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British Library Presentation

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Introductions and Housekeeping
Taking the Tour
Digital Research
- What makes a good question?

The British Library is the busiest
research library in the world.
It has 2000 staff and 11 reading rooms,
with over 1500 reader's desks.
It is one of the 4 largest libraries in the world,
with over 200 million items in the collection.
The Library keeps a copy of everything formally published in the UK.
It has documents in every human language that has ever gone into print.
It has 8000 new acquisitions every day.

It's biggest book is the 'Klenke Atlas' at nearly 2 metres high,
and it's smallest is a version of the poem 'Old King Cole' which is 1mm square.
The British Library keeps over 7,000,000 items
at a special complex in Boston Spa in Yorkshire.

Exercise One:
Fact and Fiction
The Ritblat Gallery
Prezi
Email: learning@bl.uk
Password: digitalpathways

Animoto
Email: learning@bl.uk
Password: digitalpathways


Useful resources and tools:
Google Cache
Webpage Info / code
http://en.citizendium.org/
http://archive.org/
http://scholar.google.co.uk/
http://www.whois.com/whois/
Visual Trace Route tools
Read and Write Gold
The British Library!
John Cabot - A Great Explorer

Enchanted Learning


All About Explorers
http://www.bhopal.com/
http://www.bhopal.org/
http://bhopal.net/
The Bhopal
Disaster

The Union Carbide Corporation

http://www.dow.com/
http://www.dowethics.com/

Literature
Music
Historical Documents
Maps & Views
Sacred Texts
Printing
Science
Digital Pathways



Mhairi Campbell

Being a researcher in the digital age
         
1. Defining ‘good’ research questions
          
2. Finding and selecting information
       
3. Communicating your findings
When and where was John Cabot born?
How many sons did Cabot have?
When did John Cabot die?
Focused
Defined
Answerable
Format of the book or document?
Form of language? Literature, report, diary, fact, fiction?
Audience?
Social/historical context?
Keep cuttings next to your PC and highlight keywords
Keep notes on an open Word doc to create an instant bibliography
Be aware of plagiarism!
Take grabs and paste into Word - save site and images
Use favourites to your best advantage – open a folder for each new research area and make sure you save useful pages
Use 'view source' (and other similar tools) and see what information you can find in the code
http://animoto.com/play/IObjU1GLfvrvZ346yMjx9g#
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/explorers/page/c/cabot.shtml
http://allaboutexplorers.com/explorers/cabot/
The Bhopal Disaster
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