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First Year Seminars - Information Literacy Resources: Database Specific

All about the Numbers

Assignment Description: Request students research statistics on a particular topic using The Roper Center for Public Opinion iPoll database or ask them to research basic facts about Poughkeepsie or their hometown in United States Census American Fact Finder

Result: Students learn about sources not included in Fox Hunt and gain experience in accessing different forms of data.

Outcomes Met: "Determine" and "Access"

Exploring Artstor

Assignment Description: Students search for a piece of art related to a time period, movement etc. in Artstor database. Students must insert the image into a Powerpoint slide and include information about the piece available from ArtStor. Students must also provide a citation for the piece of art.

Result: Students gain experience with the Artstor database and citing unusual sources types such as images.

Outcomes Met: "Access" and "Obtain"

Pro Con Resources

Assignment Description:  Students research differing views on an issue using the databases Opposing Viewpoints in Context and CQ Researcher.  Students then identify the main arguments of each side and provide evidence to support their conclusions.

Result: Students gain experience with library databases and determine the point of view of sources.

Outcomes Met: "Access" and "Evaluate"

Using Ebook Central Effectively

Assignment Description: As part of a research assignment ask students to locate a book in Ebook Central, the library’s ebook database.  Students should utilize tools within Ebook Central including the Ebook Central bookshelf, highlighting and notetaking functions. Students can view Ebook Central tutorials prior to starting the assignment.

Result:  Students learn how to access electronic materials and maintain this access.

Outcomes Met: "Determine" and "Obtain"