- How do you keep the related terms grouped together in a search statement? Results
- What will a truncation or wildcard symbol do? Results
- Which Boolean operator reduces the number of results the more times it is used between search terms? Results
- Which Boolean operator will typically return the largest set of results? Results
- When you need to find the full text of an article for which you already have the full citation, which tool works the best? Results
- Have you had library instruction before? Results
- Do you understand the assignment for this class? Results
- Which of these databases have you used? Results
- Have you chosen a disability to research for the assignment in this class? If so, which one? Results
- What one thing would you like to learn today? Results
Question 3 provided two correct answers, so I should have thought through that a bit more. Both the Boolean operators AND and NOT will continue to reduce your results. If I did this again, I would delete the operator NOT from the list of possible choices.
Eight correctly chose OR as the operator that brings back more results, while nine chose AND. Only five selected the A-Z Journal List as the place to go to find the full text of an article. This is one of the least understood research tools on our campus, so it is no wonder. We need to do better at instructing students on its use. Ten students chose the library catalog as the place to go for the full text, two chose Google or Google Scholar, and one said their smart phone.
Fifteen stated that they had received library instruction before, though 11 said it was a long time ago. One claimed that he/she could teach the class, because he/she had attended so many times. This is the person that I need to involve in teaching the class. How can I do that? I need to get the students to teach each other.
Admittedly, I goofed on the database question, not making it possible for them to select more than one database, so this was not as accurate as it should have been. Still, it gives me a sense for which databases they know.
I wish I had looked at the answers for question #9 and searched the topic(s) they entered in the survey. Indubitably, this is a learning experience for me. They wanted learn more about Down Syndrome, Asperger's Syndrome, and prominent persons like athletes with disabilies.
|Photo found on Aspergers and the Alien blog written by Amy Murphy.|
- I would like to learn more about notable figures who have down syndrome
- how to find articles that are to the point
- Find reliable and easy to read sources
- find articles on Downs
- I would like to find an athlete that i would like to report on
- i would like to learn how these data bases can help me find valid information quickly and effectively.
Anyway, reading abilities, or the lack thereof, do inhibit many college students from succeeding in higher education.
|Young Girl Reading by Jean Baptiste Camille Corot. Photo by Cliff1066 on Flickr.com.|