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ATHS502:Seminar Human Characteristics in Relation to Usability of Assistive Technolgies

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Welcome Cohort 4!

Sample Topics from Cohort 3 for Annotated Bibliography Assisgnment

  • Preventing AT Abandonment, Usability of a Recumbent Bike as AT Device, Factors in/Reasons for AT Abandonment,  AAC Device abandonment,, Cognitive prostheses, AT for Learning Disabilities, AT for an Aging Population, Usability and Outcome Measures of AT in SpEd, Outcome Assessment, Barriers to use of AT for Blind/VI Users, Reasons for Low Hearing Aid Uptake in Adults, AT for nonverbal adults, Web accessibility, iPad for AAC, AAC use/avoidance related to gender/ethnicity, Team assessment, Telemedicine for wheeled mobility assessment, Smartphones as AT devices,  Strategies for AT implementation, Usability of AT in the classroom, Person-Centered approach to motivate AT use in the HS/College student, AT in Chemistry Labs, Family Centered Approach

Goals of Library Session March 12, 2014 Cohort 4

  • Learn how to identify if Oviatt Library offers access to a particular article, or book
  • Learn how to retrieve article, book
  • Learn how to cite the article APA style
  • Learn how to  order items using Interlibrary Loan --You MUST identify yourself in the ILL loans notes field as:   Distance Ed  ATHS Cohort4
  • Learn about the OneSearch interface  ---  There are many tutorials at http://library.csun.edu/tutorials
  • Learn about the Oviatt library catalog
  • Learn about the Find Text Find Text image menu
  • Find out how you looked up the two citations (cited in APA style) starting at http://library.csun.edu and any questions you may have

Assignment: Please try to find and retrieve the full-text resources for each of the following articles, starting at http://library.csun.edu. NOTE: You will NOT need to actually read theses articles for next week.  The following citations are using APA format and each citation needs to be double spaced with the second and third lines indented. The presentation below is NOT accurate for spacing and indentation.

Johnston, S. S., & Evans, J. (2005). Considering response efficiency as a strategy to prevent assistive technologyabandonment. Journal of Special Education Technology, 20(3), 45-50.  Retrieved from Education Research Complete (Ebsco).

Wilson, D. J., Mitchell, J. M., Kemp, B. J., Adkins, R. H., & Mann, W. (2009). Effects of assistive technology on functional decline in people aging with a disability. Assistive Technology : The Official Journal of RESNA, 21(4),208-217. doi: 10.1080/10400430903246068

Take notes on how you found these articles and especially note any problems that you encountered.


Finding Articles in Magazines, Journals, and Newspapers

Pick a database recommended for your subject from Databases by Subject and then search using keywords.

To locate the full text of an article:

  • If full-text is available in the database, click on the link to full text (HTML or PDF).
  • If full-text isn't available in the database, click the Find Text button to see if we have access to the article in another database or in print in the library
  • If no Find Text button is available or you didn't find the article through our databases, search for the magazine or journal title using the Journals tab in the library catalog.
  • If the full text isn't available through the Library, you can request an Interlibrary Loan for the article(s) that you need. However, you must allow about two weeks for this!


Check for Full Text Using Find Text

If the article isn't available full text in the database you are searching, click the Find Text button to see if we have access to the full text through another database or in print. A new page opens that will have one or more of the following links:

  • Full text available via [database name]: Click to access the full-text online. If the link takes you to a publication-level page, you can navigate to the article by first choosing the correct year, then the correct month or volume number, then the issue, and then selecting the article from the displayed table of contents.
  • We have this. Check availability in CSU Northridge Catalog: We have the article in print. Click to view the catalog record for the journal or magazine. You'll need to note the call number and then go to the fourth floor to get the article.
  • Request document via Interlibrary Loan: We do not have the article online or in print. You can request the article via interlibrary loan (takes approximately ten working days).

For more information, see About Find Text.

Creating an Annotated Bibliography

What is an annotated bibliography?

An annotated bibliography is a list of sources (books, articles, websites, etc.) with short paragraph about each source. An annotated bibliography is sometimes a useful step before drafting a research paper, or it can stand alone as an overview of the research available on a topic.

Each source in the annotated bibliography has a citation - the information a reader needs to find the original source, in a consistent format to make that easier. These consistent formats are called citation styles.  The most common citation styles are MLA (Modern Language Association) for humanities, and APA (American Psychological Association) for social sciences.

Annotations are about 4 to 6 sentences long (roughly 150 words), and address:

  •     Main focus or purpose of the work
  •     Usefulness or relevance to your research topic 
  •     Special features of the work that were unique or helpful
  •     Background and credibility of the author
  •     Conclusions or observations reached by the author
  •     Conclusions or observations reached by you

Annotations versus abstracts

Many scholarly articles start with an abstract, which is the author's summary of the article, to help you decide whether you should read the entire article.  This abstract is not the same thing as an annotation.  The annotation needs to be in your own words, to explain the relevance of the source to your particular assignment or research question.