1. What's the difference between a general encyclopedia and a specialized encyclopedia?
2. Give an example of a specialized encyclopedia which you have discovered and believe will be particularly useful to you. Tell why.
3. Look up encyclopedia in the online catalog for our library. Pick one and write down a full MLA citation for it.
4. What is a print index? For what would you use it? Give at least the two most important uses to which you would put it.
5. What's the difference between an index and an abstract? Give one example of an abstract.
6. What's the difference between ProQuest and NewsBank?
7. Did you look up your birthday in the New York Times? What did you think? Did you look at the ads?
8. Why are there two volumes for the Wallstreet Journal Index?
9. The first draft of your term paper is due this week. For particulars, see Term Paper.
10. Turn in the assignments listed under Specialized Encyclopedias and the other links on research. Be sure to go through each of the exercises at a library. The only way to "get" some of the lessons is to put your hands on the books and see how they work.
11. What are the seven sure-fire ways to spot bogus information? Which do you think is the best? Why?
12. What are the five steps in the scientific method of solving a problem?
13. What do you consider the two most important characteristics of a "good thinker" as opposed to a "poor thinker?"