Randall’s Initial Research Question

I want to study how
nonprofits use
Electronic media
to solicit
donations

http://www....
Parse the Question
• Pick out keywords
– Nonprofits
– Electronic media
– Solicit
– Donations

• Consider relationship betw...
“nonprofits AND electronic media AND
solicit AND donations”  1 hit in EBSCO
“Trio”
Nonprofits
1 result at the intersectio...
Yipes! 1 result??
• We know intuitively
that there should be
some articles out
there …
• How can we refine &
get results?
...
How Do We Get More?
Truncation / wildcard  *
– donat* = donate, donates, donation, donations
– nonprofit* = nonprofit, no...
In English / CMMC-ese
• (nonprofit* or non-profit*) AND (electronic
media OR email* OR e-mail* OR Internet ) AND
( donatio...
Boolean Search with Synonyms
1,511 articles in EBSCO “Trio”
nonprofit* or
non-profit*
1,511 results at the intersection
o...
Is That a “Good” Number?
• Hmmm
• Probably not.
• That’s too many to go
through
– Too many “false
positives” or articles
t...
How Do We Get More Refine?
• Use the “Subject:
Thesaurus Term”
on EBSCO’s left
Narrow by Source Type and/or Database
DO NOT Refine by Full-text

Why?
Full-text via Find @ UNC
Use Find @ UNC if no pdf, html link

Full-text of article
somewhere else

Options for getting
full-text via
Interlibrary L...
If article is not online …
Lather, Rinse, Repeat
• Try in different databases
– PubMed
– PsycINFO

• Try with new search terms

http://www.sxc.hu/pho...
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714 Database & Web Research

  1. 1. Randall’s Initial Research Question I want to study how nonprofits use Electronic media to solicit donations http://www.flickr.com/photos/crystaljingsr/3915514014/
  2. 2. Parse the Question • Pick out keywords – Nonprofits – Electronic media – Solicit – Donations • Consider relationship between the concepts – All of these are unique concepts – Link with AND
  3. 3. “nonprofits AND electronic media AND solicit AND donations”  1 hit in EBSCO “Trio” Nonprofits 1 result at the intersection of these 4 concepts Electronic media solicit 1 donations http://guides.lib.unc.edu/matc716
  4. 4. Yipes! 1 result?? • We know intuitively that there should be some articles out there … • How can we refine & get results? http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1058971
  5. 5. How Do We Get More? Truncation / wildcard  * – donat* = donate, donates, donation, donations – nonprofit* = nonprofit, nonprofits Look at EBSCO subject terms & add to above – ENDOWMENT* – Internet More synonyms – E-mail* OR email* – fund-rais*
  6. 6. In English / CMMC-ese • (nonprofit* or non-profit*) AND (electronic media OR email* OR e-mail* OR Internet ) AND ( donation* OR endow* OR fund-rais* )
  7. 7. Boolean Search with Synonyms 1,511 articles in EBSCO “Trio” nonprofit* or non-profit* 1,511 results at the intersection of these 2 concepts donation* OR endow* OR fund-rais* 1,511 electronic media OR email* OR email* OR Internet
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. How Do We Get More Refine? • Use the “Subject: Thesaurus Term” on EBSCO’s left
  10. 10. Narrow by Source Type and/or Database
  11. 11. DO NOT Refine by Full-text Why? Full-text via Find @ UNC
  12. 12. Use Find @ UNC if no pdf, html link Full-text of article somewhere else Options for getting full-text via Interlibrary Loan
  13. 13. If article is not online …
  14. 14. Lather, Rinse, Repeat • Try in different databases – PubMed – PsycINFO • Try with new search terms http://www.sxc.hu/photo/110154

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