Put example in color and have “health care reform” come in and then health and care and reform appear later.
Animated gif would be great here.
Show a screen from EBSCO the same as done for Google Advanced search with arrows and bubbles. Be sure to include full text option. Crop as necessary and make print larger, using more than one page if necessary.
Database Search Techniques
USING A GENERAL DATABASE –
WHY AND TECHNIQUES
OBJECTIVE: STUDENTS WILL UNDERSTAND ADVANCED SEARCH TECHNIQUES INCLUDING THE USE OF QUOTATION MARKS FOR
PHRASE SEARCHING, TRUNCATION OR WILD CARD*, AND ADVANCED SEARCH SCREENS.
Shoutout to Hemingway Library!!! Thanks for the template!
THE WEB VS. DATABASE(S)
• Authority varies
• Millions of hits
• Lots of hits are junk,
• Some advanced
• Info not necessarily
• Authority high –
• Maybe thousand of
hits at most, more
• More advanced
• Info in database is
QUOTATION MARKS AND
In library catalogs and article
databases, the two most helpful
advanced search techniques are:
1) Quotation Marks
2) Truncation or Wild Card
Quotation marks are used around phrases. By using
quotations marks, you are telling the computer to only bring
back pages with the terms you typed in the exact order you
health AND care AND reform
(hey – you saw this in the General Search Strategies
For example, if you are interested in finding
information on social networking, it is best to
search for “social networking” in quotation
marks. Otherwise, the computer might
search for social AND networking and find
many more irrelevant results.
Truncation means to chop off.
When you truncate you chop
off the end of the word, so the
computer can search for
For example, your research
question includes the keyword
education. You can truncate
education, so that the
computer will find all of the
word ending variations.
Educat* will find:
Be careful where you place the truncation
symbol. Educate* will not find education or
educating, although it will find educate and
Truncation will not find synonyms (i.e. scien*
will not find the words botany, biology, or
astronomy), although it may bring up articles
on those topics IF they include the words
science, scientific, or scientist.
TO SEARCH MORE PRECISELY IN ARTICLE
DATABASES, YOU CAN USE THEIR ADVANCED
IN ARTICLE DATABASES, YOU CAN ALSO REFINE
YOUR SEARCH AFTER REVIEWING YOUR SEARCH
This screen shot of the
SIRS database shows
conducting a search
for smoking AND
• Mrs. Smithfield is easily contacted!
• 900-0432 (text)
• Asmithfield (twitter)
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