Research and College Libraries
Most Colleges and Universities describe their three major missions as teaching, research, and service.
While each of these missions is vital, we know that without the ability to find and evaluate information
quickly the world would come to a standstill. Information feeds research, and research produces discoveries that improve our
quality of life.
Those who decide not to play, or who play poorly, will lack the ability to keep up, to participate,
and to succeed in college.
“Playing” means more than learning how to operate a computer or visiting the library. It means learning the basic research and critical thinking skills needed to make sense
of the vast amount of information at your fingertips.
IN THIS AGE OF INFORMATION, NOT EVERYTHING WE LOOK UP AND FIND IS RESEARCH
LEARNING TO BE INFORMATION LITERATE
Here are four things to remember about information:
Know that information
Know how and where to fine it
Know how to find and retrieve information
Learn how to interpret the information you find
Once you locate data, you need determine how the information fits your need?
Is it introductory
Is it definitional
Is it analytical
Is it current or dated
Whom are you going to tell about your discovery, and how
RESEARCH AND PRESENTING AN ASSIGNED TOPIC
As you prepare to research and present your Paper and Oral presentation there some techniques that
you should attempt to master in order to present your findings to the class and for the instructor.
Critical is selecting the correct database for your particular subject or topic.
(Print or Electronic sources)
have a topic, an inquiry task, and a product to produce.
Topic Organization Inquiry Task
Paper and /oral presentation
Problems, if any
Board of Veterans
As you research your data base, understand whether you need to use scholarly publications, popular
magazines or both. Do know the difference between the two?
In-dept information on topic
Broad overview of topic
Written by experts in the subject field
Written by journalist or staff
Graphs, tables, or photographs
Lots of color photos of
To support text
people and events
Articles “referred” or reviewed
Articles evaluate by editor
By peers in field
Documented by Works Cited
No bibliography provided,
Or Reference page
but sources credited
ASK A LIBRARIAN – LIBRARIANS TRIVE ON HELPING YOU
In your quest for information, you need to begin by assessing what you already know and explore for
a while on your own. However, you may decide to get some help. Ask a librarian. Librarians are information experts who are
trained to assist and guide you to the resources you need.
In recent history, s serious candidate for the American presidency was forced to withdraw from the
race when opponents discovered he had failed to give proper credit to a source he used in one of his speeches.
Everyone is on guard against idea thievery. When ideas
are put on paper, film, screens, or tape, they become intellectual property. Using
those ideas without permission and/or without saying where you got them, and sometimes without paying for them, can cost you
a grade, a course, a degree, maybe even a career. Plagiarism can mess you up
big time. And it is so easy to avoid.
If you use somebody else’s exact published words, you have to give that person
If you use somebody
else’s published ideas, even if you use your words to express his or her ideas, you must give that person credit.
Using the rational, “I didn’t know” as a defense for plagiarism is not an acceptable
excuse. As a college student, it is paramount that you know what is acceptable
and ethical in oral and written research presentations.
For the purpose of your written presentation in this class you will be using APA style format which
gives specific instructions for footnotes, references and bibliographies.
The information Literacy skills you learn and employ as a student are the same ones that will serve
you well as a successful professional.