Databases and Scholarly Publications Activity:
- Scholarly journals, trade publications and popular magazines (one per student, alternating source type throughout the class)
- Coloured cards taped on the front of each source type for easier identification in the later activity.
- Ask for the student(s) with a specific title to hold up their journal. This is an example of a single title that could be found through the library catalogue
- Ask all students to hold up their titles. This is an example of what a database is. This is an opportunity to discuss how databases are organized by indexed fields to simplify discovery of resources. This is also an excellent opportunity to discuss the differences between Google and a database. This activity is the perfect segue into the next activity.
- Ask students to partner with the two individuals sitting directly beside them. Each person should have a different type of publication.
- Take 5 minutes to identify the differences between the source types.
- Share feedback with the larger group.
- Summarize the two activities by discussing different types of databases (general reference, bibliographic, specialized content)