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Experimenting with Research Resources

A. As you listen to the song, "My Baby Loves a Bunch of Authors" from the album Bargainville by Moxy Fruvous, underline the names of the writers.

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(Note that a spelling error in these lyrics presents a research challenge.)

B. There will be a prize for the group that is first to complete this task. Working in your assigned group in the area of the library designated for your group (either the stacks, the reference section or the computer lab), find the following information for nine of the writers identified in the song and record where you got the information:

a) place of birth
b) date of birth (and death if applicable)
c) title of one major work by the writer
d) characteristic theme or quality for which the writer is famous

C. When you have found the information, answer the following questions with your group:

1. What difficulties did you encounter using the sources of information in your area of the library?
2. Which of the writers on which you chose to report were the easiest to research? Why?
3. Which of the writers on which you chose to report were the most difficult to research? Why?
4. Which writer did you omit from your research list? Why?
5. How did your group place in the race to find the information? How would you account for this?

D. In groups of three (consisting of at least on person who worked in each area of the library) discuss the answers these questions generated by each group. As an individual, write a paragraph explaining which area of the library would be the best one for doing this research if you had to select one area. Support your answer with objective information (If you said that computer lab was the best area to do this research you could not support your answer with the statement that you prefer using computers to reading books--that would be a subjective response. However you could support your argument with evidence that people working on the computers completed the work more quickly or if their information was more complete or correct--if that was true).



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