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Library Digest February 2021

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The Library Digest is published in the second half of each month and highlights what’s happening and what’s coming up at your Library.

What’s Happening at your Library

  • Register for a Library workshop – These sessions will guide you through the workings of the APA and IEEE citation style guides and answer any questions you may have about sources that are confusing and unclear.
  • Freedom to Read Week (February 21-27) encourages Canadian to learn more about censorship and intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Our Freedom to Read 2021 LibGuide focuses on Black Lives Matter and the challenged and banned books related to this movement.
  • Our latest edition of LibLights shows how our Chat Reference service has assisted and supported SAIT students and faculty during the past year.
  • In this month’s edition of Meet Your Library Staff, we are introducing, Jessica Norman, our OER (Open Educational Resources) Librarian and Library Liaison for the School of Construction and the School of Manufacturing and Automation.
  • Check February’s New and Notable Resource List for e-Resources that celebrate Black History Month!
  • The Reg Erhardt Library on campus is closed but we’re still available to help you. Curbside pickup and digitization services resumed on January 11.
  • Visit COVID-19 Library Service Information for the most current information on our services and if you need help using many of the library resources check out our tip sheets on the Library FAQ.

Library Research Tips from the Pros – Use your RADAR

When you are working on your research papers and projects, you need to carefully assess the quality and suitability of many different information sources including books, eBooks, newspaper and magazine articles, scholarly articles, trade publications, databases, and websites.

Use RADAR to critically evaluate information sources. The RADAR Framework is a tool to help you remember the criteria used to evaluate the quality, credibility, and relevance of any source of information. Keep these principles in mind when considering the inclusion of any source - whether print, online or other media - in your assignment.

Relevance – How relevant is the information to your assignment? Ask yourself if the information relates to your topic or answers your research question.

Authority – Who/what is the source (author, publisher) of the information? Check the credentials or qualifications of the author. Does the author have credibility through education or experience to be writing on the topic?

Date – Do you need the most current information or does older information provide historical context?

Appearance – What does the source of information look like? Are the articles supported by evidence? Check the references the author uses and evaluate the quality of the information that they used to support their argument.

Reason – Why was the information published in the first place? Consider if the information was created to inform, teach, entertain, persuade, sell something, or for some other reason.

RADAR is not a yes/no test, or a be-all and end-all guide. Use RADAR to evaluate the relative quality of information as you are searching.

If you are unsure about the quality of a source, don’t hesitate to contact the library for help!

Note: Content adapted from Mandalios, J. (2013). RADAR: An approach for helping students evaluate Internet sources.  Journal of Information Science39(4), 470-478.

Featured Resources:

Here are two of the best databases for Automotive and Autobody Repair Technician or anyone interested in learning more about DIY automotive repairs:

Mitchell ProDemand provides automotive repair and maintenance information for a wide range of import and domestic vehicles dating back to 1974. It includes detailed OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) specifications and procedures, diagnostics, repair and estimating information, parts lists, technical service bulletins, recalls, and diagrams to help automotive technicians repair vehicles more accurately and efficiently. All the information you need (including color wiring diagrams for the specific vehicle, make, and model) can easily be retrieved from your mobile devices and right at the car you’re working on.

ALLDATA includes vehicle collision and repair information for autobody and automotive service technicians. All of the information provided is specific to the vehicle make and model, making it a comprehensive online resource for both expert and novice automobile mechanics. It is easy to navigate and use with immediate access to service bulletins and OEM automotive and collision repair information.

** NOTE: Both of these resources are only accessible via VPN. Instructions for VPN set-up are available on the SAIT website.**

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