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  • 1. Laksamee Putnam
    lputnam@towson.edu
    Research & Instruction Librarian
    IDNM 101: Finding Scientific Information Using Cook Library
2. First…
Laksamee Putnam
lputnam@towson.edu
Cook Library Reference:
410.704.2462.
IM/email
Phone: 410.704.3746.
Twitter: @LibrarianLaks
3. Take away…
Search strategies and Search tips
Finding books/articles in the Cook Library
Evaluate the information
Cite your sources
Get started
4. Where do you start your search?
5. Preparing to Search
Articulate your topic
Choose important ideas
Identify keywords
Find background information
Reference books
Websites
Gather, organize and narrow it down
6. Preparing to Search
Brainstorm
Synonyms
More specific terms
Broader concepts
Use broader terms for Books
Use narrower terms for Articles
Example: Encyclopedia of Earth
7. Search Tips
Boolean “search connectors”
Mammals AND Evolution
Climate Change OR Global warming
8. Search Tips
Truncation
Technolog*
Technolog-y
Technolog-ist
Technolog-ical
Technolog-ically
9. Searching the Catalog
Cook Library
Research
Library Catalogs
Advanced Search Options
Location
Call number
Library Map
Other locations
Interlibrary loan (Illiad)
Request
10. Searching Databases
Cook Library
Subject Gateways
Biology
Peer-reviewed articles in multiple journals
Journals
Towson: 235 journals with the word Biology in the title
Databases
Science Citation Index: 6,650 journals on a variety of scientific disciplines
Research vs Review
11. Evaluate
Authority
Currency
Objectivity
Scope
Usability
Examples
Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus
RYT Hospital
12. Writing and Citing Resources
Cook Library
Quick Tools
Citing Sources
Allows your readers to verify and identify where the information and ideas in your paper originated
Gives credit to the owners of the ideas (avoiding plagiarism)
Provides a connection between your research and the research of related sources
13. Remember …
Search strategies and Search tips
Finding books/articles in the Cook Library
Evaluate the information
Cite your sources
Get started
14. Questions?
Feel free to contact me:
Laksamee Putnam
lputnam@towson.edu
410.704.3746.
Twitter: @LibrarianLaks
Or any reference librarian:
Visit Cook Library Reference Desk
410.704.2462.
IM – tucookchat