Monday, September 20, 2004

Park Library Online Tutorial - This is a new tutorial created by my library at Central Michigan University. It is based on TILT. I like the design.

From the site:

Module 1: Starting Smart

This module covers types of information sources you can use for your topic. When you have completed this section of PLOT you should be able to:

identify a variety of information sources
distinguish between popular and scholarly periodicals
identify characteristics of information on the Web
identify characteristics of library resources

Module 2: Choosing a Topic

This module covers topic selection and how to identify keywords to search your topic. When you have completed this module you should be able to:

broaden or narrow a topic
identify keywords for a topic
use connectors and truncation in constructing a search
understand the difference between keyword and subject searching

Module 3: Using Centra

This module covers how to search Centra, the CMU library catalog. When you have completed this module you should be able to:

use Centra to find books by title, author, keyword or subject heading
identify the location of books
read a call number and use it to find items in the library

Module 4: Finding Articles

This module covers how to use article indexes to identify articles on a subject. After completing this module you should be able to:

choose an article database appropriate to your information need
use it to identify an article on a topic
search Centra to locate the periodical that contains your article

Module 5: Using the Web

When you have completed this section of PLOT, you should be able to:

understand the organization of the Internet
identify the major types of Web sites
use search engines and metasearch engines to search the Web
interpret and evaluate Web search engine results

Module 6: Citing Sources

This module covers citing sources, plagiarism, and copyright. When you have completed this module of PLOT, you should be able to:

recognize different parts of a citation
describe when to cite sources used in your work
list ways to avoid plagiarism
understand the reasons for copyright

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