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Strategies for Finding & Evaluating Sources (AE2)

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Kelley Wadson

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Transcript of Strategies for Finding & Evaluating Sources (AE2)

Library Resources & Research Tools
Library Research Workshop
Part 2: Research Tips/Tools
"House of Straw"
"...only a straw bale home makes sense. It's healthier than traditionally built houses, supports local farmers, saves money, and is thoughtful about the environment" (Lung, 2014, p. 14)
1) Use a source to find more sources
Identify key points
Use Points to Find Keywords
(1) "Less of a burden on local and regional environments"
2) Use Boolean operators to build a search statement
4) Use Full-Text Finder to Browse or Search Publications
(2) "twice as fire-resistant...passed rigorous earthquake and stress tests" and "exceed thermal building codes"
environmental impact
environmental responsibility
wood consumption
natural building materials
fire resistance
stress tests
building codes and standards
building regulations

Search Statement
Housing or building or construction
Straw bale
Straw bale
Thermal or insulation or heating
1) Use a source to find more sources
2) Use Boolean operators
3) Use subject headings/descriptors
4) Search by publication
Identify key points in the source
Choose search terms
Search library catalogue or a database
"Tags" used to
index sources on the same topic
, regardless of the words used in the source
3) Use Subject Headings/Descriptors
Review: How to Access Online Library Resources
BVC + student ID,
i.e. BVC123456
four digits
of phone number
Catalogue and databases on library website:
Narrow: AND
Expand: OR
Refine: NOT
What are the
main arguments/themes
Does the author refer to
other sources
Are there
key concepts/theories
What would you like to
learn more about
Identify key types of information/formats available in the library
Review and apply new research tips/tools for searching the library catalogue/databases
Part 1: Information Types/Formats in the Library
Common Format(s)
Typical Characteristics
Get broad/general understanding of a topic
Get reliable, advanced/technical, and specific understanding of aspects of a topic
Short essays/entries in encyclopedias/dictionaries in reference databases/websites
General, introductory
Easy to read
Written by experts
Articles published in academic journals
Books published by university presses
Research-based reports
Hard to read
Written by scholars/experts
Get practical, hands-on information applicable to a specific industry/career
Articles published in professional magazines/journals
Books by practitioners, e.g. doctor, social worker, etc.
Get current, everyday information on a topic, issue, or event
Articles published in newspapers, magazines, and websites (e.g. personal blogs)
Specific, practical, news/trends
Usually easy, sometimes
hard to read
Written by professionals
Entertaining, factual or opinion
Easy to read
Written by journalists
Search/browse publications
Drop-In Workshops
APA Style Basics:
Using Library Databases:
Choosing the Best Information for Assignments:
Finding & Using Peer-Reviewed Articles:
Wednesday, May 24 - 1:00-3:00 pm
Monday, May 29 - 10:00-12:00 pm
Preventing Plagiarism:
Friday, May 19 - 10:30-12:00 pm
Tuesday, June 13 - 1:00-2:30 pm
Thursday, June 15 - 11:00-12:30 pm
Research 101:
Tuesday, May 30 – 11:00-12:30 pm
Thursday, June 1 – 10:00-11:30 am
Tuesday, June 6 – 1:00-2:30 pm
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