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Exercise 1: Interpreting Entries in Sterling, the Online Catalog
Conduct an author search for E. L. Doctorow. (Hint: enter Doctorow, E. L. in the search box) In what formats is Ragtime available in the library?
Look at the Sterling entry for the video recording (VHS) of Ragtime. Which black performer's name was omitted from the list of performers in the Sterling catalog entry?
Who directed the 1981 motion picture adaptation of Ragtime?
Dina De Laurentis
Exercise 2. Locating Information in Online Reference Sources
From the Howard Library home page, click on "Quick (or General) Reference," then "Encyclopedias." Use Encyclopedia Britannica Online to answer the next four questions.
Enter "Booker T. Washington" in the search box. During which time span does the encyclopedia entry describe Booker T. Washington as "the most influential spokesman for black Americans"?
Enter "Scott Joplin" in the search box. At which school did Scott Joplin, "the king of ragtime," study music?
George R. Smith College
In 1902, Joplin published his first extended work using the rhythmic devices of ragtime. What kind of composition did Joplin publish first?
Enter "Model T" in the search box. Henry Ford first manufactured the Model T in 1908. Ford conceived the car as a practical and affordable vehicle for the common man. How much did the Model T cost in 1908?
Exercise 3: Identifying an Authoritative Web site
Use Google to locate information about the Morgan Library in New York City. Select a trustworthy Web site to find information about financier Pierpont Morgan's Library. Which architect designed the structure "to reflect the nature and stature of its holdings"?
Albert I. Cassell
Exercise 4: Finding Information in a Newspaper Database
From the Howard Library home page, click on the "Databases" link, then scroll down and select "Multidisciplinary Subjects." Click on "LexisNexis." Enter "ragtime" in the "Easy Search" query box. Select "previous month" as the date. Look at the source titles retrieved by the search. How would you describe the geographic coverage represented by the newspapers and magazines that published articles about ragtime music?
Exercise 5:Finding Information through a Full-Text Article
Again, from the Howard Library home page, click on the "Databases" link, then "A-B" to search "Academic Search Premier." Locate a 1984 review of Ragtime by entering "Doctorow ragtime" in the search box. Select a brief article in PDF full text that discusses the deeper meaning of Ragtime. How does the author characterize "the era of Ragtime"?