The focus of today’s class is to help you become skeptical researchers.
Information comes from many different sources and it is important to look at where that information is coming from.
It can have a profound effect on your career, both in and out of school.
|Content||Original research and experimentation||Industry/trade trends, products, and news||Current events, opinions, and general information|
|Look||Plain, long articles, may contain charts and graphs||Glossy, contains photos and industry/trade related advertisements||Glossy, contains color photos and everyday product advertisements|
|Authors||Experts in their field||Industry specialists or staff writers||Journalists/reporters, staff or freelance writers|
|Audience||Professors, researchers, students||Members of the particular industry or trade||Anyone|
|Language||Academic and technical||Jargon of the industry||Written in a language for anyone to understand|
|Documentation||Footnotes or bibliography||Occasionally contain cited sources||References may be mentioned in text|
Summon is a "Google-like" tool that searches many DelVal databases (and the book catalog) simultaneously. This single-search option is a nice time saver, and it often uncovers resources that you might otherwise have overlooked. You'll get lots of results, so take advantage of the limiter options on the left side of the results screen.