LIBR530 – Fall 2009 – L. Freund LIBR 503 - Persona Assignment – Part 3 Design a Pathfinder for your Persona The assignment is due on November 19 and is worth 30% of your mark. A pathfinder is an introductory list of information sources used as a guide to systematically locate materials on a topic unfamiliar to a library user. There are different approaches to designing pathfinders, including the search strategy approach. For this assignment the pathfinder should be arranged using the resource type approach, in which information sources are grouped and presented by format or type. A general template for the pathfinder sections is presented below; however, resource types may vary by subject domain and your pathfinder should reflect this variation. Your pathfinder should be designed to serve the UBC community and should reflect the resources available through the UBC library system as well as freely available web resources. It should include both print and electronic resources, although the emphasis should be on electronic sources. Resources need to be clearly and consistently referenced, but do not need to be annotated. You can use the pathfinder examples shown in the lecture slides for week 2 for inspiration. Your pathfinder should reflect the principles of: 1) Transparency – ease of comprehension, clear use of language and structure; 2) Selectivity - the sources should be a limited selection of the best available, nicely balanced in covering aspects of the topic and resource types, and not much overlap; 3) Internal consistency – consistent language, structure, and tone. Selection of Subject Area Choose a fairly specific subject area rather than a broad subject domain. A good source of potential areas is the Wikipedia page on academic disciplines: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_academic_disciplines) . You should choose something at the third level – for example military history, behavioural science, or aeronautical engineering. You do not need to confirm your choice of subject area with me, but you are welcome to discuss it with me. For any given topic, there will likely be pathfinders or subject guides on the Internet from various libraries. Feel free to make use of these for ideas, but please cite any that were of use to you at the end of your pathfinder. Compilation Guidelines: A brief citation format may be used: Title, author, date, plus relevant pages when applicable, and call numbers (with location, when needed). For electronic resources, include Title, author (individual or organization LIBR530 – Fall 2009 – L. Freund if available), URL, date accessed. The pathfinder should include the following categories, with some variation to accommodate subject specific resources. The total number of resources listed (not including subject headings and call numbers) should not exceed 35. 1. Title = the subject area 2. Scope Note A paragraph defining the subject area and establishing the scope of coverage, written in a concise and easy to understand manner suited to someone unfamiliar with the topic. 3. Introduction A somewhat longer introduction to the subject area in which you describe the background, the topics of interest and the research culture of the field. You may cite introductions or overviews found in encyclopaedias, texts, handbooks, or magazine articles (200-300 words). 4. Subject Headings for searching the library catalog 5. Seminal works Frequently mentioned or classic books (if relevant). 6. Call Numbers Stems of call numbers for browsing the shelves. Note the subject area to which each call number stem pertains. 7. Handbooks, Encyclopedias, and Dictionaries Special subject sources, or general titles with substantial information (cite specific pages or sections when necessary). 8. Bibliographies Bibliographies with significant citations, in books, journal articles, technical reports, or doctoral dissertations. 9. Abstracts and Indexes Print or online abstracts and indexes, including information as to the source (database vendors) and the coverage (years and full text vs. abstracts) available through the UBC library. 10. Journals Up to five journals with regular articles on the topic. These may be a combination of print and electronic journals. If the literature on your topic is sparse or scattered, relevant articles may not appear consistently in any one journal. In these cases, cite the journals where significant articles can be predicted to appear, although infrequently. Note the journal access options through the UBC system. 11. Internet sources Key websites related to the subject area. These may include portals, directories, research project pages, or other, more extensive pathfinder pages. 12. Associations Links to web sites for associations, either professional or research- oriented. Submitting the Assignment You can create the pathfinder directly in the LIBR530 Wiki site or you can create it in some other format (word doc, blog page, web page...) and link to it from the wiki. If you create it directly on the wiki, please keep a backup of the content in another location (a word document, html file, etc.). The address for the wiki is : http://libr530.pbwiki.com - please request an invite and I will add you to the wiki.
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