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    • Tools AND CONCEPTS for digging Deeper
      Data Basics
    • The Research Question
      All research begins with a question? What’s your problem?
      Question: Does alcohol provide health benefits if used in moderation? YES?    NO?
      Position: Small amounts of alcohol can improve health.
      What are some benefits of alcohol use?
      What are some problems alcohol use can cause?
      What are some types of diseases it can prevent?
      What are some diseases it can cause?
      Do the benefits outweigh the risks?
    • Keywords and the Research Question
      The literature review is the information that gives you the big picture for answering the question.
      Question: Does alcohol provide health benefits if used in moderation?
      Possible Keywords:
      drinking and health benefits
      alcohol and moderation
      alcohol and heart disease
      alcohol and liver disease
    • What Keywords do!
      Keywords help us in 3 big ways!
      They let you focus on specific aspects for the issue
      They use variations of terms relating to your topic
      They relate the terms together so the database will retrieve articles that give you information about how the terms are related in practice
    • The Database
      Model
      Warehouse Distributor
      Ebscohost
      Databases
      (vendor)
      Big Box Stores
      Academic Search Premier
      (General Database)
      Specialty Store
      Specialty Store
      Specialty Store
      ATLA Religion Database
      (Specialty)
      Consumer Health Complete
      (Specialty)
      Biological Abstracts
      (Specialty)
    • The Web Model
    • What’s in (Brick) Stores
      File/Table
      Company Item Price
      Aeropostale Crest Graphic Jersey $15.95
      American Eagle Eagle Plaid Poplin $24.95
      Baby Phat Liquid Legging $19.90
      Hollister Zuma Beach $49.50
      Record
      American Eagle Eagle Plaid Poplin $24.95
      Fields
    • What’s in (LibraryData) Stores
      File/Table
      Author Title Location
      King, Stephen Christine PS3561.I48
      Myer, Stephenie Twilight PZ7.M57188
      Poe, Edgar Allen Tales PS2612 .A1
      Record
      Myer, Stephenie Twilight PZ7.M57188
      Fields
    • The Database F.A.C.E.
      Find
      Any
      Content
      Everywhere
      Or functionally speaking,
      Search, Sort, and Save
      Search Blanks, Fields, Limiters, Print, Email, Download, Export
    • The F.A.C.E -Database
      There are a number of ways to search sort and save database information,
      some features do more than one thing.
      Search
      Sort
      Search
      Sort
      Sort
      Save
      Save
    • Basic Search Techniques
      The library catalog is a database, so are the journal databases,
      both of them use similar techniques to get to information like Boolean Logic,
      truncation, quotations, and field searching!
      Boolean logic: Boolean logic is the ability to connect search terms using and, or, and not. These connectors help searchers widen or narrow their search as needed. The "and" connector is used to narrow a search. The "or" connector is used to widen a search. The "not" connector narrows a search by not including items containing the specified terms.
    • Advanced Searching
      • Quotation marks: Quotation marks allow searchers to look for specific phrases. For example, if you search for “global warming", you should retrieve only pages with that exact phrase. Most, but not all, search engines allow you to focus your search using quotation marks.
      • Truncation: Truncation allows searchers to look for various forms of the same word. For example, by truncating "manage" you will find information on "manage," "manager," "managers," "management," and more. Some databases, especially on the internet, truncate automatically. Others require you to use a truncation symbol (such as an asterisk) to indicate you wish to search for all forms of a word.
      • Proximity searching: Proximity searching allows you to specify how close together in a sentence or paragraph you want your search terms to be. Ex: war near 5 iraq - Depending on the database, this will retrieve records with the terms near 5 words of each other (in any order).
      • Field searching: Field searching allows you to restrict your search to specific fields in a database, such as “title,” "author," or “text“ (anywhere in the text).