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SDV 100 Course Playbook

Capstone Project

illustration depicting a presentationYour capstone project is about career exploration.  Before you start, make sure to read the instructions carefully. If you have any questions about the project, please contact your instructor.

The resources below will help you find information for your project, and the careers activity will give you the opportunity to practice finding that information.

Career Exploration: Library Resources

  • From the library's home page, search under START HERE to find background information about careers. 
  • From the library's home page, search under FIND BOOKS to find print and electronic books about careers.  Click on the down arrow and select "subject," then format your search this way: (your term) AND vocational guidance.
    • Example: photography AND vocational guidance
  • From the library's home page, find articles about your chosen career by searching under FIND ARTICLES. Type your search this way: (your term) AND vocational guidance
    • Example: architecture AND vocational guidance

Career Exploration: Web Resources

Best site for researching career paths: Occupational Outlook Handbook

Other sites are listed below.

Bibliography

Your presentation will include a slide with a bibliography in MLA format. 

  • Use the library's MLA citation playbook to learn how to cite your sources
  • Avoid citation generators, even if they are part of databases; they frequently introduce errors, and if you don't know how to cite, you will not notice the errors
  • Learn how to cite from scratch; in the long run, it saves time and increases your grade
  • Contact the librarians if you need help learning how to cite. Come see us at the library, or email us at reference@pvcc.edu

Career Exploration Practice

The activities below will allow you to familiarize yourself with helpful career resources.

1. Go to the Occupational Outlook Handbook

  • Name 2 occupations listed as the highest paying
  • Name 2 occupations listed as the fastest growing

2. Go back to the Occupational Outlook Handbook

  • Under Occupation Groups, select a group, then pick a career
  • Be prepared to provide a summary of that career to the class

3. Go to the library's homepage

Under START HERE, search for photographers

Write down 3 facts about the career, and write down the title of your source

Be prepared to share your information with the class

4. Go back to the library's home page

  • Under FIND BOOKS, search for books about the careers listed below (remember to format the search using occupation name AND vocational guidance -- for example: medicine AND vocational guidance)
    • photography
    • nursing
    • chef
    • police officer
  • Select 2 books from the results list
  • Be prepared to share the title, author, and year of publication with the class

 

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