Books, research and me

We want to introduce you to some strategies that will help you research effectively. Hopefully you will discover things you didn’t know and have some fun!

1. Open the Smartnote, Keynote or another note taking app on your iPad.

PAGE 1 Finding a book from the library catalogue

 Task 1

     Go to the RSC Portal and choose Library Catalogue.

  

Use the library catalogue to find one of the following:

      *An author with either the same first name or last name as you.

      *A book where your first or last name is mentioned.

      *A book that relates to your heritage.

      *A book of your favorite animal.

 Task 2

Find the book and take a photo of the cover with your ipad. Add the picture to your Smartnote, Keynote or another note taking app on your iPad.

 

Task 3

Add a text box explaining why you chose this book. it should look like this.

 

PAGE 2 How to search effectively on the internet (Unpacking the research question)

Question: Australia’s population has increased immensely over time. What was the population when you were born compared to today?

Get into a group of 3 students, let's try out different ways to search with Google.

Task 1

Person 1 type in all of the words in the question: Australia’s population has increased immensely over time. What was the population when you were born compared to today?

Person 2 type the words: population Australia

Person 3 type the words: :population Australia over time

Task 2

Individually pick one site that will not be useful to you. Explain why not.

Task 3

Individually pick one site that you think would answer your question.

Task 4

As a group, compare the search page results and as a group decide what you all think would be the best search term. On a new page or new slide on your ipad write down:

The population of Australia in the year that I was born:___________

The population of Australia in 2014:______________

In the Google search type in the number of Australia's population now and add the minus sign to find out how many people have been born since you have been born using Google's built in calculator.

Since I was born Australia's population has increased by:___________

Page 3 Practising keyword searching

Question: What technological developments have there been during my lifetime?

Task 1

Identify the keywords in this research question.

Task 2

Type the keywords into Google.

Task 3

From one site you think is reliable, identify 3 technological innovations that you think are significant.

Task 4

Write the question into a new page on your Smartnote, Keynote or another note taking app on your iPad.

List the 3 innovations you have identified on page 5 in your book.

PAGE 4 Acknowledging references used in your research.

What is a Bibliography?

A bibliography is a list of all the books and websites you have accessed and used to complete a research task.
There is a special way of listing the books and websites you have used. This is known as citing.
You can find out how to do this by looking on page 25 of your school diary.

Task 1

Write the heading Bibliography on your page.

Task 2

Cite the source you used to find the technological innovations question.

Task 3

Correctly cite the book that you have used for page 1.When citing a book, your citation should look like this:

Herrick, S 2008, Rhyming Boy, Queensland University Press, St Lucia.
Follow the steps below to make your citation.

What to include for books:

1. Author – Surname, (comma) followed by first initial
2. Date of publication (comma)
3. Title written in italics (comma)
4.  Publisher (comma)
5.  Place of publication – eg. Melbourne (full stop)

Example:

Herrick, S 2008, Rhyming Boy, Queensland University Press, St Lucia.

Task 4

Correctly cite the website that you have used for page 3.When citing a website, your citation should look like this:

Fogt, R 2010, The day you were born Calculator, Retrieved May 13, 2013, from http://www.onlineconversion.com/dayborn.htm

 Follow the steps below to make your citation.

What to include for websites:

1. Author, if it can be found  – Surname, (comma) followed by first initial
2. Date that the page or site was created or updated, if it can be found (comma)
3. Title of the page written in italics (comma)
4.  Month, Day and Year that you viewed the website. Begin with Retrieved
5. URL, website address eg. http://www... Begin with from

 

Example:

Fogt, R 2010, The day you were born Calculator, Retrieved May 13, 2013, from http://www.onlineconversion.com/dayborn.htm

 

your finished Bibliography should look like this:

 

Bibliography  

Burton, J, Smithfield, R & Lewis, M 1991, The age of Dinosaurs: a photographic record, Grange Books, London.
Casella, D 2010, Best Technology 2000-2010: The Decade in Tech, Retrieved May 13, 2013, from http://www.digitaltrends.com/features/best-technology-2000-2010-the-decade-in-tech/

At the end of this session you now know how to:

1.  Find a book on the shelf

2. the importance of using keywords when searching

3. Write a bibliography

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