1. Throughout this entire course I certainly learned many new and useful things. One of the first things that will be most useful to me is knowing how to use databases very well. Before coming into this class, I probably would never used the database. However, now I have learned how to use databases well enough to gain useful and reliable sources with great quality. Another thing that will be useful for me is knowing how to find peer-reviewed articles. I am certain that it will help in the future when I need peer-reviewed sources to write papers for other classes. The third thing that will be useful for me is the knowledge of Google. I always used Google before but after this course I can use it much better to my advantage in many ways because I learned so many new things about this search engine.
2. One thing that I wish we had spent more time covering in class and learning more about was comparing Google to other search engines like Yahoo and MSN so we can better see the differences and similarities.
The three things that I learned this semester about doing research that have been the most useful to me are field searching, AND vs OR, and keywords. Field searching is a very useful for narrowing down search results. It’s also very helpful when you’re looking for a specific article. AND vs OR not only narrows down search results but also helps expand search results when its too narrow. Lastly, using keywords helps get more relevant search results than when you use your own keywords. The one thing that I wish we had spent more time covering in class is BEAM. I still don’t fully understand it and sometimes get confused when categorizing an article.
1. What three things that you learned this semester about doing research have been the most useful to you (or are likely to be the most useful to you)? Please explain why for each of those things.
Narrowing down on a topic was a useful research skill. I was reminded that, instead of trying to discuss everything, focusing on a smaller, more specific topic is easier to research and find information about. Learning to evaluate sources was also another helpful skill. It helps in knowing whether or not the source would be good to use for a paper and what kind of source it is. The BEAM was helpful as well. It makes it simpler to know how to use the source.
2. What is one thing that you wish we had spent more time covering in class or that we failed to get to in class? Why do you wish we had gotten to that?
I wish we looked at other search engines other than Google and maybe compare them. I remember a librarian at my high school showing us a site that compared search results of different search engines.
One of the things i wish we learned is how to narrow down databases to subjects.
Second thing i wish we went over longer is how to find citations for authors or how many citations an author has gotten altogether.
Third thing i wish we spent more time together as a group for the lc 14
- Most important things I learned this semester :
1. How to be more efficient in choosing the sources, and using library databases that will supply me with peer reviewed journals rather than sources that can be made by the public.
2. To always check the authors background information before citing or even using their work.
3. Developing a topic that will not be a yes or no answer or compare and contrast, but searching information before hand in order to create a research question or topic that will give a strong essay.
- I wish we had to spend a little more time on how the usage of databases, it was a little brief.
Write your own blog post here that answers these two questions:
- What three things that you learned this semester about doing research have been the most useful to you (or are likely to be the most useful to you)? Please explain why for each of those things.
- What is one thing that you wish we had spent more time covering in class or that we failed to get to in class? Why do you wish we had gotten to that?
Then, the class will be divided up into three-person groups. Members of each three person group will discuss how they answered the two questions. Then as a group they will decide how they will answer the two questions as a group. Those answers will be written up in a new blog post (one member of the team can do the typing and posting to the blog, but all members of the team should be listed by name in the blog post and should contribute to the creation of the post).
I’ve now finished grading all but two of the annotated bibliographies you did for the December 5 homework assignment and have some comments that you’ll want to take to heart as you work on your annotated bibliography for the final project.
- Make sure you follow the latest version of MLA style for your citations
- See the guide to MLA style from the online writing center at Purdue University, which is very good
- If you are copying automatically generated citation from a database or from a tool like EasyBib, double check that citation using the MLA style guide above (don’t put 100% in these automation tools)
- In your annotation, if you mention the name of a book, journal, magazine, or newspaper, you must set it in italics
Identifying Article Types
- For articles in your bibliography, you must specify correctly the type:
- peer-reviewed journal article
- non-peer-reviewed journal article
- magazine article
- newspaper article
- If you are stumped, you can ask me or any other librarian for help.
Spellcheck and Proofread Your Work
- There is no reason to do things like type “Google” as “google” (unless you are using the word as a verb)
- If you read your annotations aloud to yourself, you can easily spot wording that is awkward or grammatically incorrect
On the Official Google Blog, there’s a new post with a video from Google discussing how search has evolved at the company over the years. What do you think Google needs to do next? What direction should they head in? What kinds of things can’t you search for easily in Google that you wish you could?