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Google power searching workshop on Wednesday

March 24th, 2014 by John Jackson

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You use it every day. You can’t imagine how you could possibly live without it. You’ve tried to quit it, but it keeps calling you back…

That’s right: Google searching. We give Google a hard time at Whittier College. We tell you not to use it for research, to be wary of what you find there,  or to use Google Scholar instead. This Wednesday we’re not only going to encourage you to use Google for research, we’re going to show you how to be a Google search power user!

On Wednesday, as part of our ongoing Library Research Workshop series, we’ll be showing you how to get the most out of a Google search.

For example: Imagine you wanted to find information on the rules of cricket. You could search for “cricket” in Google and you would get this. Not so bad if you needed cricket scores or wanted to buy a cricket wireless phone, but you’re looking for the rules of the game, not current events. So what if you searched for “intitle:cricket rules -intitle:batting” instead? Now that’s much better. Compare the two results below.

cricket search resultsbetter cricket search results

Sometimes, all it takes is one extra word or symbol to dramatically improve Google search results. And that’s just a sample of what we’ll be talking about on Wednesday. Space is limited so sign up today!

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Research Skills Workshops in JTerm

January 6th, 2014 by John Jackson

Welcome back students! We know you have a lot to do before the semester starts, but we wanted to let you know that the library will be offering six research skills workshops for students during J-Term. The schedule, topics and sign-up information is below. The workshops will be held twice on Wednesdays in the Instruction Lab on the ground floor of the library building and will last 1.5 hours.

Students can sign up for workshops using this form: http://bit.ly/wcresearch

Space is limited so sign up soon! Here is more information on each of the workshops.


Intro to Library Research

Wed., Jan. 8 @ 9:30-11:00 and 2:00-3:30

Learning objectives: (1) Students will be able to navigate the Wardman Library website: identifying where to search for academic resources and how to get additional research help. (2)  Students will be able to craft a search strategy by determining appropriate keywords based on a given research topic. (3) Students will be able to differentiate between various information sources and discuss how each would be helpful for their assignment.


Evaluating Resources

Wed., Jan 15 @ 9:30-11:00 and 2:00-3:30

Learning objectives: (1) Students will develop their own evaluation criteria and discuss credibility in the context of academic and non-academic writing. (2) Students will be able to explain peer-review and recognize peer-reviewed literature. (3) Students will be able to identify different types of information resources and evaluate each in terms of its content, format, and intended use.


Citing Your Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism

Wed., Jan 22 @ 9:30-11:00 and 2:00-3:30

Learning objectives: (1) Students will demonstrate their ability to recognize a citation and its constituent parts and use that knowledge to locate resources. (2) Students will be able to compare citation tools and resources. (3) Students will analyze instances of plagiarism and be able to explain when and why citations are necessary.


Sign up to reserve your seat today!

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