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Information Evaluation & Library Resources

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Amy Peterson

on 24 October 2017

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There are many answers.

First, not everyone can afford to have the equipment and technology needed to access the internet in their home.

However, everyone must access the internet now for a variety of crucial things, such as finding employment or obtaining access to government services.
Libraries are often referred to as "the great equalizers"...

In other words, access to a library means all people in a community have access to resources for work, recreation, and personal enrichment.
I have a report due.

Why can't I just use Google to find the information I need?
As we like to say at the library...

Google can help you find 50,000 answers to your question, but a librarian can help you find the one answer you need.
In the Google age many people wonder, "why do we need libraries?"
I don't want to say that Google isn't useful. Google is a powerful, easy to use, and effective tool. I use
it everyday, many times a day.

However, for academic research,
the web has limitations.

As we know, the internet is not regulated for accuracy. Anybody in this room can create a website that says anything they want it to say.
So how can I tell if a website is reliable enough to use for academic research?
One way to evaluate websites is to look at the web address.

Is it a .com? a .org? a .gov? a .edu?

Most websites that have a .com extension, which stands for commercial, are questionable for research purposes. Some might consider a .org slightly more reliable, which are usually used by not-for-profit organizations.
Let's look at an example of a famous .org...
This website looks great, doesn’t it? Official-looking, well-designed, and it has an .org extension.

Is it a legitimate website?
So if I can’t trust what I find through Google, where do I get information for my report?
Ask a Librarian!
No really, it’s a thing. Ask a Librarian is a free service that you can access at www.askalibrarian.org.

You can get answers to questions via text, email, or live webchat from Florida librarians.
You can also visit the school library or any public library and get help.

For example...

You are working on the Fairchild Challenge.
You need information about tropical
environments and the plants found

There are some excellent sources of information available for this type of research. Here are a few I would recommend…
Go to www.destiny.dadeschools.net

Click on W.R. Thomas Middle

Check out our resources...

Look at the Academic Assistant,
Magazines and Newspapers,
and Reference Room links.

These are all reliable sources of information for school use.
Access databases under "Reference Room".
Databases are online sources of information that are the most reliable choice for academic research. Organizations like the public school system, colleges, and public library systems pay for access to these online collections of data, and members or students can access them.
Another good source of online information is the Florida Electronic Library.

You can access hundreds of periodicals (journals, magazines and newspapers) through this site.

Find the link on our school's Destiny Homepage.
databases aren’t just for work...
Check out the public library's eBooks which can be downloaded anywhere to any tablet, eReader or portable device like a smartphone!
My favorite public library database is…

You can LEGALLY download up to
3 songs a week per library card!

The public library is as much a source for entertainment as it is for research and work.

For example, they have great resources for school work, bu they also have DVDs and videogames for all platforms available for checkout.

They also have passes that can be checked out to get into local attractions for free, like the Art Museum or the Zoo.

So what are you waiting for...go get a public library card already! Go to www.mdpls.org to see which library is closest to your home.
Let's talk a little about how to format and cite your work.

A format is the way in which you structure your paper. Indenting and spacing are examples of formatting.

When you are writing a report or paper, you must tell the reader
where you got your information from. That is a citation.

Formatting and citing can be really tough, because it
has to be done in a very particular way.

The two most common types of formats for writing are MLA (Modern Language Association) and APA (American Psychological Association). Think of these as two sets of rules for writing for academic purposes. They are often referred to as a "style".
but Wait, what does that even mean?!
The majority of the information from these resources is from a print source we are accessing electronically.

Most articles you access through databases have the works cited information already formatted for your convenience, so be sure to check the end of the article.

Try databases!
The school's databases can be accessed on any computer, at any time of day, by any student. And they are your best bet for research for projects. Let see how they work...
HOW DO I FIGURE ALL this stuff OUT?!
Google is a good tool...but like any tool,
it is useless if you don't know how to use it.

Let's talk about a few tips for searching.

Google needs you to tell it what to do.

To tell it to search for something specific, use quotes.
Example: "tropical plants"

To omit something from your search, put a dash before it.
Example: "tropical plants" -palm trees

To search for information with a date range, use two periods between numbers. Example: "tropical plants" 2010..2013

It is a famous internet hoax site so well perpetrated that it fooled a popular internet news resource called the Huffington Post, who in 2009 posted a headline with this this link on their front page. Common sense should have told their editors that there are no feasible plans to turn Central Park into an airport, but the website was so good, it tricked them!

The best web sources for research are usually .edu extensions, used by schools, or .gov extensions which are websites regulated and maintained by a government agency.
So when you are doing research on your own, how can you find reliable information for school projects and reports?
The Academic Assistant link has a dictionary, good for looking up definitions.

The atlas is good for
geographical information.

Use the encyclopedia to begin your research, and to help you to see the sub-topics in your assigned topic.
The good news is, you are not expected to memorize any of this. You will use a book called a style manual to help you know what to do.

Also, you can access information online about using these writing styles.
Google the site: "OWL at Purdue".

OWL stands for Online Writing Lab, and this is a reliable
website set up by Purdue University as a resource for all students.

When you are writing a paper or report, the instructor will usually tell you use APA or MLA style. (If they don't say, be sure to ASK!!!!)

The OWL has extensive guides for both. Let's take a look...
I know! That's why you have a library/media center here at school...come back and get help!
This is so much information...I can't remember everything!
The Library/Media Center is here to help you with all your information needs...come in any time after school, or ask your teachers for a pass to come get help.
Ms. peterson,
super librarian at your service!
An overview of your topic
To get ideas for a thesis
To narrow your topic
Good Uses For Google:
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