Activity #1: Resource exploration Step 1: Establish a research question – Write out your question. Step 2: Review your library resources; consult…

Activity #1: Resource exploration
Step 1: Establish a research question – Write out your question.

Step 2: Review your library resources; consult with the reference librarian at your local or school library, and search the internet to complete the RESOURCE TABLE for your field study. For a copy of the RESOURCE TABLE, please check the assignment materials on the portal.

Step 3: Summarize your process and your assessment of the sources. What sources were the most helpful?

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ACTIVITY #2: DATABASE EXPLORATION

Step 1: Using your library’s resources and your research question from Activity #1, explore the databases that are available (note, use the Cybrary through the portal). There will be a brief description of the database.

Step 2: List and describe the databases that you think will help you the most with your research and why.

Step3: Thinking of your field of study (your major) list the specific databases that are appropriate for research in your major and why.

ACTIVITY #3: SEARCH ENGINE COMPARISON

Step 1: Do a search for a limited topic of your choice using a search engine, and then do the same search using a meta-search engine.

Step 2: Compare and contrast the results.

– What is the difference in the number of results of your search?

– What is the difference in the type of results or sites that are returned?

Step 3: Analysis – describe which search engine(s) best meets your need and why.

ACTIVITY #4: Internet Research Exploration

Step 1: Explore the Internet to complete the Internet Resource Table for your field of study/major. For a copy of the INTERNET RESOURCE TABLE, please check the assignment materials on the portal.

Step 2: Summarize your process and your assessment of the sources. What sources were the most helpful?

 

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