Monday, March 12, 2007

Extra Credit: Survey

Hi Folks. I'd really appreciate your feedback on the class. So much so that I'm offering extra credit.

I'm especially interested in your input about the format of the class (the brief meeting sessions w/open lab from 1-2, the blogging, the online activities, etc.).

Here's the survey:

Then, email me and let me know you did it, and I'll add a point to your total grade for the quarter.

The deadline for survey completion is: Friday, 3/23

Final Class Quiz!

This quarter really flew by! Tomorrow is our last class, and as I emailed you earlier, I recommend that you look through the class handouts (posted here on the blog) and also the LIBY 1210 delicious links, which are neatly tagged by topic and week:

Your exam will consist of 20 questions worth half a point each, for a total of 10 points.

Things to review:

1. Library of Congress call numbers and subject headings (what they are & how they work--you don't need to know what specific call numbers mean)

2. APA format (general rules)

3. Characteristics of scholarly books and journals

4. Search engines & Databases (how to use them and when)

5. Tags vs. Subject Headings

6. Boolean Operators (AND, OR & NOT)

7. Web Site Evaluation

Monday, February 26, 2007

Things #21 & #22: Final Project

We're headed down the home stretch!

Note that your final projects are now due on Friday, 3/9 by 5PM at the library reference desk.

Although these are listed as separate "things," hand 21 & 22 in together as a print copy (stapled) at the library reference desk.

Thing 21 is your project narrative/overview of the heath issue you have researched. Thing 22 is your annotated reference list.

Together, they are worth 20 points, a significant part of your grade.

See the project assignment and sample project for details (see main blog page). Be sure to get these done on time, as late projects will not be accepted.

Good luck, and see me with any questions.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

For Next Week: 2/26

Here's the list for next week:

19. Find current information about your project topic. (3 points)
20. Explore a few award-winning Web 2.0 websites. (3 points)

Remember that if you need assistance with citing the articles you find, visit the class wiki, where I've put up a page of APA citation resources.

Also, I've posted a sample final project (also on the Class Handouts Menu). Let me know if you have any questions.

Have a good week,


Tuesday, February 13, 2007

For Next Week: 2/19

Believe it or not, we've already covered 15 of our 23 things!

I think you'll find this week's audio-centric activities to be pretty fun, but then, I'm speaking as a podcast addict.

Contact me if you have trouble locating resources in Haystac, although it seemed like you did a good job of this in Tuesday's class.

Also, don't forget that I'm posting class handouts and assignments for download. Just look to your left and scroll if necessary to see the list, which includes your final project guidelines. I'm hoping to have a sample project for you to review by next week.

Here's the list:

Find 2 books with background or statistical information about your topic.
17. Learn about podcasts & the search tools used to find them.
18. Explore iTunes U or OpenCourseWare.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

For Next Week (2/12)

Here's your list of things for next week's class. Don't forget to bring in your Boolean search statement handout from the 2/6 class. We'll be using these to search Haystack for books.

13. Learn about wikis and take a look at some uses of them. (3 points)
14. Make an entry in the class wiki. (3 points)
15. Explore a couple of web-based applications. (3 points)

Here's an interesting video about web 2.0 from youtube. It neatly summarizes a lot of what we've been covering in this class!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

For Next Week (2/6)

Here's the list for the week:

10. Find 2 websites with background or statistical information about your topic. (3 points)
11. Explore Noodletools and create citations. (3 points)
12. Explore Flickr and learn how tags work with images. (3 points)

For thing 11, contact me if you have trouble accessing Noodletools.

Also: Notice on the right hand menu there are two new feature. Class Handouts are downloadable, and I recommend you check them out as they may (hint) be related to your final quiz!

I added a search box above the IM box. This is a custom search engine I created through Google Coop that only searches through web sites I think will retrieve good information. You still need to apply your C.A.R.D.I.O. assessment of course!