Final Checklist:
Library's Reference Desk

Let's check how much you have learned so far about the U.S. academic life!

Using this self-evaluation chart to see how much you have learned as a result of these video- & Web-based activities.

(i)                   Print out this checklist and use it to evaluate your progress and overall comprehension.
Go to a printer-friendly page (you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to access this page).

(ii)                 Give yourself a check [ ] in the YES! column for each of the topics that you have learned.

(iii)                If needed, you may go back to the activities page to check out the information you have missed.

TOPIC

I have learned about....

YES!

1.1
Starting Online Research for Papers

The preparations I should follow before doing an academic research

 

Where I can get help when doing an academic research

 

What I need to have in order to conduct a research online

 

What electronic or 'online' databases are

 

What a research topic is

 

What a keyword is

 

 

1.2
Restricting the Search

What it means by 'defining' a topic

 

The importance of identifying 'keywords' and 'alternatives'

 

The types of 'restrictions' usually available on the advanced search page of online databases

 

The difference in results yielded when using a 'full term' to search the databases, as opposed to using an 'acronym'

 

 

1.3
Boolean Operators

What 'Boolean operators' are

 

The meaning of 'AND,' 'OR,' and 'NOT' operators

 

The importance of using Boolean operators in online research

 

 

1.4
Search Results

The types of information I should look for when reading the search results page

 

What a (journal) 'source' is

 

What an 'abstract' is

 

What a 'descriptor' is

 

 

1.5
Saving Search Results

The best way to save the search results and how to do it

 

 

2.1
Program Directory
by Subjects

The type of information that College Blue Book offers

 

The search criterion used when searching from College Blue Book

 

What 'B,' 'M,' and 'D' acronyms signify as used in College Blue Book 

 

Where or how you can access College Blue Book

 

 

2.2
Program Directory
by Schools

The type of information that the Peterson's guide offers

 

The search criterion used when searching from the Peterson's guide

 

Where or how you can access the Peterson's guide

 

 

2.3
Online College Catalogs

The types of information that College Source Web site offers

 

The different types of search methods used in the College Source's Advanced Search page

 

The various search strategies that you can use to get more precise search results

 

Where or how you can access College Source

 



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