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Title: Now, a listserv member can post messages to the list [th

Library and Internet ResearchOnline, Offline,
All Around the TownA faculty presentation by
the Ursula C. Schwerin Library,New York City
Technical College,held on March 20, 2001
Information candy
  • Researchers feel like a kid in a candy store with
    an unlimited amount of money ...

Information candy
  • Give a kid 30 to spend in a candy store
  • The kid would buy as much as possible and then
    pig out.

Information candy
  • Are you like that kid?
  • When doing research or just using the Internet,
    many adults go bonkers and end up annoyed,
    disgusted and unproductive.

Information candy
  • Our aim is to make the research process not only
    easy and productive but satisfying and enriching.

Ever feel overwhelmed doing research?
  • Issues of learning new technologies
  • New formats for information info panic
  • Too much info glut

Ever feel overwhelmed doing research?
  • Keeping up with computer technology is stressful
    for 67 percent of US professors, according to a
    1999 study by the University of California, LA.
    Further, they find computer-related stress
    greater than teaching loads, felt by 62 percent
    of academics, or publishing pressure, felt by 50

Ever feel overwhelmed doing research?
  • The study found that while 87 percent of college
    professors use computers to send email and 85
    percent use them to write memos or letter, only
    35 percent use the Net to conduct research and 38
    percent use computers to create classroom

The result
  • Inappropriate information
  • Doing too much work
  • Missing the best information.

The result
  • Imagine how undergraduates who have never used a
    library, a computer, or the Internet feel!

Keep It Simple Solutions
  • Quality not quantity
  • Know the big picture
  • Expect the unexpected
  • Research is a life-long learning skill.

The world of information
  • Traditional library materials
  • Licensed resources full-text databases and
    other sources that CUNY pays for
  • Internet guides and experts
  • Content websites
  • Online discussion groups
  • Invisible web.

Types of research
  • Finding specific facts looking up information
  • Getting background information on broader topics
    exploring and learning
  • Exhaustive research everything and anything
  • Focused research best and most appropriate
    information resources.

Information literacy at a glance--knowing
  • How to locate information venues such as
    libraries and the Internet
  • The tools for research
  • How to use these tools
  • How to retrieve research
  • How to evaluate and incorporate research into
    learning including critical thinking about
    information sources.

Ursula C. Schwerin Library
  • Welcome to a brief overview of City Techs

Ursula C. Schwerin Library
  • The library's holdings include more than
  • 175,000 books
  • Over 600 current periodical subscriptions
  • Nearly 5500 audiovisual items
  • Extensive vertical file collections of pamphlets,
    pictures, menus, corporate annual reports, and
    career information.

Ursula C. Schwerin Library
  • Online resources include
  • CD-ROMs
  • Our website
  • E-books
  • E-journals
  • Databases.

Ursula C. Schwerin Library website
  • Explore our virtual exhibits and guides
  • Tutorials and other learning resources regularly

Ursula C. Schwerin Library website
  • Contact library faculty
  • Learn how to get access to electronic resources
    from home
  • Website content regularly updated.

Library website for faculty
  • Our website now has a special section just for

Ursula C. Schwerin Library
  • Another key resource in the library
  • Library faculty.

Library guide
  • A wonderful training tool for student retention
    of library tours or
  • A quick self-guided tour of the library.

Dont forget about paper
  • Encyclopedias and other reference works are often
    the best place to begin the research process.

Books, books, books
  • METRO pass provides access to local libraries
  • Interlibrary loan on a national level
  • CUNY open access policy for all students and

Finding books (and other materials)
  • Two versions of CUNY online catalog older DPAC
    software and web-version

  • netLibrary
  • Books can be downloaded onto your computer and
    read offline!

Finding periodical articles
  • Paper indexes on main floor of library
  • Online indexes providing access to both citations
    and full-text

Finding periodical articles
  • Our core collection of resources
  • Online indexes providing access to citations and
  • These are the so-called licensed resources that
    CUNY pays considerable amounts of for!

Finding periodical articles
  • The core of the core
  • Infotrac Expanded Academic
  • Lexis-Nexis
  • Find both on the CUNY licensed resources page.

Browsing for periodical articles
  • Scholarly e-journals on the Net (free)
  • Browsing online JSTOR

Browsing for periodical articles
  • Keep up with new articles in your discipline by
    browsing journal tables of contents online.
    Current Contents Connect allows searching and
    browsing of journal literature in all scholarly
    disciplines. Look for the link to CCC on the
    right-hand column of the CUNY Licensed
    Resources page.

Browsing for periodical articles
  • This service allows the user to select databases
    by broad discipline area
  • Agriculture, Biology Environmental Sciences
  • Social Behavioral Sciences
  • Clinical Medicine
  • Life Sciences
  • Physical, Chemical Earth Sciences
  • Engineering, Computing Technology
  • Arts Humanities

More browsing
  • Dont forget to use bibliographies both in books
    and on the Net.
  • See U. Houston Libraries Indexes, Abstracts,
    Bibliographies, and Table of Contents Services

More browsing
  • Many professional organizations maintain archives
    of their newsletter and other publications on
    their websites.

Dont forget
  • A wealth of information can be found on
    professional organization websites including
  • Conference information
  • Call for papers
  • New publications
  • News
  • Job listings.

Research strategies Writing as planning
  • Write out your query as an abstract in order to
    better define and clarify it
  • Write down keywords
  • Write down synonyms and variants for keywords and
    repeat searches with those variants.

Research strategies time management
  • Evaluate how much time you have and how extensive
    the research needs to be
  • Prioritize research resources
  • Consider value of respective resources.

Research strategies get expert advice
  • Discuss your preliminary research with an expert
    a librarian or a subject expert.

Research strategies discuss your query with peers
  • Find an Internet discussion group related to your
    research topic
  • Join it and
  • Post your query.

Research strategies discuss your query with peers
  • How do can Internet discussion groups be
  • Through websites of professional and other
  • http// Liszt is a browsable and
    searchable directory of Internet discussion

Research strategies discuss your query with peers
  • How do Internet discussion groups work?
  • Some are web-enabled postings, replies and
    archives are all done via a webpage
  • Most are via email. Many discussion groups run on
    a program called listserv. Listserv is so common
    that Internet discussion groups are often called

Research strategies discuss your query with peers
  • How does a listserv work?
  • Send a message to the server the computer that
    handles the automation of the discussion group
    to join
  • You will get an email back confirming that you
    have joined the list group discussion

Research strategies Discuss with peers
  • How does a listserv work?
  • Some groups have a moderator who screen who can
    join the group
  • Now, a listserv member can post messages to the
    list the people in the discussion group
  • The list and the server each has a distinct email

Research strategies
  • Consider presentation of information, e.g. do you
    need webpages for online teaching ...

Research strategies
  • Online research is NOT about search engines
  • Quality, not quantity stay focused.

Search engines just comb the surface
  • A Jan 31 2001 New York Times article reports that
    current search engines have access to less than
    one percent of all the pages on the Web.

  • A Jan. 2001 survey by Roper Starch Worldwide
    found that on average, users get angry and
    frustrated after 12 minutes of fruitless
    searching. For 7 percent of respondents, it only
    takes 3 minutes before web-rage strikes.

  • The vast majority (86 percent) of those polled by
    Roper Starch felt an efficient means of searching
    for information on the Web should be in place.
    Almost a third of Internet users said they spent
    about two hours per week searching for the
    information they needed, while 71 percent felt
    frustrated from searching, regardless of whether
    their search was successful or not.

Internet guides
  • Use expert websites these websites are guides to
    all websites and other Internet resources in an
  • Find them by going to The Argus Clearinghouse.

Search engines and directories
  • Yahoo
  • The web organized by intelligent human beings
    into an orderly whole directory browsing.
    Limited number of websites.
  • Altavista
  • The old dependable search engine. Has basic and
    advanced searching capabilities and a variety of
    nice specialized search features including image

Search engines and directories
  • Google
  • Google indexes the most webpages of any single
    search engine. Now indexes scanned image pages
    (.pdf files).
  • Dogpile
  • Dogpile is a metasearch engine a search engine
    of search engines. It includes a variety of types
    of search engines and features at least ten
    different search engines.

Search engines and directories
  • Become an expert or at least understand how they
    work at Search Engine Watch.

Searching in general
  • When searching, its very helpful to write out
    keywords and phrases and get comfortable with
    Boolean searching.

Searching in general
  • Boolean searching is about using
  • AND
  • OR and
  • NOT
  • and allows the user to refine or expand searches.

Searching in general
  • The Boolean AND is the most important concept to
    understand because it allows us to combine search

Searching in general
  • For example, to find information on group work
    with adolescents, the search would be worded
  • group work AND adolescents

Searching in general
  • To get more sophisticated, we could bring in some
    OR terms for example
  • group work AND adolescents OR teens

Searching in general
  • Try our tutorial on Expanded Academic ASAP to
    learn more about smart searching. It is located
    on our website under Tutorials.

Search engines only find indexed pages
  • Gary Prices Direct Search The Invisible Web
    links to the search interfaces of resources that
    contain data not easily or entirely
    searchable/accessible from general search tools
    like Alta Vista, Google, or Hotbot. Searchers
    often fail to realize that a massive amount of
    information is not easily or entirely
    searchable/accessible via these search tools.
    Material "hidden" from the general search tools
    is said to reside on the Invisible Web.

Current awareness
  • Internet Scout
  • Did you know that the Internet Scout can email a
    monthly update on new resources in subject

Critical skills
  • Evaluating Internet resources
  • This website is an exhaustive bibliography/webliog
    raphy of teaching tools on evaluating Internet
    resources. Please let library faculty know if you
    need a specialized resource for your teaching.

Final thoughts
  • Library faculty are here for you and your
    students in many ways ...

Final thoughts
  • To collaborate in the integration of technology
    into the curriculum.

Final thoughts
  • To assist in your professional and academic

Final thoughts
  • To enhance life-long learning skills.

Final thoughts
  • To develop information literacy skills that
    enhance academic achievement, academic retention
    and workforce success!

The end.