Despite the dual exclamations marks, lets just say my brain was a little less thrilled to back in the collegiate saddle that required remembering how to “Cite” sources.
Week two offered to be a bit more challenging for me for a few different reasons. The first one being the aforementioned fact that I was mentally ready, but not actually prepared to rewire my brain. I completed my Bachelors in 2005, and the search for looking up resources to complete papers seems to have been a lot more antiquated compared to now. The primary difference between that time period and now, is that although the process was tedious…you knew of only 1-2 routes to get you were you needed to go.
And not that I’m a fossil or anything, but when you only know one way…well you only know ONE way. And although the integration of being able to find articles from the comfort of my own home via the Queens University Everett Library Database was more convenient; it was also more complex in learning the new system and where to go. It was the equivalent of a highway with numerous exits and routes that you hope would take you to were you needed to go.
I was left less assured of my findings; because I wasn’t sure if I selected the right radio dial or was even utilizing the correct vehicle. Once link in the database would carry you to another page, and then that page would provide information somewhere else…utimately causing me to forget what I was even searching for in the first place. Eventually I had to retrain my brain about how to look up content…which trust me isn’t easy for most us women to do. (lol)
After a few hours in I decided to take it slow, and see where it my keyword findings would lead me. The example given for this project seemed rather simplistic in our word searches; however, to narrow the content down more it required better word selection and phrases. Once I got the core or the basics down pack with where to go, then I was able to integrate more databases into my search. I felt like I was learning how to ride a Research Paper bike all over again! But with different wheels this time and at a faster speed.
I went from feeling like Alicia Silverstone in “Clueless” to a possible extra from Revenge of the Nerds. So even though I didn’t walk away from this experience feeling like a subject matter expert…at least I’m no longer an inexperienced novice either! 🙂