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Library Digest November 2021

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The Library Digest is published monthly and highlights what’s happening and what’s coming up at your Library.

What’s Happening at your Library

  • The Library is now open later and on Saturday to support students needing study space as well as library resources and services. The new hours of operation are as follows:
    • Monday-Thursday: 7:30am-9:30pm
    • Friday: 7:30am-5pm
    • Saturday: 10am-4pm

    Our hours of operation are subject to change, so please remember to check our website ( sait.ca/library) as well.

  • The Library provides walk up service for research and citation support at the Information Desk or via chat. For more in-depth research and citation support, book an appointment with the library liaison dedicated to your school .
  • The Library has implemented bookable seats in addition to our bookable study rooms, which are available to all SAIT students. Some seats have been temporarily blocked off in designated areas and study rooms are limited to 1-2 patrons only at this time due to social distancing requirements.
  • International Open Access Week was October 25-31. This year’s theme was “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity.” The Library presented a Basics of Open Access webinar on October 25 and will follow up with another workshop in November for faculty and staff who are interested in learning more about Open Access.

    Registration is required at the link below.

  • Our Featured Resource for November is ProQuest’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion(DEI) collection. It is a comprehensive subscription which examines race, gender, religion, physical ability, age, political persuasion, sexual orientation, and much more.
  • Learn more about the User Services team in the November/December “Meet Your Library Staff” blog.
  • Check out our New and Notable e-resources which features e-Resources that can help you manage mental health issues in your academic, professional and personal life.

Library Research Tips from the Pros - Use RADAR and Avoid Plagiarism

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 consider the relative quality of information as you are searching.

It is also really important to cite your sources and avoid plagiarism and academic misconduct. Plagiarism may be accidental or intentional. It includes:

  • presenting other persons ideas as your own,
  • not using proper citation for quotes and paraphrases,
  • not listing information used during research,
  • presenting to an instructor work done for another class,
  • works which consist largely of quotations, even if properly referenced,
  • assignments purchased from a paper mill,
  • or works written or substantially revised by someone other than the student.

Properly citing a work is essential in an academic community. Here are the citation styles that are available at the Library:

These guidelines may vary so be sure to check with your instructor to clarify their expectations for citing sources.

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

Content adapted from:

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

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