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Using & Validating Library Resources - Chapter Summary
This chapter provides detailed information about the uses of online and electronic resources and tools, such as search engines and database management systems. You will have the opportunity to review details about wireless communications, library management software and internet communications.
You will also review ways in which you can ensure that your sources are reliable and credible. Once you have completed your study of this chapter, you should be able to do the following:
- Understand aspects of wireless communication technology
- List and define the peripheral devices of a computer
- Use basic SQL commands and discuss the features of library management software
- Explain the use of the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC)
- Provide details about internet communications tools used for socializing and networking
- Discuss search engines and how to use them for online research
- Assess the reliability and credibility of sources
- Identify assumptions, biases and stereotypes in written works
Brief lessons take only 5-10 minutes to review and you can print transcripts to create quick reference materials. Easily track your progress through the chapter using your Dashboard and contact instructors with any questions using a short online form. Test what you have retained from each lesson using self-assessment quizzes as you move from one topic to the next.
1. Medium-Range Wireless Communication: Wi-Fi & Hotspots
WiFi is the most widely used medium-range wireless communication technology. Learn how WiFi standards and access points are used to create hotspots for Internet access.
2. What Are Peripheral Devices of a Computer? - Definition, Examples & Types
A peripheral device connects to a computer system to add functionality. Examples are a mouse, keyboard, monitor, printer and scanner. Learn about the different types of peripheral devices and how they allow you to do more with your computer.
3. Basic SQL Commands in Database Management Systems (DBMS)
Basic SQL commands allow the user to achieve significant manipulation of data in the database. The database management system is the software that allows access to the database and to apply SQL commands to manage data.
4. Online Public Access Catalog: Definition & Usage
An OPAC, or online public access catalog, makes accessing books and other library-related resources easier on users. In this lesson, we will explore a definition and examples of an OPAC as well as the advantages and disadvantages of such a system.
5. Internet Communication: Social Media, Email, Blog, & Chat
This lesson talks about how social media adds business value by building networks that enhance competitive advantage, enable the exchange of information, foster strong relationships and serve as a foundation of building professional and personal relationships irrespective of different geographical spaces and time zones.
6. Search Engines, Keywords & Web Portals
Search engines enable users to locate a vast amount of information on any topic quickly and conveniently through the Internet. Common search engines include Google, Yahoo, Bing, and AOL. The topics discussed in this lesson include search engines, Web portals, keywords, Boolean operators, spiders, search forms, database, and meta tags.
7. Using Search Engines for Online Research
The Internet can be a resource that saves you time, but if you don't know how to use it properly, it can be a frustrating experience. In this lesson, you will learn about how to properly find supporting materials online with research tips and tricks.
8. Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth
It's important to have information that is reliable, credible, and worthwhile in your speech. Sometimes, it's hard to determine these factors. This lesson will help you!
9. Recognizing Biases, Assumptions & Stereotypes in Written Works
In this lesson, we will define and learn how to recognize biases, assumptions and stereotypes in written works. We will also practice identifying these elements with a few writing samples.
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