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Introduction to College Research
INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE RESEARCHWALTER D. BUTLER, ALOHA SARGENT, AND KELSEY SMITHCYNTHIA OROZCO AND XIAO BEHLENDORF
Introduction to College Research by Walter D. Butler, Aloha Sargent, and Kelsey Smith is licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.
CONTENTSTitle PagexiA Note for InstructorsxiiiOptions for Downloading This BookxivIntroductionCollege Research and Information Literacy3What This Book Will Cover7The Age of AlgorithmsWhat are Algorithms?11The Influence of Algorithms14Algorithmic Bias18The Attention Economy23Algorithms and Polarization28Filter Bubbles30Conclusion34DisinformationInformation Disorder, Truth, and Trust39Web Evaluation Skills: A "Bleak" Track Record43Information Cynicism46
College Students and Cynicism48Information Hygiene and Info-Environmentalism51Conclusion54Fact-CheckingWhy Fact-Checking?57The SIFT Method59Using Wikipedia Effectively65Fact-Checking Images and Memes69Conclusion74Types of Information SourcesChapter Scenario77Information Sources: Primary, Secondary, Tertiary78Critical Thinking82Information Sources: Traditional Formats83Information Sources: Media86Information Sources: Online88Critical Thinking90Information Sources: Bias91Critical Thinking94Conclusion95Getting Your Research StartedChoosing a Topic99
Background Reading104Conclusion106Search StrategiesResearch Questions111Identifying the Main Concepts114Avoiding Confirmation Bias116Brainstorming Related Terms119Creating a Search Statement120Conclusion126Finding Materials in the LibraryChapter Scenario129Using OneSearch: Your California Community College Library’s Search Tool130Critical Thinking132Finding Your Books133Filters and Advanced Search Options in OneSearch135Practice137How Libraries Organize Materials138Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC)139Critical Thinking142Library of Congress Classification (LCC)143Practice146Critical Thinking147Conclusion148
Using Library DatabasesChapter Scenario151Library Databases: What’s Inside Them?152Critical Thinking156Choosing a Library Database157Critical Thinking159Specialized Library Databases: Videos, Ebooks, and More!160Scholarly Articles, Magazine Articles, and Newspaper Articles162You Found Some Resources! Now What?165Preparing to Use a Database: What Do You Need to Find?167Full Text? HTML, PDF, and EPUB169Critical Thinking172Conclusion173Searching the Web: Strategies and ConsiderationsChapter Scenario177A Very Brief History of the Internet178Critical Thinking181Search Engines and Tools182Comparing Search Tools183Practice184Academic Search Tools185Open Access187Critical Thinking189Searching and Privacy190Controlling Your Search192Practice194Citing: Websites, Web pages, Files, Articles195

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