Thursday, October 25, 2012

Office Hours

I will not have office hours for the next two weeks (10/29 and 11/5). If you have questions, please e-mail.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Banned Books Event (alternative to News Report)

If you attend Randall Library's banned books panel discussion you can blog about the event instead of doing news report 4 or 5. Your blog post must be posted when that news report is due. In other words, if you decide to blog about the event instead of doing news report #5, be sure it is posted before 12:30 p.m. on the due date for news report #5.

More information about the event here:

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Announcement: News Report #4

For News Report #4, which is due on 11/6 (Election Day!), you have two options:

1) Do the "usual" assignment OR

2) Blog about fact checking. You can do this any way you want: Find a story about what fact checking is or find several facts you want to check (related to the Presidential campaign specifically) and describe how you went about the process or make a list of some of the facts that one or both candidates got wrong and how you investigated their claims.
Connect fact checking to information literacy. What is the connection? What is the connection between what fact checkers do and what you are learning in LIB 103?

Lecture about Databases

The PowerPoint from Thursday's (10/11) discussion about databases is available: Open or Download

There is no PowerPoint related to search techniques but I suggest you go through this site a few times after you have practice tomorrow (10/18): My Search Strategy

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

How to Find Article with Citation ("Infodiet" article)

When you have a citation for an article, your instinct is most likely to Google the title of that article. In some cases you might get lucky and find that article for free using Google. But as we've discussed in class, most of the time you can't. This is the case for one of your next readings. I did not provide a link to the article so you can start getting in the habit of locating articles on your own. Here are the steps:
  1. Go to the library website and click on "Looking for a journal? Already have a citation?" search box which is located below the "main" search box on the homepage. You would do this any time you have a citation for a magazine, newspaper, or journal.
  2. In this case you are looking for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Type this in and click "Go!"
  3. You are now taken to the library "catalog" which you might think of as a "portal" to get to journals that are in databases. It is like a "gateway" to the journals Randall Library subscribes to.
  4. Under "This title is available electronically via" you'll see a list of databases.
  5. You can use any of them but Academic Search Complete and MasterFILE Complete have the EBSCOHost interface and will likely look familiar to you. Click on either of those.
  6. You are now accessing the Chronicle of Higher Education through that library database.
  7. On the right side of the screen, click on "Search within this publication."
  8. As one of the words in the title is very unique ("Infodiet") you can type this into the second search box to retrieve the article you need. It is the first article in the list of results.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Changes to Syllabus / Class Tomorrow

I feel like we need to do a little catching up before we move into the second "half" of our course which focuses on research and the Library.
Please review our updated syllabus (linked on the right).

News report due dates have been updated as well as the date for your database presentations (which we will discuss after fall break). The annotated bibliography due dates remain the same.
I believe I have updated all documentation but if you see any errors or discrepences please let me know so that I can correct them.

Tomorrow's class will be our catch up class. We will:
  • Discuss your latest news reports
  • Discuss your ideas about the library of the future / Randall Library of the future
  • Catch up on topics such as citations, plagiarism, copyright, etc.
Be sure to bring your completed worksheets from yesterday to class.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Review PowerPoints

We have not (and will not) have time to go through these PowerPoints completely in class. Be sure to review each of them and let me know if you have any questions. You are responsible for the content of these for the final exam.

1) Overview of Libraries and Scholarly Communication (download or open)

2) Citations, Annotations, Abstracts, and Book Reviews (download or open)

3) Intellectual Property (download or open)