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 Go over handouts: web page list of resources useful for this class; the information
literacy exercise will be turned in to instructor for credit, either today, or at your
next class session.
 Please follow along on your computer with the demo to practice.
 Additional help is available at the reference desk, via email, and chat services.
Show Ask a Librarian page from the Library home page.
Use http://library.csun.edu/kdabbour/coms151.html for lecture outline.
 Students should use kdabbour/coms151.html to follow along and get into library
databases.
 All databases are linked to from the Library home page under Databases A-Z.
Choosing the right resource for a speech or other assignment requires being aware of the
following:
 Click on Choosing the Right Resource(s) link
(http://library.csun.edu/Research_Assistance/resourcechoice.html)
 Point out when to use different sources
 Go over the definition of a scholarly journal and why important.
In addition to knowing which resource to use, it is important to know what you are
searching for by brainstorming keywords:
 Ask students to volunteer topics and choose one that will illustrate Boolean logic
or use the following: “The effects of media violence on children.”
 Ask students to identify keywords: (Violence, media, children)
 Ask students to brainstorm synonyms and related words:
 Explain the importance of brainstorming synonyms to help focus
searches if too much and/or irrelevant results are found or expand
searches if not enough information is found.
Example (write on board):
The effects of media violence on children.
(Write
keywords down
1st:)
(Add synonyms
below each
keyword:)
violence
media
crime, murder, war Television, TV, film,
motion pictures,
video games,
internet, cartoons
children
Child, adolescents,
elementary, high
school
2. Academic Search Elite or Infotrac OneFile
 Search either one. Ask how many students are familiar with each database. (Demonstrate
the one that is not as popular; if most have experience searching either database, then add
truncation and OR to demo.)
 Used for: Articles in journals and magazines, some newspapers. Covers most subjects.
Good general database for finding articles for most of your speech assignments and
assignments in general education classes. Full-text available.
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