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Library presentation for JOMC 714, Database & Web Research, October 2013.

Library presentation for JOMC 714, Database & Web Research, October 2013.


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  • 1. Emily’s Initial Research Question I want to study the increasing dependence on virtual workers in the newspaper workplace http://www.flickr.com/photos/crystaljingsr/3915514014/
  • 2. Parse the Question • Pick out keywords – Dependence – Virtual workers – Newspaper workplace • Consider relationship between the concepts – All of these are unique concepts • Link with AND
  • 3. “Dependence AND virtual workers AND newspaper workplace”  0 hits in CMMC virtual workers newspaper workplace dependence 0 results at the intersection of these 3 concepts 0 Communication and Mass Media Complete
  • 4. No Results? Really? • We know intuitively that there are articles about this concept • How can we get more? http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1058971
  • 5. Search with Synonyms: OR • Virtual workers – Telecommuting – Outsourced • Newspaper workplace – Newspapers – Newsroom • “Workplace” is implied – Exclude These are related concepts, Link with AND (telecommuting OR outsourced) AND (newspapers OR newsroom)
  • 6. Boolean Search with Synonyms 7 articles in CMMC telecommuting OR outsourced newspapers OR newsroom7 results at the intersection of these 2 concepts 7 Communication and Mass Media Complete
  • 7. Is That a “Good” Number? • Hmmm • Probably not. • There should be LOTS MORE! http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1058971
  • 8. How Do We Get More? • Truncation / wildcard  * – Telecommut* = telecommute, telecommuting – Newspaper* = newspaper, newspapers • Look at database search terms for more ideas Truncation symbol in LexisNexis is ! Search for Newsroom! Outsource!
  • 9. Examples Truncate! • telecommute* OR Outsource* • Newspaper* OR Newsroom* Look at EBSCO subject terms & add to above • CONTRACTING out • MASS Media Industry More synonyms • Broadcast* OR journalis* • Not explicitly a newsroom, but conceptually related
  • 10. In English / CMMC-ese • ( telecommut* OR outsource* OR CONTRACTING out ) AND ( newspaper* OR newsroom* OR journalis* OR MASS media industry OR broadcast* )
  • 11. Boolean Search with Synonyms 72 articles in CMMC telecommut* OR outsource* OR CONTRACTING out newspaper* OR newsroom* OR journalis* OR MASS media industry OR broadcast* 72 results at the intersection of these 2 concepts 72 Communication and Mass Media Complete
  • 12. Even More Results?! • Search more than one database • “Choose Databases” in EBSCO – “Use the EBSCO ‘Accessory Wall’ wisely:” – Hover over the yellow icon for more info.
  • 13. Click the one(s) you want.
  • 14. Search in THREE EBSCO databases telecommut* OR outsource* OR CONTRACTING out newspaper* OR newsroom* OR journalis* OR MASS media industry OR broadcast* 3,120 results at the intersection of these 2 concepts 3,120 Communication and Mass Media Complete AND Academic Search Complete AND Business Source Complete
  • 15. Is That a “Good” Number? • Hmmm • Probably not. • That’s too many to go through – Too many “false positives” or articles that aren’t relevant http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1058971
  • 16. How Do We Get More Refine? • Use the “Subject: Thesaurus Term” on EBSCO’s left
  • 17. Narrow by Source Type and/or Database
  • 18. DO NOT Refine by Full-text Why? Full-text via Find @ UNC
  • 19. Use Find @ UNC if no pdf, html link Full-text of article somewhere else Options for getting full-text via Interlibrary Loan
  • 20. If article is not online …
  • 21. Lather, Rinse, Repeat • Try in different databases – PubMed – PsycINFO • Try with new search terms http://www.sxc.hu/photo/110154