BIO150Y Optimal Information Foraging  

Review

Let's review what we have covered


Introduction

Information Sources
Test your information foraging skills with the Tiltometer!


Finding Information: Journal Articles

Using an Index to Find a Journal Article

Why should you use a journal index?

What are the common characteristics of a journal index?

Search Stategies

How to choose search terms

Using a Journal Index (General Science Abstracts)

What is a keyword search?

Using a Journal Index (Web of Science)

Based on your experience searching General Science Abstracts and Web of Science, what is true about journal indexes?

Troubleshooting Tips
Finding the Articles

Which segment of a citation is used in searching the catalogue?

Types of Journal Articles

Can you identify a scholarly journal?

Are popular journals useful as reference sources?

Scholarly Information Cycle

Evaluating Journal Articles

Are all full text articles found in a database suitable for your research?

How and Why to Cite Your Sources
Test what you have learned with two games


Finding Information: Books and Encyclopaedias

Using the Catalogue
Search Strategies

Pick the best search strategy

Using the Catalogue: Advanced Search
Troubleshooting Tips
Finding Books from Citations
Locating Books by Call Number

How to find call numbers in the stacks

Find Encyclopaedias
Evaluating Books and Encyclopedias
How and Why to Cite Your Sources
Test what you have learned with two games


Finding Information: Web Sites

Search Engines?
More about Searching Google
Searching Google
Advanced Web Searching

Which of the following is the recommended Web search strategy?

Who publishes on the web?

Subject Directories

What are the major differences between search engines and subject directories?

Ten tips for improving your internet search (7KB PDF)

Evaluating Web Sites

Can you evaluate a Web site?

Checklist of Questions for Evaluating Web Sites (8 KB PDF)

Evaluating Three Web Sites
How and Why to Cite Your Sources
Test what you have learned with two games


Glossary


How and Why to Cite Your Sources


Games


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