This short collaborative research unit prepared by the Teacher Librarians of TVUSD (Claudia Durnerin, Kathy Hall, and Sandy Wren), introduces students to basic College Research skills and concepts.
Before coming to the library, classes work on selecting a research topic, watch the short videos, and do the handouts.
In the library, the Teacher Librarian will demonstrate EBSCO, ebooks, review use of the online library catalog, how to build resource lists, and locating sources in the library (library layout).
Resources below: Top 10 Things to Know (left side), Handouts and Additional Resources (right side)
#2 : What are databases?
2:34 minutes Yavapai College Library
Download the Database Comparison Chart.
Pick up a passwords bookmark in the library, try a database search.
#4 : Boolean Operators
2:45 minutes University Libraries
Download Boolean operators chart and make your own chart.
#6 Scholarly Journal articles
Top 10 Things to Know about College Research
1. The librarian is your best friend! Colleges employ librarians just to help students with research, so ask if you need help.
2. College libraries are different than high school libraries.
- High schools have small collections (under 100,000 books), colleges have large collections.
- High schools use Dewey Decimal, colleges use Library of Congress.
- High schools have fiction, nonfiction, reference and e-books; colleges have specialized collections for various disciplines.
- Check out this interactive tour from the University of Georgia to get an overview of how college libraries are organized.
3. You will be assigned a research project and then be on your own do get it done! Start by developing a research question.
- Empire State College tutorial on developing a research question
- Purdue University online writing lab (OWL) on how to write a thesis statement
4. Learn how to find various SOURCES of information. Tutorial from UCI Library on The Information Process
5. There's a difference between surfing the internet or researching! (from Boston University)
6. If you do use the internet to search for information, you need skills!
Southern Utah University: Searching Strategies: Keywords, Boolean Operators and Truncation
There is an invisible web; check out this tutorial from La Guardia on Beyond Google .
Evaluate the web content you find to see if it is authoritative and relevant to your project (from University of Albany)
7. Learn how to talk to databases to find authoritative information, here are some tips:
- Databases don't understand questions! Use your research question to find keywords for searching (see videos on this page)
- use the keywords, boolean operators and truncation skills to do effective searches on databases (see videos on this page)
8. Avoid plagiarism, it can get you kicked out of school! Plus it's just tacky to take credit for other people's ideas and words.
9. Your professors will be extremely picky about citations. Most high schools use Modern Language Association style, but there are many others!
- Links to 9 Citation Guides from Long University
- You have to cite within the paper as well as making a list of sources at the end; MLA in-text citation guide
10. TURNING IN A COLLEGE PAPER LATE = A BIG FAT 0. This is a surprise to many college freshmen. No late papers, no excuses.
* thanks to the librarians at Bakersfield City College for suggesting these links!