Download COMS 151 Library Instruction Session Outline

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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 for lecture outline.
 Students should use kdabbour/coms151.html to follow along and get into library
 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
 Click on Choosing the Right Resource(s) link
 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.
keywords down
(Add synonyms
below each
crime, murder, war Television, TV, film,
motion pictures,
video games,
internet, cartoons
Child, adolescents,
elementary, high
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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