Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Thing 16 - Research and Reference Tools

1. Compare Contrast of: SIRS Discoverer Deluxe and nfoTrac Junior Edition  a) appropriateness, b) usability, c) content, and d) credibility of the pair of databases for use within the classroom
I prefer the SIRS interface - it seemed more user-friendly and helped me find documents better suited for use in my classroom with a very clear readability guide. They were both appropriate, but I found SIRS to have better usability and content that was more focused on what I was looking for. They both came up with some of the same documents and they are all credible sources. These would be very good databases to use for classroom research.

2. General Reference Center Gold: Higher level magazines like The Economist but useful for background infromation for me. It led me to a short article in Color-Lines magazine that tells about a South African man named Solomon Linda who wrote a song that became known as "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", which earned millions in royalties while his daughters worked as domestics and could barely feed their families under Apartheid South Africa. He sold the song for $2 and the laws forbade blacks from negotiating over rights for music.

3. Citation using tools within MEL

Wines, M. (2011, April 4). 1991: the end of Apartheid: South Africa's brutal system of racial segregation was abolished 20 years ago, making way for democratic rule. New York Times Upfront, 143(12), 16+. Retrieved from http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?&id=GALE%7CA253625574&v=2.1&u=lom_accessmich&it=r&p=STOJ&sw=w

4. Book citation using "Son of Citation Machine"' See screenshots below. This book can be used to make Apartheid more real to students.
Naidoo, Beverly. Journey To Jo'burg, A South African Story. 1st. New York: Harper Trophy, 1988. Print.

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