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2 What today’s session will cover: Research Cycle: 5 stages Finding information on the library website:  selected websites, ebooks, subject guides Searching the library catalogue  books, journals, DVDs Searching an online database: Ebscohost Online searching tips Evaluating information from the Web © Central Institute of Technology

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4 1. Understand question or topic Research Cycle 2. Identify main keywords/ concepts Write Final Essay 4. Evaluate your information 5. Reference your information 3. Find information © Central Institute of Technology 2011

5 5 Research Assignment: Around Australia and Provide Visitor Information 1.Understand the topic - what you are required to do and by when. (Also, how it is to be formatted, etc) 2.Identify the main keywords/concepts - use a highlighter or underline keywords. 3.Find information…

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7 Library Homepage © Central Institute of Technology

8 8 Travel & Tourism

9 © Central Institute of Technology 2011 eBooks Links to Websites and eBooks… Websites

10 Login to eBooks using your Student Network Login

11 Frommer’s Australia eBook See help sheet for more information about eBooks See help sheet for more information about eBooks

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13 TO FIND USEFUL LIBRARY RESOURCES… Books - Lonely Planet; Frommer’s; Rough Guides; Eye Witness Guides; & other travel books. Journals - Travel Weekly; Travel Talk; Australian Traveller, Australian Geographic, etc. Encyclopedias - RD Illustrated Guide to Australian Places; The Travel Book, etc. Atlases - Atlas of Australia; Atlas of the World, etc. DVDs - of major cities/countries. [Which collection will they be found in?]

14 © Central Institute of Technology Library Catalogue Search

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16 © Central Institute of Technology 2011 Library Catalogue: Search Page - Search for travel books on Western Australia at Perth Campus -

17 © Central Institute of Technology 2011 Search Results Page Links to item record

18 © Central Institute of Technology 2011 Record with Holdings & Status Location, Call Number & Loan Information Information needed for Bibliography

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20 © Central Institute of Technology Library Homepage

21 © Central Institute of Technology 2012 Select Database to Search - EBSCO

22 © Central Institute of Technology student number date of birth

23 © Central Institute of Technology Choose Databases

24 Search Screen Options/Limits

25 Search Results for ‘wildlife tourism’

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27 Online searching tips… Boolean Operators AND (+): limits the search as both keywords must appear in the documents meals AND snacks OR: expands the search as either keywords will appear in the documents beverages OR refreshments NOT (-): limits the search as excludes one of the keywords from the documents “budget accommodation” -hostels © Central Institute of Technology 2011

28 More searching tips…. Quotation marks: searches for the phrase e.g. “Fremantle Prison” Plus sign: in front of a word ensures that word is included e.g. resort +spa Synonym searching: ~ in front of a word finds synonyms e.g. ~inexpensive = cheap, affordable, low cost Define: before a term finds definitions e.g. define:itinerary © Central Institute of Technology 2011

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30 When evaluating information from websites, it can be difficult to determine the reliability of the information. Unlike most print sources where the information has been edited before it is published, information on the Internet is mostly unfiltered. There is little control over the material and anyone can create a website on any topic, whether or not they have training or experience in the subject field. A lot of the information on the Internet is commercial or personal. © Central Institute of Technology 2012

31 List of Organisational TypesList of Country Codes.comcommercial.auAustralia.edueducation.nzNew Zealand.govgovernment.ukUnited Kingdom.netnetwork.deGermany.orgorganisationno codeUSA © Central Institute of Technology 2012

32 Ask yourself these questions… √ Is the information correct? √ Is the information relevant? √ Is the information reliable? (who is the author/sponsor?) √ Is the information up-to-date? √ Is the information free from bias? (is it trying to persuade?) √ Is it what I need? © Central Institute of Technology 2011

33 If you require further assistance:  Ask at the Library Service Desk   Check out the OIL modules on the library © Central Institute of Technology

34 Library Homepage: © Central Institute of Technology 2011


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