FS 161 Technology and Ethics

Instructor: Anthony Richardson

Librarian: Steve Burks
Durick Library, Saint Michael's College, Lib 210
802.654.2410

Coverage:
A. Starting your research
B. Library resources - books, journals, newspapers, reference
C. Organizing your search results: RefWorks, Citation Styles
D. Evaluating your sources / Scholarly vs popular


A. Starting your research

Example - broad search statement:

Human cognition enhanced or amplified through video game experience or pharmacological neuro-enhancement

Start by identifying your search terms in the statement above and break them down into narrower, synonymic and broader terms. You will use these terms for searches in journal article databases.

Human Cognition Video games pharmacological neuro-enhancement
memory
auditory
visual
knowledge
learning
mood
videogames
computer games
fighter games
gaming
gamers
gameplay
psychopharmacology
Benzhydryl Compounds
Central Nervous System Stimulants
modafinil
  • Evaluate and select resources by applying the following criteria:

Timeliness: is the information current, updated, or from an historical perspective?

Authority: who is the author or editor; who is responsible for the website, article, book?

Accuracy:  compare the facts with other sources

Purpose: who is the intended audience; what is the purpose of the document/source

Intended audience: high school, college, graduate level; general public, academics, professional?

  • Contact a reference librarian or stop by the reference desk for research assistance

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