Monday, September 27, 2010

Thursday's .ppt on Citations, Annotations, Abstracts, and Book Reviews

Here are the PowerPoint slides from Thursday's (9/23) lecture: .ppt

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Help with MLA

An interactive way to learn MLA:

Purdue's MLA guide online:

MLA Handbook For Writers Of Research Papers (MLA) in Randall Library: LB2369 .G53 2009 (Copies are available in the General Collection and at the Learning Commons/Reference Desk)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

In Class Today

As we're covering quite a bit today in class, I thought it best to post some of the resources we'll cover:

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Test #1 (9/21)

Your first test will be approximately 30 questions.

Half of the questions will be multiple choice questions about the library lingo you are responsible for knowing.

The remaining questions will be short answer and can address all material discussed prior to today. It will not include questions from 9/16's lecture and discussion.

Be sure you are familiar with:

  • The information cycle (You might find this tutorial useful)
  • The discussion questions about the "Signs of the Times" video
  • CRITIC (What does this stand for? What should you use it for?)
  • What it means to be media literature
  • The definitions of misinformation and disinformation
  • Basic principles of how search engines work
  • The term "information technology"

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Today's Discussion

Today in class, we will discuss how search engines work and how to use the web for research. We will not have time, however, to discuss all the slides during class. You are responsible for understanding the main concepts in the slides:

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Questions to Consider from Video

If you were not in class for the video, "Signs of the Times," you can watch it in the library. It is available on Reserves. Take this call number: P211 .S536 1996 to the Circulation Desk (front desk on first floor). It is VHS and there are VHS players in the library's viewing room (first floor). You will need your UNCW ID to check out the video and to access the viewing room.

Here are some questions you should consider:

  • In the video, “Signs of the Times” a variety of primitive information technology is shown. Describe some of these.

  • In the video, “Signs of the Times” experts commented on the future of the book. Describe one expert’s opinion on this.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

PowerPoint from 9/7

The PowerPoint presentation from Tuesday (9/7) is available online:

Evaluating Information:

You are responsible for material not covered during class.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

No Office Hours on 9/13

I will not hold office hours on Monday, 9/13. Please contact me via e-mail if you have questions.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

No Class Today (9/2)

As classes are cancelled at 4 p.m. today, we will not meet at 3:30 p.m.

We will adjust our class time accordingly. All assignment dates remain the same. Your reading response should be posted before 3:30 p.m. today.

Let me know if you have any questions (


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Subject: UNCW Under Tropical Storm Warning; Classes Cancelled After 4 p.m. Thurs., Employees on Schedule

As of 11 a.m. EST on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010: UNCW remains under a Tropical Storm Warning issued by the National Hurricane Center for the Wilmington area that will remain in effect until Friday.

At this time, the university will continue normal operations. However, the following decisions have been made:
- Effective at 4 p.m., today (Thursday), classes are cancelled on the UNCW main campus and the Onslow Extension campus; all Friday classes will follow a normal schedule.
- The faculty meeting today scheduled for 4 p.m. today will still be held
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- All Thursday evening campus events are cancelled.
- Randall Library will close at 6 p.m. on Thursday; will reopen Friday by 8 a.m.
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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Videos of Interest

All of these videos relate to LIB 103. We watched the first three videos in class. You are not required to watch the others but you may find them interesting.

Watched in Class:

*Did You Know 4.0 (4:46)

*Information R/evolution (5:29)

*A Vision of Students Today (4:44)

Other Relevant Videos:

EPIC (8:45)

The Information Revolution: The Convergence of the Media (6:15)

The Internet Has a Face (4:42)

The Machine is Us/ing Us (Final Version) (4:34)