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Clinic Sessions for Engineering Students – Questions Asked After the Sessions (Part 2)

We did a blog post for the topic “social media and citizen journalism”, next up –

Social media and how it encourages teens to be promiscuous, display violent behavior because of online gaming, buy luxury goods because celebrities tout what they wear in their Facebook

Again, you would need to have either looked through the EG1413 Breeze presentation or attended our clinic sessions to fully apply the searches.

1. The question here is NOT the impact on lives is but a whole lot of “impacts” to work on. And then, there is the issue of contextualizing it in Singapore.

2. Let’s look at each behavior that the students brought up:

  • Prosmicuous behavior.
  • Violent behavior (correlating it to online gaming)
  • Buying behavior (correlating it to fashion of celebrities)

3. Use PsycInfo, Sociological Abstracts and Business Source Premier (include Communication Mass Media Complete and Communication Abstracts).  We are suggesting PsycInfo and Sociological Abstracts because of the “behavior” articles you need.

5. Do a separate search for each behavior. Some suggestions:

(“social media” or twitter or facebook or blog*) and (teen* or young people) and (sex* or promiscu*) and behavior*

(“social media” or twitter or facebook or blog*) and (teen* or young people) and (violen* or agress*) and behavior*

etc…

6. Look at the relevant results for each search and get a sense of the recommendations proposed in the articles retrieved. The question is – can these recommendations be applied to more than 1 behavior?

7. If so, would they be “tight” or “focused” enough to write your Position Paper without you falling into an abyss?

8. If not, do you have enough to work on only 1 behavior. Which behavior?

9. Once you select only 1 behavior, consider looking at it from a different angle. For eg. for promiscuity or sexual behavior among teens – how about relationships between a teacher and a student?

10. To explore this angle, your search could be:

(“social media” or twitter or facebook or blog*) and (teen* or young people or student*) and teacher* and sex*

11. Do similar searches in Factiva.  Apart from the 1st search which would not have any limiters, do other searches limiting to Singapore sources and Region Singapore.

12. We did not give examples for the 3rd behavior – the buying behavior and correlating it to celebrities’ fashion style as touted in their Facebooks, etc. This one requires more complex searching and more work. Those who are interested in this angle, please email us.

Ok. Email us if you any help: kahwei@nus.edu.sg.

Clinic Sessions for Engineering Students – Questions Asked After Sessions (Part 1)

So, it seems it ain’t over until the fat lady sings…

We have been receiving emails from some Engineering students after the clinic sessions.  Students were either not getting an angle on their topic or are pursuing the many diverse patterns and trends they read about.

So, they’ve got either too hazy a topic  or too many topics wrapped up in one supposed topic.

Here are some examples:

  1. Social media and citizen journalism
  2. Social media and how it encourages teens to be promiscuous, display violent behavior because of online gaming, buy luxury goods because celebrities tout what they wear in their Facebook.

We will address #1 in this post and #2 in the next post.

 

Here are some suggestions and searches to try out.

You would need to have either looked through the EG1413 Breeze presentation or attended our clinic sessions to fully apply the searches.

Social media and citizen journalism

1. Students wanted to know about social media encouraging online citizen journalism.

2. The question is – what is the impact of this on lives? Especially in Singapore.

3. Do a search in Business Source Premier, Communication and Mass Media Complete and Communication Abstracts:

4. Sort by Relevance.

5. Look at:

  • Subject Terms Thesaurus and Subjects frames.
  • Article title.
  • Subjects listed for each article.

6. Look out for aspects of the topic you are interested in. Read the abstracts.

7. List keywords describing these aspects.  Some examples:

  • Threats of censorship affecting online citizen journalism.
  • Business, marketing or advertising potential.
  • Credibility of news from such sites.
  • Effects on news reporting.
  • Its role in crisis management.
  • Etc…

8.  Select one aspect. Use just 1 or 2 keywords describing the aspect you have chosen. Run another search combining these keywords with your original search.

7. If you have dismal hits, apply the 3 main techniques of increasing your search results:

  • Use alternative keywords. 
  • Use truncation *.
  • Remove irrelevant keyword/s.

 8. Proceed to search from a different perpsective. Try something like this (Note: keywords for social media are removed):

9. Apply similar searches in Factiva. Do not limit to Singapore news sources or any regions in your first search.

10. Sort by Relevance.

12. Look at:

  • Keywords summary on left frame.
  • Headline and lead paragraph. 
  • Source.

10. Your next search would limit to a region you are interested in. Your choice will be guided by the results in the first search.

11. Continue applying search techniques and tips covered in clinic sessions and Breeze presentation until you can start brainstorming and suggest recommendations.

Email us if you need more help: kahwei@nus.edu.sg.

Clinic Sessions for Engineering Students

Nothing beats the flexibility of coming to a library session, get a head-start on your project and leave without having to worry about time or rushing for your next class.

That’s what the librarians wanted 1st Year Engineering students of EG1413 (Critical Thinking and Writing module) to have when they developed the 3-hour clinic sessions.

So for 2 days, from 9am-12nn and from 1-4pm, students came into the clinic sessions and left after their questions were answered.

 

 

 

 

 
  
 
 
 

Some stayed on for the whole hog.  It was very much on-the-fly based entirely on topics or questions posed by the students. And boy, was there ever a deluge of questions.

Students wrote their topics or questions on yellow 3-by-5s (old cataloguing cards) and passed it to the librarian.  The librarian would then show how to search and retrieve the articles based on the topics.

Some topics were similar – social media and privacy, social media and the Singapore political landscape, social media and how it affects teens or the elderly, social media and intellectual property violations, etc. These were grouped and search techniques were taught.

 

More than 80 students attended the 2 clinic sessions. At any one point in a session,  there were at least 15-20 students in the class.

It was not just a matter of searching for articles.

Some had topics in mind that were kind of hazy. Some had started reading and found interesting patterns and trends but did not know what to make of it. The librarians guided them to see how headlines, keyword summaries, Subject Terms, etc could guide them in scoping or framing their topic, making it easier for them to manage the deluge of information or a run-away topic.

Differences in the types of information retrieved from the databases Business Source Premier, Communication and Mass Media Complete and Factiva were also demonstrated with the students’ topics.

Those who had to leave gave their email addresses on the yellow cards so that the librarian could email them after the clinic sessions.