Table of Exercises / Assessments in Show Me - Module 1

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Activity #1: Evaluate a web site for authority, accuracy, currency, and relevance.

A 1.1 a.  Use the ShowMe glossary to define website criteria: authority, accuracy, currency, and relevance. Find one example of evidence for each criterion from websites you access through Google (e.g., a date on the web page for currency.).

A 1.1 b. Apply the 4 criteria (authority, accuracy, currency, and relevance) to a website listed on the following site:

A 1.1 c. Choose a website from a Google search and design an evaluation chart that includes the following: the name of the website, the url, your search term(s); an example of each of the 4 criteria (authority, accuracy, currency, and relevance). Place a check next to those criteria that are met for this website. Use the definitions in ShowMe glossary as benchmarks.

Activity #2: Navigate the B.U. Libraries web site

A 1.2 a. Access the B.U. website. Access each of the following record the url for each.
1.      The B.U. Libraries site.
2.      A Research Guide
3.      B.U. Library Catalog
4.      Ejournal List
5.      E-Resources by Subject List
6.      Indexes and Databases
7.      The Virtual Catalog or BLC

Activity #3: Locate information relevant to my research interests/needs.

A 1.3 a.  Identify 2 subscription databases that are relevant to your research needs/interests. Use the About descriptions in Indexes and Databases to learn more about the databases. State at least 3 reasons for choosing each database specific to their features.

A 1.3 b. Go to a WilsonWeb database and choose a database relevant to your research interests/needs. Perform a search using the “peer reviewed journals” limitation. Make a list of 3 peer reviewed journals in your field of interest/need.

Activity #4:  Compare and contrast between the world wide web and a subscription database

A 1.4 a.  Using Google go to to access the journal, Educational Leadership. Describe the web site in terms of: 1) journal years included; 2) the most recent year included; 3) the earliest issue included.

Surfing or researching? Basic Advanced
What is a subscription database?  Basic Advanced
 How do I choose a database? Basic Advanced
How do I search? Basic Advanced
How do I find full text? Basic Advanced
Demonstrations Basic Advanced