Module 1: Starting Smart
This module covers types of information sources you can use for your topic. When you have completed this section of JFKU Searchpath you should be able to:
- describe a variety of information sources
- describe a variety of research tools
- distinguish between primary and secondary sources
- describe characteristics of information on the Web
- describe characteristics of library resources
Module 2: Choosing a Topic
This module covers topic selection and how to identify keywords to search your topic. When you have completed this module you should be able to:
- broaden or narrow a topic
- identify keywords for a topic
- use connectors and truncation in constructing an online search
- explain the difference between keyword and subject searching
Module 3: Using the library catalog
This module covers how to search the JFKU libraries catalog. When you have completed this module you should be able to:
- recognize that the catalog contains more than books
- find materials on a topic using a keyword search
- find materials by title, author, or subject heading
- identify the location of books or periodicals or media
- read a call number and use it to find items in the library
- find an item placed on Reserve
- manage your personal library account
Module 4: Using Databases
This module covers how to use databases to identify articles on a topic. After completing this module you should be able to:
- distinguish between different types of periodicals.
- distinguish between primary and secondary sources.
- distinguish between the Web and periodical databases as search tools.
- choose a periodical database appropriate to your information need.
- use databases to identify articles on your topic.
- use a database's email, save, or print function to keep a record of useful sources.
- search Journals by Title to locate the full text of periodical articles.
Module 5: Using the Web
When you have completed this section of Searchpath, you should be able to
- understand the organization of the Internet
- identify the major types of Web sites
- use search engines and metasearch engines to search the Web
- interpret and evaluate Web search engine results
Module 6: Researching Responsibly
This module covers citing sources, plagiarism, and copyright. When you have completed this module of Searchpath, you should be able to
- describe when and why to cite sources used in your work
- Identify the information needed to create a citation for key types of resources
- Define plagiarism, identify examples and ways to avoid plagiarizing
- Understand copyright, fair use, and public domain information
- Describe security and privacy issues when using the Internet
- Understand issues of censorship and free speech on the Internet
- List and apply proper “Netiquette” practices