Ashford 3: – Week 2 – Discussion 1. Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Reference the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.


Using   the Ashford University Library

The purpose of this discussion is   to introduce you to the Ashford University (AU) Library. In both the   “Scholarly Versus Popular Sources” discussion and the “Generating Keywords”   assignment, you will be using the AU Library to search for scholarly   articles. You will find that what makes the AU Library unique, compared to   other academic libraries, is that it is purely online. Many Ashford   University students have yet to experience this type of library and often feel   overwhelmed, and perhaps a bit frustrated, when first attempting to conduct   research within it. Academic libraries are often organized differently from   public or school libraries, so when first attempting to use one, it can seem   difficult.

Note: Before beginning this discussion, update your internet   browser by completing the Pearson Browser Check. Once you have opened the link, confirm the following:

  • Pop-ups allowed 
  • JavaScript enabled 
  • Cookies enabled 

The Ashford University (AU)   Library requires that you have pop-ups allowed and the JavaScript and Cookies   enabled. If either of these is followed by an exclamation point, click on the   yellow text for instructions.

Also confirm that the following   plug-in are installed:

  • Adobe Flash Player 
  • QuickTime (Apple users only)
  • Java

The Ashford University Library   requires that you have these installed in order to ensure the best experience   while using the library website and the library databases. Click on the   Download box for instructions if necessary.

*The Pearson Browser Check is not   for mobile devices.

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Prepare: After reading Chapter 3 of your course text, spend a few   minutes watching the following videos in order. Each video builds off the   other and gradually increases your understanding of how a digital library is   organized and functions. 

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Reflect: Think about your previous experience using a physical   library and your experience using a digital library. Then, consider your   experience using search engines to find sources. How are the experiences   different and/or similar? What are the benefits and drawbacks to each?

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Write: Now that you have read your text and watched the three   videos, respond to the questions below: 

  • In your own words, define        database and search engine and explain how they are different. Explain        what they are as if you are teaching a friend, child, spouse, or        coworker about them. Share at least one tip or bit of advice for using        the Ashford University Library, in particular. 
  • Discuss how using a digital        library to search for information will be different than your past        library experiences. What are some benefits? What are some challenges? 
  • Do some preliminary searching        in both a search engine and in the AU Library for sources related to        your research question from Week One. What do you notice about the        differences in search results between the two? 

To maximize the opportunity for   vigorous discussion, you must post to this discussion on at least three   separate days of the week and your posts must total at least 600 words   as you address the questions noted above. Your first post must be completed   by Day 3 (Thursday) and the remainder of your posts must be completed by Day   7 (Monday). You must answer all aspects of the prompt at some point during   the week. Also, be sure to reply to your classmates and instructor.

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Respond to Peers: As your reply to your classmates, attempt to take the   conversation further by examining their claims or arguments in more depth or   responding to the posts that they make to you. Keep the discussion on target   and try to analyze things in as much detail as you can. For instance, you   might consider reflecting on your classmates’ description of benefits and   challenges of using a digital library and comparing their responses to your   own. You might also share how helpful their tip for using the AU Library was   and how you plan to integrate that tip into your own searching.


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