When I decided to research my topic, plagiarism, and it’s effects, it came as no surprise to me that what I would find would be two entirely different things. I decided to use my favorite internet search engine, Google, and the scholarly website provided by Professor Leonard, EBSCOhost. I searched on Google first and it came as expectedly, I got results about the definition of ‘plagiarism’. When I searched plagiarism and its effects, I was able to see a bit more. I then used the scholarly search and actually found articles that were relevant to my topic. I was able to find scholarly articles about plagiarism and the effects that correlate to it. However, Google was able to show me some scholarly articles but it had only shown me 6 scholarly articles. When I did the same search, plagiarism and its effects, on EBSCO, there were much more. This hadn’t been a surprising ‘adventure’ mainly because I’ve already tried this in class and found that the leading scholarly search provided me with actually evidence that could be used. Further on, any future research assignments I would not only use Google but instead also use one of the scholarly search engines that the school supplies us with.
Today we discussed finding articles and other content from library databases. Slides from today area available here. I distributed guidelines for the research paper outline, due Wednesday, November 6. Here are some suggested databases that may be useful as you search for articles on your research topics:
- Academic Search Complete (use the Choose Databases link to cross-search multiple EBSCO databases)
- Opposing Viewpoints
- Communication & Mass Media Complete
- also Project MUSE, JSTOR, and ScienceDirect
Remember that the annotated bibliography is due by noon on Friday 11/1, emailed to me as an attachment. I’ll be away at a conference next week, but my colleagues Prof. Beilin and Prof. Smale (Monday and Wednesday, respectively) will be teaching those days. Next week we’ll discuss how and why to evaluate information. For Monday, please review the following websites on how to evaluate information:
UC Berkeley Library, Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask
Cornell University Libraries, Critically analyzing information sources.
Your blogging assignment is one research journal blog post in response to the following prompt:
Do a search on your research topic in at least one internet search engine and one library database. What words or phrases did you use to search?
What are the similarities and differences between the results of your two searches?
Today we discussed searching (and finding!) in library catalogs. We discussed the CUNY library catalog, the Library of Congress Classification Outline, WorldCat, and reviewed LibX, a browser add-on to make your searching more efficient.
On Wednesday, we’ll discuss searching in library databases. Please read Badke, chapter 5 (pp. 94-120). Since databases have great potential for your discover of relevant, high-quality scholarly sources, here is a quick preview:
- Off-campus access help
- Review Badke, 118-120 and DO the practice exercises
- Try these databases: Academic Search Complete, Lexis-Nexis, Opposing Viewpoints, Communication & Mass Media Complete
Remember, the due date for the annotated bibliography is now Friday, November 1. Please email your assignment to me as an attachment by noon that day