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Presentation Assignment

How to find your LEAP 2 presentation assignment guide:

  1. Go to the library home page (https://library.mtroyal.ca)
  2. Click on "Research Support" (on the menu bar)
  3. Click "Subject Guides & Specialists"
  4. Look for EAL and click "guide"
  5. Look for "courses" (on the menu) bar and select LEAP 2 presentation

Objectives:

  1. Find the presentation assignment library guide 
  2. Brainstorm causes and effects of your topic
  3. Practice evaluating sources for quality
  4. Use the MRU Library Search tool
  5. Practice different search strategies

Video Guides

  1. Guidelines for Evaluating Sources of Information [4:55]
  2. Academically Acceptable Resources [2:14]
    • Example #2: Can mobile usage predict illiteracy in a developing country? [3:34]
  3. Tools for Searching [2:14] 
  4. Basic Searching in LibrarySearch [8:34]

From your assignment instructions:

  1. minimum of three academically-accepted sources
  2. a list of all sources (including pictures)
  3. causes and effects

How to Save this File to Google Drive:

  1. Open Google Drive - you can get here through MyMRU or you can also access through your own personal gmail
  2. Right-click on My Drive
  3. Choose Upload a File (find your file on the computer)

Quality

  1. Quality refers to how trustworthy your source is.
    1. Purpose: Why did the authors write it?  How do you know that?
    2. Audience:  Who did the authors write it for?  How do you know that?
    3. Authority:  Who wrote the source?  How do you know that?
    4. Currency:  How recently was it written?  How do you know that?
    5. Reliability: Does your source provide details about where they got their information - such as references?
    6. Relevance: What does this source have to do with my topic?  How do you know?

Accessibility:

  1. Accessibility refers to your ability to understand and summarize the ideas presented in your source.
    • For example, can you tell a classmate what your source is about without reading?  Think about a movie you've recently seen and a friend asked you what was it about?  What would you tell them?

Example presentation topic:  Illiteracy

Instructions: In pairs or small groups, look at the example source below and answer the following questions. 

  1. Purpose: Why did the authors write it?  How do you know that?
  2. Audience:  Who did the authors write it for?  How do you know that?
  3. Authority:  Who wrote the source?  How do you know that?
  4. Currency:  How recently was it written?  How do you know that?
  5. Reliability: Does your source provide details about where they got their information - such as references?
  6. Relevance: What does this source have to do with my topic?  How do you know?
  7. What would make this a better quality source?

When writing academically, your are expected to use the best sources available to you.  Keep in mind, that scholarly sources are less accessible (from an English language perspective) than non-scholarly sources.  Here are some important sources that meet the requirements of the presentation.

  1. Encyclopedias
  2. Books (print and ebooks)
  3. DVDs and Streaming Video
  4. Newspapers
  5. Magazines
  6. Journals

 

Example presentation topic:  Illiteracy

Instructions: In pairs or small groups, look at the two example sources below and answer the following questions.

  1. Purpose: Why did the authors write it?  How do you know that?
  2. Audience:  Who did the authors write it for?  How do you know that?
  3. Authority:  Who wrote the source?  How do you know that?
  4. Currency:  How recently was it written?  How do you know that?
  5. Reliability: Does your source provide details about where they got their information - such as references?  How do you know?
  6. Relevance: What does this source have to do with my topic?  How do you know?
  7. What would make this a better quality source?

Less is more: Start with one or two words and then add one additional term at a time

  • stress coping
  • stress coping meditation

Phrase searching: Use "quotation marks" around key ideas made up of multiple words

  • "coping strategies" and depression
  • "time management" and stress
  • very useful when you have a specific title, e.g., "Shake Hands with the Devil"

Different spellings: Use an asterisk * to find different endings to your keywords

  • alcohol* = alcoholic, alcoholics, alcoholism
  • priorit* = priority, prioritize, prioritization

Search limits: These refine (narrow) your search using different restrictions

  • Date (last 10 years)
  • Peer-reviewed (for articles)

Combine these strategies:

  • "Robin Williams" alcohol* depression
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