Today we will cover….Basic Search StrategyNarrowing and Expanding SearchesKeywords vs. Subject HeadingsSelecting the right databaseManaging your citationsFinding additional help
Basic Search Strategy Narrows a search Both terms appear in same recordAND Terms have different meanings example: internet AND socialization Broadens a search Either term may appear in recordOR Terms have similar meanings example: (viewing OR watching)
Narrowing and expanding Can look for multiple endings of a word or pluralsasterisk theor* theory, theories, theoretical Allows you to specify how close you want your terms to appear in the recordProximity social w1 identity = social identity = “social identity”
Narrowing and expandingKeywords Searches: title, abstract,Default fields subjects and in some cases the full text of the record Subject Searches: only the subjectDescriptor line-This makes your searches more specific and better defined
Before we start doing research RefworksFirst get a Refworks AccountSign up for the account at refworks.comSet up a folder and we are ready to save articles Remember- even if the article is full text- put it in your refworks file so you can have the citation
Dissecting your topic 5 ways to start your search effectively 1. Pick the correct database 2. Match your terminology to the database 3. Search more than one database 4. Keep track of your citations 5. Contact me for help BEFORE you get frustrated!