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Class Meeting 2: Academic Success
When you get an assignment you need to think about two things: what you already know about the topic AND what you need to know about the topic Let’s examine a current news event in light of this
Indications of time/how current the information should be - most recent information or historical data? Indications of specificity – should the paper focus on the entire population, or subsets like women, a particular region? Should you find popular or expert ideas/opinions? Do you need primary sources to make your own interpretations or use secondary sources that include interpretations?
Has research been difficult in the past? First, you must understand the question being asked Clarity can be elusive! Author = Speaker, Reader = Listener Obligations exist between speakers and listeners when in conversation Examples?
Poverty is the cause of violence in urban areas. OR Poverty is a cause of violence in urban areas. Difference between the statements? How is the meaning affected? How would you go about finding support for the first statement? What about for the second statement?
Google your search topic How did you: Find all possible sources? Phrase your search terms? Choose your final sources? Determine the author? Weed out bias? College is about researching new ideas – even those you aren’t actively interested in
Research topic: current types and availability of health care options for infants in developing nations Use of the word AND - limits the results to those that include every keyword (health care AND infant AND developing nation) Use of the word OR - expands the results to include alternate words/synonyms (health care OR health plan, infant OR baby, developing nation OR third world)
Search Smarter, Search Faster Search Smarter, Search Faster bjxA bjxA University of Sydney
“Choose a major news source and critique their coverage of the presidential election in terms of scope, depth, and bias” OR “Describe what you see as the problems New Orleans is facing even now, so long after Hurricane Katrina, and why there are still problems” Keywords? Search in Merlin, Google, and ASP Pros & Cons of each search?
MERLIN is MU’s online catalog – it is how you find materials at any library on campus Loan period is 1 month for undergraduates, 3 months for graduates Materials include books, bound journals, reference works, DVDs, Government Documents, Special Collections, etc. MERLIN cluster includes all libraries at the following campuses: UMC UMKC UMR UMSL Can request items directly from other MERLIN libraries within the MERLIN catalog by clicking the “Request” button Delivery time is usually between 2-4 days
MOBIUS is a consortium of Missouri’s college and university libraries, and a few public libraries As an MU student, you can request books and other materials through MOBIUS Delivery time is usually between 2-4 days Loan period is 3 weeks for all students “Search MOBIUS” button is included in MERLIN, and a direct link to MOBIUS is on the library homepage NOTE: Bound journals, reference works, and other materials cannot be requested through MOBIUS
Type one paragraph each (at least 5 sentences each) to each of the following questions: What is information? What is a library? Bring in the sheet of paper to hand in, in person, at the next class meeting. Grades may be lowered for distracting spelling and grammatical errors.