This pathfinder will help you to learn some basic information sources. It is designed to be used with the "Library Exploration" assignment and will help you answer the questions on the handout.
The online catalog lets you search by keyword, author, title, or subject on its main search page. The page is preset to search by keywords; pulling down the keyword list lets you choose other options. The catalog covers all 18 libraries in the CCRLS group; you can choose to search all libraries, or a particular library, such as Chemeketa.
To access the library catalog, go to http://library.chemeketa.edu/information/cataloghome.php.
Fig. 1: Search page
You can put a search word or phrase in the space, and click the Submit button to find items. In Figure 1 we have combined two ideas together with the word "and."
Genetically modified AND food
finds any book that has the word "food" and the phrase "genetically modified" somewhere in the description.
When you click Submit or press the ENTER key, the catalog will display a list of items that match your search. Clicking on a title will show you more information about that item.
Fig. 2: Item information
Underneath the author (if any) and title of the item is the publication information, with the place of publication, name of the publisher, and date. This screen will tell you which libraries have copies of the item. If an item has CCC under Location, it is owned by the Chemeketa Community College library. This screen also includes the Dewey Decimal Call Number that indicates where the item is located on the shelf. If an item is checked out, the due date will be shown under Status.
A recommended Gale database for allied health topics is Health Reference Center Academic. To access library databases, go to http://library.chemeketa.edu/information/database.htm and select Health Reference Center Academic. If you are off campus, you will be prompted for your My Chemeketa username and password.
A: Evaluating Internet Sources
Please study the three criteria for evaluating Internet sources, listed below.
Important considerations for evaluating information sources include:
- Who wrote the document?
- Is there information about the author's qualifications for writing about this topic? (Education, experience, position?)
- What organization provides the information?
- What appears to be the purpose for publishing this information?
- Does what you know about the organization suggest a bias?
- Accuracy and Currency
- When was this document created or last updated?
- Are there errors in spelling and/or grammar?
- Can you spot any errors of fact?
- Does the document list the sources of its information?
Below are three websites to examine. Please look over the sites with the above criteria in mind.
Do you think the information presented is reliable? Would you use any of it for an assignment? Would you use the services offered by one or both of these sites?
B: Internet Project from Library Exploration Handout
Below for your convenience is a table with the Internet sites on page 4 of your Library Exploration handout. You may use them to fill in the answers on your Internet Project. Two sites are especially useful. Healthfinder is a searchable directory of Web sites pertaining to health. You could, for example, type in "insurance" and get a list of links to health insurance sites. MedlinePlus also has a search engine. Both are U.S. government sites providing reliable health information.
|www.ahima.org||Health information management|
|www.ama-assn.org||American Medical Association|
|www.cancer.org||American Cancer Society|
|www.cdc.gov||Centers for Disease Control|
|www.healthfinder.gov||Healthfinder - Your Guide to Reliable Health Information|
|www.malehealthcenter.com/||Male health issues|
|www.medscape.com/home||Largest medical Web site|
|www.nejm.org||New England Journal of Medicine|
|www.nih.gov||National Institutes of Health|
|http://www.osha.gov/||Occupational Safety and Health Administration|
|www.menopause.org/||North American Menopause Society|
|www.nof.org/||National Osteoporosis Foundation|
|www.womenshealth.org||Estronaut: A Forum for Women's Health|
|www.healthnewsreview.org/||Health News Review|
|http://www.healthline.com||Healthline medical information|
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Updated: 23 Nov. 2011