Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

Navigating the Sea of Information

Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

Navigating the Sea of Information

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Navigating the Sea of Information by the University of Pittsburgh. Media Inc., Box 496, Media, PA, 19063. 1998. 18 minutes. ISBN: 0-924580-94-1. VHS, $225 Sale; $50 Rent.

This 18-minute video from the University of Pittsburgh tackles the question of library research through a little scenario that takes place in a library. Zana, a student in need of help on a research paper, finds her way to the library where Nick, a helpful librarian, gives her a short course on library research skills.

Zana is clueless about where to begin or how to start her paper. Nick finds her staring at a computer terminal with thousands of hits on her topic of pollution. This sets the stage for an introduction on how to get started doing library research. Nick, takes her to the reference collection to explain how specialized encyclopedias and handbooks can help with background material for a paper. Next, finding some additional books means a search of the online catalog.

Nick gets Zana started but has to leave to go back to the Reference Desk. She uses the online help function to learn more. Now here's a unique help system: a talking sea captain who explains all about call numbers, subject headings, and more in a Spanish accent. …

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