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Some Research Basics: Descriptions and Objectives

Library of Congress (LC) Classification (10 min)

Description: A quick introduction to the main classification system used to organize materials in USM Libraries and information on how to use the system to locate materials in the USM libraries.
Objectives:
Upon completion of this session, students should know:
  • That the LC Classification System is used to organize materials by subject in USM Libraries
  • How to find materials in USM Libraries using assigned call numbers

Primary vs Secondary Sources (10 min)

Description: A quick overview of the differences between primary and secondary sources (handout included).
Objectives:
Upon completion of this session, students should be able to:
  • List 2-3 types of primary and secondary sources
  • Articulate the value of a primary source

Scholarly vs Popular (10 min)

Description: A quick overview of the difference between scholarly and popular sources (handout included).
Objectives:
Upon completion of this session, students should be able to:
  • List 2-3 scholarly and popular sources
  • List 3 differences between scholary and popular sources
  • Articulate the value of a scholarly source

Evaluating Sources (10 min)

Description: A quick overview of items to consider when selecting and using an information source.
Objectives:
Upon completion of this session, students should be able to:
  • List at least 3 items used to determine the suitability of a source
  • Articulate the value of evaluating a resource before choosing to use it

Citing Sources (varies - consult with librarian)

Description: This session is a quick introduction to one of the major styles (mla, apa or turabian) of in-text and reference citations and showing students how to access the library's online resources for more info and practice.
Some possible objectives:
Upon completion of this session, students should know:
  • What an in-text citation is and 1-2 ways to cite in-text
  • What constitutes plagiarism
  • The possible consequences of plagarizing
  • What a 'reference list' or 'works cited' page is and its relationship to reference or works cited list
  • Where to obtain on the library web page information for formatting a paper in a APA or MLA style

Avoiding Plagiarism (varies - consult with librarian)

Description: An overview of what constitutes plagiarism and the possible consequences of plagiarizing.
Objectives:
Upon completion of this session, students should be able to:
  • Define plagiarism
  • Define what an in-text citation is
  • Define what a 'reference list' or 'works cited' page is
  • Identify instances of plagiarized material
  • Articulate the consequences of plagiarizing
  • How to access on the library web page further citation/plagiarism information

 

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