step 6
PEOPLE ARE SOURCES OF INFORMATION (step 6)
  • INTERVIEW ACCREDITED EXPERTS
  • COME PREPARED WITH WRITTEN QUESTIONS
  • DOCUMENT YOUR INTERVIEWS

William B. Harrison, Jr.,J.P. Morgan Chase CEO

review seven steps
REVIEW: SEVEN STEPS

1. Identify & Develop Your Topic (Phrase as a Question).

2. Find Background Information (Use Catalog to find Encyclopedias, Books, etc.)

3. Locate an Appropriate Library.

review seven steps ctd
REVIEW: SEVEN STEPS (ctd)

4. Use Indexes to Find Periodical Articles.

5. Find Internet Sources.

6. Interview People Sources (if appropriate).

7. Evaluate What You Find.

remember
REMEMBER!
  • USE LIBRARIAN AS A RESOURCE
  • TAKE NOTES.
  • DOCUMENT ALL SOURCES.
  • USE CREDIBLE SOURCES.
  • HAVE FUN!!